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Grants to help create a cleaner and greener Northampton

Northampton charity and community-led environmental initiatives can now apply for a funding boost from the EnviroGrant scheme.

The scheme is being launched by Northampton Borough Council and Veolia today, Monday 6 July and will allow constituted charities, schools, sports clubs and community groups to apply for funding of a maximum £1,000 each to support their efforts in improving or protecting their local environment.

Funding can be granted for a variety of new and existing projects and activities within the borough. Examples could include equipment, materials and promotion needed for community litter picks, the improvement or development of green spaces, community food growing, composting schemes or swapping events.

Not-for-profit groups who need support with the physical labour aspect of a project, can also apply for Veolia volunteers to help for a day to get the project off the ground. This can be applied for instead of or in addition to the funding support.

Last year a range of different groups applied for the funding including schools, friends of parks, parish councils and charities, to help deliver projects which ranged from outdoor classrooms, to floral displays, educational equipment and increased green space for residents.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: "We are fortunate to have a lot of fantastic charities and community groups who are passionate about protecting and improving Northampton's environment and the EnviroGrant scheme will help to provide vital support to these not-for-profit groups, to help them get a project off the ground, develop it further or make it more sustainable.

"We are looking forward to receiving applications and seeing the projects develop, for the benefit of our local environment and communities."

Shaun Donohue, General Manager for Veolia, added : "We are pleased to support local community groups with much-needed funding for projects that have real potential to improve the local environment in Northampton. We were delighted by the success the scheme encountered last year and we hope that more community groups will apply for a grant this year."

Applications are also open for Idverde's Community Investment Fund. Community groups running projects with the aim of improving their local parks and green spaces can apply for a grant of up to £1,000.

Andrew Kauffman, Head of Idverde Greenspace Development Team, said: "The Idverde Community Investment Fund allows us to concentrate on improving green space in areas where we have contracts, working with local groups idverde contracts can get more involved in the community providing in-kind and direct support and assistance to continually improve the wonderful green space that are so important to all our wellbeing. Keep the applications coming."

The deadline for applications to this year's EnviroGrant scheme is 31 August. Successful applicants will be announced in October.

Applications for Idverde's Community Investment Fund are open all year.

Find out more about the EnviroGrant Scheme and the Community Investment Fund at: www.northampton.gov.uk/envirogrant

Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:57 by Caroline Holgate

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