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Our Funds

Our two funds, the Green Infrastructure Fund (GIF), and the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund (GICEF), aim to create better places and enhance the quality of life of urban dwellers, regardless of social, economic or cultural background or physical ability, by improving the quality, accessibility and quantity of green infrastructure in our major towns and cities. They are targeted at urban areas in Scotland that have a deficit of good quality greenspace, and suffer from multiple-deprivation and an excess of vacant and derelict land. Communities in these areas will benefit through the improvement and creation of green infrastructure that will help to deliver successful multifunctional places, address inequalities, provide opportunities for better health and support sustainable economic growth. We expect all projects to engage with local communities as an integrated part of their activities in order to promote the participation of people in greenspace.

We are administering £15 million of ERDF funding between our two Funds, providing a 40% project intervention rate (50% in Highlands & Islands). As of July 2017, we have awarded £7.2 million to seven Green Infrastructure Fund projects.

A second round of the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund will open for applications on 3 August 2017. Timings of the next round of the Green Infrastructure Fund will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Our ambition is to raise people’s satisfaction with the quality of their green infrastructure in urban areas, bringing it more into line with satisfaction levels at the national average. The objectives are to:
• improve the quality, accessibility and quantity of green infrastructure in major towns and cities
• provide increased and better opportunities for people to improve their health and well-being
• address inequalities through the creation and improvement of greenspace for communities in areas of multiple deprivation and/or for communities living in proximity to vacant and derelict land
• provide increased opportunities for people to experience and value nature and promote greater use of greenspace by local communities
• contribute to economic regeneration, providing benefits to people and businesses by investing in green infrastructure.

Eligible projects must be located in population areas of 10,000 or more, and in the 15% most deprived areas according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (the 15% threshold is 1046).

There are two main categories of eligible applicant organisations as follows:
• Public Sector
• Voluntary or Charitable Organisations

Applications from partnerships (except when legally constituted as an organisation) or the private sector are not eligible.

The ERDF is a fund of last resort, so applicants will need to have identified all the necessary match funding in advance, even if some is pending approval. Match funding from private or commercial sources and EU or in-kind contributions are not eligible.