After a successful launch in 2021, Veolia’s Sustainability Fund is back this year and offering up to £1,000 worth of funding to innovative project ideas to transform local communities across the UK!
This May, Veolia’s Sustainability Fund will support inspirational ideas that aim to make a positive change towards their local communities. The purpose of the Fund is to support non-profit organisations, community groups or individuals that help transform their local community through enhancing biodiversity, promoting sustainable waste behaviours, protecting or preserving resources and the environment, or using recycled, reused or reclaimed materials.
Projects can apply at veolia.co.uk/sustainability-fund
In 2021 Veolia’s Sustainability Fund received over 100 applications and awarded £27,000 worth of funding to 46 grassroot projects up and down the country, as well as in-kind resources and volunteers. Just a few of these projects include:
- Beautiful Bruce Grove - working with local schoolchildren in Haringey to produce posters mounted to street walls encouraging people not to let their dogs foul on the pavements
- For Good Food - Building a raspberry garden for adults with learning disabilities in Sutton to make and sell jam to local shops to raise money for Nickel Support
- Upcycle Birmingham - Helping the community to upcycle furniture in Birmingham
- Camden Beeline - Increasing green space and biodiversity across Camden by creating a connected pollinator pathway of trees, plants and rewilded space.
- Edible All Souls Church and Cheriton - Growing an edible and sustainable garden in Folkestone, East Kent
- Leigh on Sea Larder - Setting up a community fridge in Southend-on-Sea
Rachel Jay, Head of Regional Communications, Veolia UK and Ireland, said: "We are delighted to announce that the Sustainability Fund is back. After supporting some incredible projects last year, we really want to do even more in 2022. The Sustainability Fund aids local communities, non-profit organisations and individuals who want to make a positive change towards our climate crisis and help us build a more sustainable future. We are really excited to see what inspiring, innovative and creative projects apply.”
Catherine Suttle, who runs the Beautiful Bruce Grove group in Haringey that applied to Veolia for the funding, said:
“No-one likes treading in dog mess , but sadly it happens. We got together with Veolia and the Bruce Grove Primary School to do something about it. The school children created beautiful pictures and Veolia gave us generous funds to get the pictures printed as large, easily visible signs and have them mounted on walls locally. Local businesses (Mems DIY and Cheeky Vape), residents and the School allowed their walls to be used, and we now have four fantastic signs in different parts of Bruce Grove.”
Cllr Peray Ahmet, Leader of Haringey Council, said: “Tackling the climate emergency is a top priority for us, and to have this support from Veolia is a great step in helping our community to develop projects that promote sustainability across the borough. Haringey is lucky to have many individuals and groups who are passionate about their neighbourhoods and environment, and I am looking forward to seeing the creative ideas that come forward.”