New fund launched for projects in the park

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority is calling for applications to a new National Park grant scheme with £80,000 of funding available for projects that help enhance the National Park as a place to live, work and visit.  

The new grant scheme is a fantastic way to provide additional benefits for communities, businesses and residents across Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park whilst also seeking to improve the area’s natural, cultural and built heritage.

The National Park grant scheme supports projects that deliver against the 13 outcomes in the National Park partnership plan and local community action plans. The partnership plan provides a guide to how everyone with a role in looking after the National Park will ensure a successful future for this iconic place.

As 2018 is Scotland’s Year of Young People, £10,000 of the fund has been ring-fenced for projects that deliver a range of benefits for or work in partnership with young people aged between 8 to 26 years old. The themed year is an opportunity for generations to come together and celebrate Scotland’s young people.  The grant scheme will give organisations the chance to support young people in the National Park, showcasing their talents and providing a platform for their ideas.  

Stuart Mearns, the Park’s director of planning and rural development says: “The grant scheme allows us to provide vital funding to help make a wide range of projects and initiatives across the Park happen or take a step towards delivering a larger project ambition.  

“To celebrate The Year of Young People we are especially keen to hear about projects which create new opportunities for young people and provide opportunities for them to express themselves and to experience the National Park.

“By supporting project ideas that will help deliver on our recently launched National Park Partnership Plan as well as community priorities identified in local community action plans we are looking forward to helping a diverse range of ambitious project ideas that will make the National Park an even better place to live, work and visit.”

The National Park grant gcheme is open to a range of organisations including voluntary or community groups, schools and public funded bodies. Interested applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest by midnight on Sunday 3 June 2018 before selected applicants are invited to submit a more detailed application.

Projects which received funding from the grant scheme last year include the planting of riparian trees along the river Balvaig near Balquhidder; the installation of a red squirrel viewing hide at Cormonachan woodlands; the repair and restoration of lead framed windows of Younger Hall community building in Kilmun and design work in support of a community led project to redevelop vacant land at Blairmore.

Author: editor

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