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Coastal fund looks for legacy ideas

By David Porter

North-east communities are being urged to apply for a new fund celebrating Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters.

Scottish National Heritage (SNH) has launched a £150,000 Plunge In pot, offering a range of grants from £2000 up to £10,000 for community groups to participate in and celebrate #YCW2020 in their own way.

Applications are now open for community-led ideas that will engage and connect more people with seas, coasts, lochs, rivers, streams and wetlands, as well as the country’s unique wildlife.

Projects could include restoring habitats or celebrating local environment but the funding body welcomes ideas on how best to celebrate our coasts and waters.

They also want these projects to make a lasting difference to Scotland, so they should leave a legacy from the year – for example through improved skills and knowledge, or the creation of a resource for the local community.

SNH chief executive Francesca Osowska said: “This new fund is a fantastic opportunity for groups to get involved, be creative, help their local environment and wildlife and improve our coasts and waters.”

Applications are open until February 28 and can be accessed on the SNH website via


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