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Access, Recreation and Community Development

Why are we willing to fund this outcome?

To develop a sustainable future with vibrant active rural communities, communities need to be empowered to take action within their area to improve their facilities and health.

The Scottish Government is keen to support rural land managers, community groups and non-profit organisations to address gaps in their communities and facilities not currently being met by public or other providers. This will encourage more people to exercise, enjoy and gain a better understanding of their local environment, and encourage local communities to enhance and develop their local facilities to meet their needs.

What will this package achieve?

This package will help add and or improve community facilities, improve access routes and facilities, and improve recreation facilities in your local area.

This outcome gives you the opportunity to work in partnership with other land managers, the local community and interests groups. In all cases your proposal must be of benefit to the local community even if you are proposing to target the wider public.

What you can do

You should choose which of the following Options will help to deliver this outcome.

We suggest the following Options may all be appropriate.

Some Options - shown at the top of the list - will always deliver the desired outcomes. If you choose any of these Options, you will not be expected to provide any justification for choosing that Option.

Other Options - those in the bottom list - will only help achieve the desired outcome in specific circumstances. If you choose any of these, the application system will ask you to explain how you see this Option helping to achieve the outcome. You can select as many, or as few Options as you think you will need. You must judge which Options will most effectively deliver the desired outcomes taking account of your circumstances.

These Options will always deliver the desired outcome
These Options will help to achieve the desired outcome in specific circumstances

Other support available under the SRDP

There are other options available under the SRDP that can help provide access, recreation and community development. There are a number of Land Management Options that can complement this package

  • Skills development
  • Business audit
  • Improving access
  • Access creation for sustainable forest management
  • Management of small woodlands

The Forestry for People Challenge Fund enhances the potential of forests and woodlands to promote physical activity, provide facilities for health improvement, community development and volunteer groups.

The Woods In And Around Towns Challenge Fund can support woodlands that provide an attractive environment for recreation and enjoyment of the countryside and creating distinctive woodland features which may in time become local landmarks.

In addition, the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants Scheme (CCAGS) also provides a range of opportunities which have the potential to increase access, recreation and community development in the crofting counties.

Sources of further information

Further information on access and recreation can be found on Scottish Natural Heritage's website or on the Forestry Commission Scotland's website

Further information on rural communities can be found on the Scottish Government website.