Woodland Grant Fund set to open for applicants.
Posted on 26 Sep 2023
A NEW fund is offering groups a chance to secure money to help play their part in North Ayrshire’s tree-planting bid.
The Woodland Grant Fund has been established to encourage communities to get involved in the Council’s drive to plant 108,000 trees across the region by 2030.
The ambitious target has been set as part of North Ayrshire Council’s determination to be carbon-neutral by 2030.
The Grant Fund will help to deliver tree planting and woodland creation activity at grass roots community level, by supporting new and developing tree planting projects.
There is a total of £25,000 available in the fund with a maximum of £5000 per applicant and it will support tree planting ambitions for the forthcoming winter tree planting season -between November 2023 and March 2024.
If the Council receive more applications than funding available not every project may be successful. If your application is not successful this year, the Grant Fund will open again for new applications in future tree planting seasons.
The closing date for applications for the 2023/24 winter tree planting season is 31st October 2023. Only constituted, not for profit community groups can apply to the grant fund
Councillor Tony Gurney, Cabinet Member for Green Environment and Economy, said: “We really want our community getting involved and playing a part in our drive to plant 108,000 trees in our drive to be carbon neutral by 2030.
“We are looking at other larger-scale sites but there will be opportunities for the community to get involved on a smaller, more manageable scale. This is a really important element of our tree-planting strategy and it will be great to work with more and more groups as we look to reach our target by 2030.
“This fund will really support groups in their ambitions and we look forward to hearing from applicants over the coming weeks.”