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  • Park developed on old industrial site in Edinburgh
  • Children in their coloured raincoats holding hands on a path
  • Community growing space
  • A view of some Glasgow High Rise buildings
  • People walking across the grass

Scottish Natural Heritage  leads on the Scottish Government’s Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention (GISI), part of the 2014 – 2020 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)  programme. The aim of the ERDF is to invest in communities to help them to grow economic activity and employment.

The Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention aims to improve Scotland’s urban environment by increasing and enhancing greenspace in our towns and cities, especially close to areas of multiple deprivation. This will make these areas more attractive for people to live and work in, and therefore attract jobs, businesses and further investment.

£15 million of ERDF money is available through two competitive funds: the Green Infrastructure Fund  and the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund. As funding is provided at a maximum intervention rate of 40%, the GISI will deliver a total value of £37.5m of investment throughout the course of the programme.

We intend to deliver a minimum of 15 capital projects across Scotland that improve or create at least 140 hectares of urban green infrastructure. We also intend to deliver 10-15 smaller community engagement projects where the focus is on working with people to help them make the most of their local greenspace.

Our Interactive Map (LINK TO BE INSERTED WHEN AVAILABLE) shows the location and details of each of our funded projects. These are providing high impact improvements to the quantity, quality and accessibility of greenspace and other green infrastructure in urban Scotland, targeted to benefit our most deprived communities.

You can read more about the Policy Background to the GISI here (LINK TO BE INSERTED AS SOON AS GUIDANCE AVAILABLE)

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