Five Nottinghamshire groups have been awarded grants through the updated Nottinghamshire EnviroGrant scheme - the Reduce, Reuse, Recycling Fund run by Veolia, (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste contractor).
Designed to support projects that inspire people to think differently about waste and resources, the Fund offers grants to groups, schools and charities who are committed to helping Nottinghamshire to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
The projects which have received awards through the scheme this Autumn are:
John Blow Primary School’s Healthy Living Garden Awarded £969.18 for recycled plastic raised bed kits
John Blow Primary School in Newark and Sherwood are working on a project to re-establish a garden area which will actively support students in growing plants, food and other environmental activities. The funding will allow further development of the garden area including accessible raised beds for growing crops. This will increase students knowledge of the environment with growing crops and developing community involvement.
Redlands Primary School Reducing Paper use project Awarded £266.85 to help with reducing paper use and increase paper recycling in school
Redlands Primary School in Bassetlaw are working on reducing their paper use. Funding will help to reduce the use of paper on display boards by using hessian as a long-term and reusable alternative. In classrooms new paper recycling bins will help the students to increase the paper recycling rates for the school, and paper-making kits will help students to understand what happens to the paper when it is sent to be recycled.
Willow Farm Primary School Composting Project Awarded £79.92 for 2 compost bins and equipment
Willow Farm Primary School in Gedling are developing their outdoor provision for early years pupils after doing some work on composting and recycling. The school plan to use compost bins to recycle garden waste and also waste from daily fruit/veg snacks so students can see the process first hand and develop their experiences.
Richard Bonington Primary & Nursery School Food Glorious Food project Awarded £957 for its recycling based garden project.
Richard Bonington Primary and Nursery School in Gedling are extending their outdoor learning and continuing with a recycling based garden project as they work towards applying for an Eco School Green Flag Award. The funding will allow the school to purchase a greenhouse, water butts to capture and reuse rainwater, chicken coop and other gardening equipment. The soil for the raised beds will be reused from a wildflower meadow area, and food/garden waste will be composted for additional soil improvement.
Hockerton Housing Project in Newark and Sherwood will be able to continue carrying out educational visits for members of the public to visit the sustainable housing project and find out about various strategies that are in place to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle within a sustainable house.
Visitors to the project will be encouraged to think about actions they can take in their own homes to Reduce, Reuse and Recycled inspired by their experiences at Hockerton
Funding through the Reduce, Reuse, Recycling Fund can be granted for a variety of projects and activities including workshops, practical equipment, education and awareness raising. It is for projects that encourage people to think about their waste as a resource. This can be anything from swap shop events to repair workshops, community gardens which make use of reused, reclaimed, or recycled materials, to food growing, food waste reduction initiatives and composting schemes. It could be campaigns to promote and increase recycling and reduce recycling contamination at home, school; or local events, or creative and innovative ideas which encourage people to recycle - from arts projects to recycling bins.
The Fund is a community grant fund for properly constituted, not-for-profit local organisations including charities, voluntary and community groups, forums, clubs, societies and schools, based and working within the seven boroughs and districts in the county of Nottinghamshire (excluding the City of Nottingham).
If you have an idea or are already running a project that helps to inspire others to be thoughtful about waste, the grant could help you get equipment or resources. The next application deadline is the 24th of January 2019. Apply online at: www.veolia.co.uk/nottinghamshire/envirogrant