New grants to help support community initiatives
Two new grant schemes in Northampton are set to give charity and community-led environmental initiatives a funding boost from this summer.
The Envirogrant Scheme is being launched by Northampton Borough Council and Veolia on Monday 4 March and will allow constituted charities, schools, sports clubs and community groups to apply for funding of 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 space, 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.
Applications are also open for Idverde’s Community Investment Fund. The fund is available to community groups running projects with the aim of improving their local parks and green spaces.
Funding can be granted for a variety of projects and activities, including promotion, marketing, and education, as well as practical equipment and running costs.
Councillor Mike Hallam, cabinet member for environment, said: “Northampton has lots of fantastic charities and community groups who are committed to protecting and improving our environment. Both the Veolia Envirogrant Scheme and the Community Investment Fund 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.”
Keith McGurk, Regional Director for Veolia, said: “Veolia have run Envirogrants in other parts of the country and they have always proven to be successful. With the launch of Northampton’s Envirogrant, we want to help local community groups improve their environment and make a difference in the borough.”
Sarah Hughes Clarke, Strategic Development Director, Idverde said: “The new Community Investment Fund allows us concentrate on improving areas where we already have a team in place and local idverde contracts can get more involved by providing in-kind and direct support and assistance. All in all, we anticipate a positive impact both on local groups and their green spaces.”
Find out more about the Envirogrant Scheme and the Community Investment Fund at: www.northampton.gov.uk/envirogrant
The deadline for applications this year’s Envirogrant scheme is 30 April. Successful applications will be announced in June. Applications for the Community Investment Fund are open all year.