Archive for August, 2013

Climate Challenge Fund open for new applications

Friday, August 30th, 2013

£10.3 million of funding is available every year until March 2015 from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund which is managed by the independent charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.
In total 578 projects across Scotland have received more than £48.3 million in CCF funding to reduce carbon footprint and make community improvements. Funded projects have including energy efficiency improvements in community owned halls, provision of energy efficiency advice, lower carbon transport schemes, community growing projects and initiatives to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Just launched, the CCF Ideas Bank invites public, third sector and private organisations to propose project ideas that community groups can use to apply for CCF funding in partnership with the proposing organisation. The community group can pay the proposing organisation up to 49% of a CCF grant awarded for their services and expertise.

CCF applications are invited to present to the CCF Grants Panel, with the next draft application deadline in January 2014.
All groups applying for CCF funding receive support from Keep Scotland Beautiful. Keep Scotland Beautiful is the independent charity which is committed to making Scotland clean and green, today and tomorrow.

SAGS trophies presented to Edinburgh In Bloom winners

Sunday, August 18th, 2013


Peter Wright of SAGS

Peter Wright of SAGS hands over the trophies.

This year it was Edinburgh’s turn to get the use of the three SAGS trophies – they are made available to each of the Scottish regions in turn for a year. Edinburgh decided to use the trophies as awards to the individual winners of the best allotment plot competition organised as part of the Edinburgh in Bloom competition. Competitors were judged on the basis of five separate categories:

  • quality of planting and diversity of use,
  • imaginitive layout/crop rotation,
  • green issues,
  • visual appearance/cleanliness,
  • other notable features.

The standard from all entries was very high. Edinburgh has been selected to represent Scotland in the 2013 finals of the Britain in Bloom competition organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.

The winners display their trophies

The winners display their trophies

First prize and the Sir Daniel Stevenson amenity shield was awarded to  Kathy Parker and Andy Crofts of Inverleith.  Kathy and Andy scored very highly in all categories. They achieved full marks in the Green section which turned out to be the deciding issue.

Brian and Muriel Horsburgh of Lady Road also scored highly all round with full marks for quality of planting and diversity of use.  They were awarded second prize and the Sir Robert Greig memorial trophy.

Edna Monteith of Ferry Road scored highly across all categories with a superb range of plants used.  Edna gained third prize and was awarded the Miller Cup.

Possibly useful grants

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

There are notifications from a couple of organisations regarding a new round of grants that could be of use to allotment associations. The RHS grant has a VERY TIGHT DEADLINE!! Click on the links to see full details of what is available and how to apply

The Royal Horticultural Society is launching a new £100,000 fund to be distributed across Scotland over the next three years. Gardening groups will be able to apply for funds between £300 and £10000 for projects that make a difference in their neighbourhood. Advice will be available from RHS development teams based in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The deadline for applications is 23 August 2013.

The Climate Challenge fund in asociation with Keep Scotland Beautiful has grants available for community groups that are tackling climate change through community led projects. The deadline for applications to be considered by the next Grant Panel in December 2013 is September 30 (for a draft application) and October 29 (for the final version).