New fund open to applications from national park youth projects

A new fund worth £15,000 is now open for applications from projects within the Cairngorms National Park that promote young people’s connection to nature and their communities.

By
Mark Dowie
Thursday, 6th January 2022, 12:18pm
New fund open to applications from national park youth projects
The fund is open for applications until January 22.

The Cairngorms Youth Local Action Group (Youth LAG), a sub group of The Cairngorms Trust, is responsible for the fund which will enable young people in their living, learning and working within the park.

Among the types of activities that will be eligible include skills development, inter-generational projects, nature connection and inclusion.

The funding scheme also aims to support projects that inspire environmental awareness to address biodiversity loss and climate change.

Helping to oversee the process is the Cairngorms National Park Authority’s outdoor learning & engagement manager, Alan Smith.

He said: “We want to empower young people to do things that they couldn’t do without the fund.

"Whether it is promoting a connection to nature and the environment, tackling climate change, skills development or inspiring creative opportunities and improving well-being, we hope that this fund can help.

“The last two years have been difficult for everyone but our young people have found it particularly challenging, so if there are groups or individuals with a great idea to boost the lives of the Park’s youth, please do take a look at The Cairngorms Trust website for more information.”

Funding could be used to buy equipment and materials, pay for training courses, organising networking events and so on.

The fund is aimed at those under the age of 30 and who live within the Cairngorms National Park, or will be carrying out their activity in the park.

Furthermore, the Youth LAG will also commission and run its own projects from the fund, which includes plans for a Youth Artist in Residence and a Celebration event at the end of the funding, to bring together all the beneficiaries and share success stories.

The fund opened for applications on January 1 with a deadline of 21 January 2022.

More information can be found on The Cairngorms Trust website at https://cairngormstrust.org.uk/cairngorms-youth-fund

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