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Projects invited to apply for two new Cairngorms Trust funds

By Niall Harkiss

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The Cairngorms Trust has two new funds open for projects within the Cairngorms National Park.
The Cairngorms Trust has two new funds open for projects within the Cairngorms National Park.

Two new funds have been opened by Cairngorms Trust to support projects within the Cairngorms National Park.

The Cairngorms Trust Nature Resilience Fund, worth £35,000, has been established to support the building of nature resilience to climate change and biodiversity decline within the park.

The fund has been designed to support Cairngorms communities and the businesses based in those communities, by taking locally led action to address:

  • Habitat connectivity and/or habitat quality and functionality, such as tree planting, pond creation, native wildflower meadows, pollinator habitats (i.e. bee homes, banks, decaying wood habitats), creating stepping stones for nature
  • Species in need, Cairngorms Nature Action plan priority species, pollinators)
  • Education and awareness (interpretation, demonstration, knowledge building and monitoring)

The fund will be split into two strands:

A main fund, which will be allocated to larger projects (grant of £7000 to £10,000 per project) that will concentrate on nature resilience to climate change and reversing biodiversity decline in the park.

A secondary fund will be allocated to Community Pollinator projects (around £750 per project) that will concentrate on materials and equipment for wildflower meadows, verge creation and maintaining wildflower areas.

Also now open is the Cairngorms Trust Campaign Path Maintenance Fund for 2022.

The Trust are looking to fund two projects in their infrastructure of local communities within the Cairngorms theme, relating to path maintenance and bridge repair to allow communities and visitors to use the outdoors within the community area.

The amount of funding will be around £7500 per project.

Projects that have match funding to bring greater benefit to the project will be accepted.

All projects should have two underpinning principles:

1. Green – projects will contribute to strengthening the natural and social capital of the Park.

2. Cairngorms – projects will be Cairngorms National Park focused and contribute to the benefit of the Community or landscapes within the area.

Roger Clegg, chair of the Cairngorms Trust said: ‘We are delighted to open these two funds and support nature and people getting out into nature, particularly those projects that will have a positive effect on climate change and our communities within the Cairngorms"

Full details of the fund and applications forms are available on the Cairngorms Trust website at cairngormstrust.org.uk.

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