Aberdeenshire West MSP Dennis Robertson has welcomed the award of £112,716 to two rural Deeside communities.
Projects in Logie Coldstone and Tarland are to benefit from the Climate Challenge Fund, which supports communities to tackle climate change by reducing their carbon emissions.
The Climate Challenge Fund has made £37.7 million of funding available to Scottish communities over the last four years and is a grant scheme administered within the Sustainable Action Fund.
The Scottish Government is committed to supporting communities through the Climate Challenge Fund and £10.3 million will be made available each year until 2015 with a proportion of the funding also going to support projects run by and for young people under the Junior Climate Challenge Fund.
Mr Robertson said: “I am delighted for the people of Logie Coldstone for the £64,836 awarded to the Logie Coldstone Trust from the Climate Challenge Fund, this level of funding will make a huge difference to this small but active rural community.
“Logie Coldstone Trust aim is to use this award for its project, ‘A New Lease of Life’, that will refurbish the well used village hall, with double-glazed windows and doors reducing the carbon footprint of the building.
“The neighbouring community of Tarland has been awarded the sum of £47,880 from the Climate Challenge Fund for the Tarland Development Group to encourage local people of all ages and abilities to grow their own fruits and vegetables.
“The Tarland Community Garden project is a great idea to reduce the community’s carbon footprint; I wish the Tarland Development Group and the Logie Coldstone Trust all the best in their initiatives, and I would encourage anyone who would like to find out more to take a look at the Climate Challenge Fund website.”
Communities have the opportunity to bid for those funds to make a real difference by reducing their carbon emissions. Applications are open to communities already in receipt of funding, and the Scottish Government is encouraging applicants.