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Green Health Development Fund 2020/2021 – 14th September to 23rd November 2020

North Ayrshire Green Health Partnership is one of four area-wide partnerships developed in Scotland. It will contribute towards “Our Natural Health Service” (ONHS), a national programme led by Scottish Natural Heritage that aims to show how greater use of the outdoors can improve physical activity, mental wellbeing and help to address some of the causes of health inequalities such as access to green space, sustainability and promoting social connections.  Use the following link to find out more

North Ayrshire Green Health Partnership Development Fund – is a way for the Partnership to build green health activity from the grass roots community level by supporting new and developing projects. Local groups can apply for money that will improve the health and wellbeing of local communities through supporting and encouraging more people to spend time outdoors. This could be through one or more of the three pillars of activity:

Pillar 1 – Everyday Contact with Nature – e.g. recreation, pastimes, volunteering, outdoor learning, active travel.

Pillar 2 – Nature based health promotion initiatives – e.g. health walks, Green Gym, community growing initiatives.

Pillar 3 – Nature based interventions with a defined health or social outcome e.g. therapeutic & exercise programmes as a treatment intervention.

There will be pots of funding for up to £1,500, £5,000, and £10,000

Who can apply?

Applicants must be a not for profit, community group/organisation providing a service, based in and serving the people of North Ayrshire Local Authority Area


GHDF 1 Criteria

GHDF 2 Application Form

GHDF 3 Guidance Notes for Applicants

For more information use see @NAGreenHealth on Facebook/Twitter or contact David Meechan on 07773 200525 or email: regarding Funding surgeries /Q&A sessions.

Here we recorded our Green Health Network on October 7th 2020 as it was primarily focused on the Green Health Development Fund 2020/2021. You will get an overview and understanding of what is expected as part of the application process and evaluation of the fund.

For the full details please utilise the forms above or contact David Meechan on or 07773 200525.

Outdoor and Green Activities

There is a significant evidence base for the range of individual and wider social health and well-being benefits that can be achieved through outdoor activity and contact with nature. Key benefits include: better physical and mental health and guarding against future illness; therapeutic and restorative qualities which enhance recovery; reduced social isolation, greater community cohesion and opportunities to establish lifelong healthy behaviours. 

Green health activities includes any nature based activity that gets people outdoors and benefits their physical and/or mental health. It can include a wide range of activities such as:

  • Walking and running
  • Outdoor learning and play
  • Recreation and sport
  • Practical conservation
  • Gardening / Food Growing
  • Active travel

These activities can be built into our everyday lives or it might be something someone participates in in order to prevent poor health or aid recovery from a specific illness.

North Ayrshire is rich in assets and opportunities for people to be physically active and engage in the outdoors.

North Ayrshire Green Health Partnership

KA Leisure is working with a wide range of organisations in the health, social care, environment, leisure, sport and active travel sectors as part of the North Ayrshire Green Health Partnership. There are four pilot Green Health Partnerships making up a key element of Scottish Natural Heritage’s vision for a Natural Health Service in Scotland. Find out more about Our Natural Health Service here.

The Senior Project Officer of the North Ayrshire Green Health Partnership, David Meechan, is employed by  TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) and based with KA Leisure in Irvine. David is working with health and environmental professionals and community groups across North Ayrshire to mainstream approaches to increasing physical activity and improving mental health through engagement with the natural environment.

For more information about the work of the North Ayrshire Green Health Partnership please get in touch with David Meechan:

David Meechan
Senior Project Officer – North Ayrshire Green Health Partnership 
07773 200525