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Cairngorms Green Recovery Fund

The Cairngorms Recovery Fund has been established to support essential community and business recovery actions post COVID

Cairngorms Green Recovery Fund

The Cairngorms Green Recovery Fund aims to help communities and local businesses by supporting projects to create economic growth, jobs, protect nature and address climate change. The fund is made up of £100,000 from the CNPA and a further £30,000 from the Cairngorms Trust and has four guiding principles:

  1. To support projects that are focused on green solutions.
  2. To support the well-being and economic growth of communities.
  3. To support employment.
  4. To support the long term aims of the Cairngorms National Park.

Groups eligible to apply for the Fund include:

  • Community Bodies,
  • Registered Charities,
  • Business Associations and Nature/Climate Bodies or Partnerships.

The Fund is now closed for applications and all successful applications must have their projects completed by 31 March 2021.

Successful Applicants for 2020

Who appliedProject NameHow much fundingPark areaProject Summary
Aboyne & Upper Deeside Rotary ClubLitter Picking Upper Deeside
£697.39
AberdeenshireThe Rotary club want to encourage the children attending Upper Deeside schools to engage with and love their area. They are starting a RotaKids club and have regular adult litter picks to encourage responsible behaviour and pride in their area.
Dalwhinnie Community CouncilBen Alder Road Carpark£6,000HighlandDalwhinnie Community Council along with the 3 estates in the area are planning to build a car park for vehicles that are accessing the Ben Alder hillwalking and mountain biking area. There have been local issues with parking and it is a positive cooperation project to alleviate the parking challenges.
Blair Atholl & Area Tourism Assoc.Blair Atholl Community and Business Development project£6,000Perth and KinrossBlair Atholl and area tourism association are seeking to develop a new organisation and environment, which includes all local businesses (rather than just those that are tourist-related) and provides a digital platform and voice for the local community.
Dee District Salmon FisheryBoardGlen Muick Woodland Connectivity£10,000AberdeenshireNative tree planting to link up existing woodlands and improve habitat networks, will help stabilise river channels, provide shade and leaf litter, reduce bankside erosion, assist natural flood management and help mitigate climate change through woodland expansion. These small enclosures are used as a method of creating tree cover and linking woodland and riparian habitats
Spey Catchment InitiativeRiver Truim Riparian Planting£12,400HighlandThe proposal is to increase woodland cover along the River Truim, a major upland tributary of the River Spey. Planting trees in the upper section will provide valuable shading and nutrient inputs to support fish and invertebrates. In time the trees will help stabilise the river bank and provide woody debris to create the varied pool riffle habitats that fish need to spawn and survive as juveniles.
Caberfeidh HorizonsBuilding on Our Strengths£13,994Highland“Building on our Strengths” is a new development for Caberfeidh Horizons in setting up a community hub for Kingussie and its local area. During the lockdown over COVID 19 the Caberfeidh Horizons bookshop became a local hub. The centre manager post which this fund will pay for 6 months of will support the development of the community and visitor hub further.
Boat of Garten Community HallCOVID 19 recovery & Green Events£6,500HighlandBoat of Garten Community Hall are planning an outdoor ‘room’ that groups can use and encourage use of the hall following the COVID restrictions. They are also looking at providing community access to the toilets for groups and others.
CBPBuilding a sustainable welcome for camper vans£15,530Park WideThe CBP will be working in partnership with a number of other organisations to document provision available for campervans and to encourage campervan users to ‘Do the right thing’ when visiting the Cairngorms National Park.
Glenshee & Strathardle Tourist Ass'nGlenshee Visitor Centre£14,000Perth and KinrossThe wee house of Glenshee is at the gateway to the Cairngorms National Park, on the Snow Roads Route. This funding will allow the visitor centre to be refurbished. One of their aims is to encourage more active travel within there area of rural Perthshire.
Castle Roy Trust SCIOCastle Roy's Covid Crisis£15,870HighlandThe restoration work on Castle Roy had to stop in March due to COVID 19 restrictions. This has meant that some of the work started at the end of the winter has been challenged by the weather and has accelerated the deterioration of the fabric of the building. The grant will allow restoration works to continue and allow Castle Grant to be opened safely to the public.
Growbiz ScotlandSupporting Creative Enterprise in the Cairngorms£13,100Park WideThis project aims to build and support a viable network of creative enterprises across the Cairngorms area, providing business with the digital skills to enable survival and growth during a difficult time for all rural businesses.
RSPBRare Invertebrates in the Cairngorms£4,000Park WideContinuation funding for an existing project. They are looking at specific surveys, and how to encourage under 25’s to access activities and training opportunities.
Braemar Community LtdTomrichton Community Wood£12,000AberdeenshireBraemar Community Ltd have received funding for buying the woodland at Tomrichton. They aim to turn it into a community woodland, increasing the path network they are working in partnership with a wide range of other groups and organisations (schools, youth groups, mens shed, local rangers, neighbouring community woodland owners, Braemar Outdoor Group, and others) to encourage local and visitor use of the woodland, whilst encouraging biodiversity within the woodland.

Supporting communities and local businesses