The first 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 first projects to receive awards through the scheme:
- Gedling Play Forum were awarded £800 to help run their Make it from Scrap workshops
- Minster School, (Southwell) were awarded £1000 to help towards purchasing recycling bins for the school.
- Remedi - Restorative Services were awarded £600 to help purchase a polytunnel and tools for the allotment
- Sam's Workplace (Mansfield) were awarded £591 to purchase composting equipment
- Carr Hill Primary School (Retford) The Tyre Garden and Seating project were awarded £300 to purchase tools and compost which the school’s Green Champions will use along with old tyres and pallets to create an outside reading area beneath a tree on the school field. This project reuses, recycles and educates children about how everyday objects can be put to another use.
Lea Hawkes, General Manager for Veolia said: ‘It’s fantastic that we can support so many of these worthwhile projects helping to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for Nottinghamshire through the newly updated EnviroGrant fund, and look forward to reviewing the next applications in October.’
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of the Council’s Communities and Place Committee, said: “This scheme encourages local groups to be creative with their resources to reduce waste going to landfill for the benefit of the environment. The successful groups are receiving grants to fund their waste reduction aspirations, which include purchasing new equipment and other resources that will have a long-term positive impact on our local recycling rates.”
Funding can be granted for a variety of projects and activities including workshops, practical equipment, education and awareness raising. Funding can be sought by 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 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. Apply online at: