FALLAGO ENVIRONMENT FUND: C-19 Recovery Footpath Repair Grants 2021

The Fallago Environment Fund, which shares the benefits of the Fallago Rig Wind Farm in the Lammermuir Hills with projects across the Scottish Borders, has launched a special £30,000 Covid-19 recovery fund to help restore community paths in the Scottish Borders that have fallen into disrepair due to increased use during the pandemic.

Rural community groups in the region can apply for grants of up to £2,500 from the fund to help finance work that will enable the public to exercise safely on local routes throughout the summer and beyond. Unable to access gyms or other indoor spaces during lockdown, the public in the region has increasingly turned to outdoor exercise in the Borders countryside. While this has been hugely beneficial for health, the increased traffic has caused many paths to deteriorate. The Fallago Environment Fund hopes that this new £30,000 grant allocation, with payments made up-front, will enable infrastructure to be repaired as quickly as possible so that safe and easy community access is maintained.

The Fallago Environment Fund is supported by Roxburghe Estates, Hermes Infrastructure and EDF Renewables.

The new Fallago Environment Fund pathway grant scheme will be administered by Borders Third Sector Interface partners The Bridge. The application form with guidelines, together with the Terms and Conditions can be downloaded here.

Completed application forms should be emailed to: fallago@the-bridge.uk.net.

To qualify for a grant, applicants should aim to complete path repair work by September 2021. Match funding of 10% in cash or in kind, including volunteer effort, is also required.