Urgent action should be taken by any groups that are wishing to apply for the Greenwatch Action Grants which must be applied for by February 24 2012.
Grants are available for groups and organisations who are involved in Green projects that emcompass actions that enhance the biodiversity or are otherwise involved in the natural improvement of Derbyshire. Greenwatch Action Grants worth up to £500 are to be handed out by Derbyshire County Council for Schemes or projects that involve local recycling, energy-saving, nature conservation, environmental education, allotments, etc..
Greenwatch Action Grants
"We welcome applications from non-profit making groups based in Derbyshire."
Each scheme is assessed with regard to its potential benefit in terms of:
- sustainability or long term environmental gain
- the protection and enhancement of Derbsyhire's biodiversity, built heritage, landscape character or local distinctiveness
- the conservation of finite resources
- the reduction of waste, energy consumption or transport impacts
- community involvement and benefit
- baseline environmental data and research.
Natural history groups, schools, community groups and parish councils can all apply for the cash.
Interested groups and organisations should submit applications by February 24 and successful bids will receive their grants before the end of March.
Your group, school or college might be planning:
- a wildlife habitat, community garden or organic vegetable plot
- a local recycling or energy conservation scheme
- research on a local environmental issue
- collection of new environmental data and information
- raising the awareness of sustainability within your area
- a walking guide of your area
- a walk to school club
- working with the local community on Eco School, Sustainable School or Forest School schemes.
Many other environmental projects may be eligible for grants.
Application forms can be downloaded here at the community and living, funding and grants section of www.derbyshire.gov.uk or by calling 08456 058 058.
If you are unsure if you qualify, please contact Ian Goldstraw on 01629 539809.
To read more about a Greenwatch Action Grants application please go to the derbyshire.gov.uk/community/lottery_funding/green_action_grants/ or click the link.