Small Grants supporting local environmental projects from the sale of 5p shopping bags

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Article date
18 April 2016
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Funding and Fundraising

The latest issue of Funding Digest features details about two small grants programmes helping support local environmental projects from the sale of 5p shopping bags.

Greggs Foundation Small Environmental Grant

The grants programme which is funded by the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops aims to improve people’s lives by improving their environments. The funding is available to small, locally based community led organisations. Schools are also able to apply and will receive the same level of preference as small organisations. Under the small grants programme funding of up to £2,500 is available to purchase equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees/plants, small capital projects and learning activities. The type of activities that can be funded include groups of volunteers who completed litter picking exercises in their local parks or along a local riverbank; an allotment project for people suffering early stages of dementia; a growing project in a local primary school; and clearing an area of wasteland in an area of high social need to create a community garden; etc.

Tesco Bags of Help Grants scheme

The scheme which is being funded through the 5p carrier bag charge & Administered by the environmental charity “Groundwork” provides grants to improve green spaces in communities. This can include: Parks, pocket parks & urban green spaces; Green corridors – river & canals, cycle ways; Formal & informal play areas; Open access sports facilities within public parks & recreation grounds – e.g. football pitches, tennis courts & cricket pitches; Informal outdoor recreation facilities; for example; gym equipment, trim trails & woodland walks; Churchyards; Allotments; School grounds; Community spaces on housing estates or residential areas; etc. The scheme will award six grants up to £12,000 per year in each of the 428 Tesco regions. Tesco customers will vote over two weekends in their store for their favourite shortlisted local project.
These are just two of the many exciting grant and award programmes featured in our April 2016 edition of Funding Digest along with lots of other interesting information. Visit our website for details about how to subscribe, free of charge, to this monthly publication, which is only available to Charities and Voluntary and Community organisations and groups working primarily for the benefit of residents and communities in the Borough of Reading.

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