Fruity Grants Announced

Forth Environment Link has announced the launch of a fourth round of funding of its Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme 2013 / 2014.

The scheme, supported by the CSGN Development Fund 2013, 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 as a productive food crop.  Forth Environment Link are looking forward to receiving applications that create and look after orchards, and bring people together to have fun in events to use and celebrate orchards.

The CSGN area stretches from Girvan in the west to Leven and Dunbar in the east.  It includes part of Stirlingshire and Fife in the north and follows local authority boundaries to the south.   The full list of areas included can be found by clicking here.  The CSGN Orchard Grant Scheme is open to all groups and individuals in the CSGN 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 or other existing orchards, enhancing orchard biodiversity, and developing orchards as a learning ground.  Applications should be completed online via the Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative website at www.forthvalleysorchards.org.uk/page/csgn-orchard-grants where the full application pack is available. The deadline for the receipt of applications is 9 am on Monday, 30 September 2013.

For information about the scheme, please contact Amparo Echenique, Project Assistant, Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative, at amparo@forthenvironmentlink.org or phone 01786 449215.

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