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Sustainable Development

Sustainable Action Fund

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 made provision for financial or other assistance for purposes connected with the environment. Section 153 (1) of the Act (as amended) specifies the programme known as the Sustainable Action Fund. The Sustainable Action Fund grant programme objectives are to fund research, demonstration projects and other relevant activities in support of sustainable development in Scotland. Support is given in the form of core funding or project funding.

Through the Sustainable Action Fund, the Scottish Government supports funding, including the Climate Challenge Fund, aimed at promoting a sustainable future as part of its Greener Scotland programme, comprising three cross cutting programmes designed to ensure greener progress in all that national and local government does (capacity building, public sector leadership and communications and learning) and five specific programmes:

  • Sustainable Places - Smarter Choices, Smarter Places, sustainable health initiatives, regeneration and greenspace support, architecture and design support to develop demonstration projects.
  • Climate Change - Low carbon initiatives.
  • People and Nature - Biodiversity, landscapes, heritage projects, environmental volunteering.
  • Consumption and Production - Waste, Energy Efficiency, Food.
  • Cultural Identity - Promotion and support of a strong cultural identity across Scotland.

Projects funded up to 2008

From 2001 to 2006, grant funding was allocated through the Sustainable Action Grant (SAG) Scheme to a wide range of projects that demonstrate sustainable development in practice. Grants were given to projects that were innovative, easily replicable, promoted good ideas and practice and encouraged people to behave sustainably. From 2003 to 2006 projects had to be at a national or regional level.

From 2002 to 2008 Aggregates Levy funding was administered through the Sustainable Action Fund.

Case study reports on projects which have previously received government funding.

Among previous core funding, there was grant to Forward Scotland till 2007-08. Forward Scotland's Operating Plan for the year 2006-07 and Strategic Plan for 2006 to 2009 assisted oral discussions in 2006 and 2007 for the purpose of considering Forward Scotland's role and achievements in relation to the grant provided.

Other funding

Alternative funding and grants from Government and other sources for projects concerned with sustainable development or environmental work.