Environment minister Ross Finnie has allocated£548,598 from the Community Environmental Renewal Scheme (CERS) to 18 communities across Scotland.
Projects include the construction of a skateboarding park in Shetland and the development of vegetable gardens for Renfrewshire communities.
Mr Finnie said:
'This investment underlines our commitment to delivering environmental improvements in all areas of Scotland.
'This scheme will help to fund a wide range of community based projects as well as improving services and facilities for communities affected by the noise, dust and loss of habitats caused by quarrying.
'We have now supported more than 200 projects in communities across Scotland in order to enhance their environment and quality of life.'
The scheme is being administered by Forward Scotland, on behalf of the Executive, using funds from the Aggregates Levy.
The full list of grants offered for Community Environmental Renewal Scheme 2004-07 is:
Strichen Meadow Regeneration Project, Strichen, Aberdeenshire -£17,761. Remediation of a former brick work factory site to become a community park
Pitcaple Environment Project, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire -£12,250. Creation of a tree trail through local woodland
Abbotsford Road Public Park Project, Arbroath, Angus -£38,097. Fencing and landscaping of park as part of regeneration scheme
Walker Homes Residents' Association - Play Parks Project, Dunbar, East Lothian -£28,405. Upgrade of existing play equipment to provide stimulating all-age play area
Play Park and Communal Area Regeneration Project, Alloa, Falkirk -£20,000. Upgrade of run-down play area to become all-age play facility
Spire Arts Centre, Newburgh, Fife -£38,348. Restoration and development of historic Newburgh Town Hall
Cassley Drive Play Park, Altass, Sutherland, Highland -£19,000. Upgrade of run-down play area to become all-age play facility
Footpaths Improvement Project, Ullapool, Highland -£25,000. Construction of a footpath network between Morefield and Ullapool
Kilbarchan Community Park Improvement, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire -£50,000. Upgrade of play facilities within community park
Harvest for Health, Renfrewshire -£26,711. Physical improvement of run-down open spaces in five communities, promoting local food production by growing organic vegetables
Old Library Community Garden, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire -£11,120. Provision of a community garden within the grounds of the Old Library Building
Howwood Access Pathways Initiative, Howwood, Renfrewshire -£36,169. Landscaping works, provision of signage and improvements to pathways
Commemorative Bandstand, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders-£9,000. Creation of new community park with commemorative Victorian style bandstand
Coldingham Public Hall Restoration, Coldingham, Scottish Borders -£50,000. Refurbishment and restoration of a community owned historic public hall
Shetland Skate Park, Lerwick, Shetland Islands -£30,000. Construction of a skateboarding park
River Creed Enhancement Plan, Stornoway, Western Isles -£40,000. Woodland and pathway improvements along the River Creed
Black Glen Heritage Trail, Newmarket, Western Isles -£42,685. Provision of interpretation boards and the upgrade of pathways around the village of Newmarket
Lochboisdale Footpath - Phase 1, South Uist, Western Isles -£54,052. Creation of path across bay along the lines of historic low-tide path between two communities