Scottish Government Increases Funding for Community GrowingPublished 12 June 2012 in Sustainable Development
On 17 May, the Scottish Government announced £600,000 of funding to support community growing organisations and initiatives. A new website was also launched on 17 May, bringing together all the organisations and grow your own resources that are available for people in Scotland.
The Scottish Government has allocated £450,000 to the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund, which will be distributed to community growing projects over three years. The remaining £177,500 has been allocated to a number of organisations - including the Federation of City Farms and Gardens, Trellis, and Greenspace Scotland - to support the growth of the community growing.
Alongside the funding package, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson, additionally launched a new website - growyourownscotland - which will act as a 'one stop shop' for community growing support and information.
The funding package comes in response to a 2011 report from the Grow Your Own Working Group, established by the Scottish Governmentin 2009 with key stakeholders to ensure that allotments, growing spaces and community food groups and enterprises were strategically supported.
Access the related Scottish Government press release.