The projects range from Scotland-wide youth programmes to community-level recycling initiatives. They share the common themes of promoting sustainable development in local communities, and the sharing of good practice.
'I believe it is vital that we promote and encourage sustainable development initiatives at the local community level. I am therefore delighted to award funding to these exciting and innovative projects. I have every confidence that they will be a success. Their outcomes will be publicised so that experience can be shared and new approaches promoted.
'The fact that we had over 70 applications demonstrates that there is a serious commitment across Scotland to putting sustainable development into practice.'
* The grants for these projects come from the Scottish Executive Sustainable Action Fund.
* 21 projects have been offered funding so far, totalling£334,000 in grants.
Further information on the nature of each of the projects that will receive funding from the Sustainable Action Fund this year, will be available on its websiteby the end of September.
* A table giving a breakdown of projects and grants is available on request from LGCnet.