Stirling-based environmental charity Forth Environment Link has announced two grant schemes available for planting orchards, and the development of new business ideas that will help develop the orchard sector. There are also two practical workshops in the near future which are open to all although priority is given to residents of the Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling areas.
The Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme 2014 / 2015 should be suitable for applications from allotment groups, particularly groups with links to schools or other local organisations. The fund aims to encourage anyone with an interest in orchards – including communities, schools, public agencies and landowners – to plant and manage orchards, use them for learning or celebrations, or use the fruit more productively.
The scheme is open to all groups and individuals in the Central Scotland Green Network area, as long as they can demonstrate wider community involvement in the design, creation and management of the project, and can provide evidence of landowner approval. Grants of between £100 and £500 are available for designing and creating new orchards, managing traditional and other existing orchards, enhancing orchard biodiversity, and developing orchards as a learning ground. Click on the link above to learn more and for details on how to apply. The deadline for applications is September29 2014.
The Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Futures Fund 2014 /2015 is more oriented towards businesses but some allotment associations might be eligible. The fund will make a total of £15,000 available to encourage the development of new business ideas that will help develop the orchard sector. Priority will be given to business ideas that seek to involve the wider community, in addition to generating economic and environmental benefits. Specialist technical support from an orchard expert for orchard creation is available from the CSGN Orchard Futures Fund for successful applicants. The deadline is midnight on Monday, 30 June 2014.
For details of the forthcoming workshops and information on how to apply please click on this link.