Better Places Green Recovery Fund


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A new green recovery fund to help manage visitors at nature ‘hotspots’.

The fund is open for applications until midnight Friday 29 January 2021 - How to Apply to the Better Places Green Recovery Fund.

Read our news release about the fund.

The Fund

We have launched this fund to help communities and destinations develop plans for pro-active visitor management in 'hot spot' locations to enjoy nature. The fund offers financial support to undertake the preliminary stages of visitor management planning, including scoping of the issues and interests. The fund will also support the further development or review of any existing plans, and design work for infrastructure solutions and measures.

The fund will prioritise areas in Scotland which suffer from excessive visitor management pressures, including capacity issues, inadequate or no infrastructure and services, remote locations, erosion and land-based impacts, and anti-social behaviour.

The fund aims to:

  • Test how we better support capacity building and skills development for visitor management planning.
  • Support a visitor management pathway leading to further action and resources, such as infrastructure development (currently funded through the Visit Scotland Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund).
  • Share good practice, and develop useful advice and guidance on visitor management approaches used to tackle common issues, for example, case studies, designs and management measures.

The fund will support NGO or community-led activity costing between £5,000 and £20,000.

Proposals should clearly identify the area of focus, scope the issues, and establish who the interested parties are, gather available information and data. Liaison with the local authority and/or National Park Authority should be a key part of this process, to ensure alignment with any other strategic visitor management activity.

This is a challenge fund with a rolling assessment and approval process.

Applications are invited for project funding. – How to Apply to the Better Places Green Recovery Fund.

If you have any queries on the fund, please email [email protected] in the first instance.