More than £1m from a UK Government fund is being shared between two Falkirk groups that aim to help people enhance their skills and support communities along the way.

Both projects hope to help the region achieve net-zero carbon emissions and boost the district’s recovery from the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) cash will help Falkirk Environment Trust (FET) and the Green Action Network develop large-scale projects that will reach out to communities across the district.

FET’s grant of £534,054 will help set up and support Falkirk Food Futures, which aims to give communities better access to healthy, sustainable food.

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