Six Nottinghamshire groups awarded grants through EnviroGrant scheme
Six 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 funding through the most recent scheme awards are:
Tin Hat Centre - Community Cafe (Ashfield) Awarded £435.36 to start a reusable cup scheme (Boomerang).
The Boomerang project aims to reduce food and general waste and promote reuse. Funding will be used to purchase reusable cups for use within the community cafe. The cups would be used for beverages and home made soup. The money from the sale of the cups will be used to offer refills at a reduced rate as an incentive for long term waste reduction.
Arno Vale Junior School (Gedling) Awarded £378.49 towards their EcoGarden Project.
The funding provided by the RRRF will be used to purchase timber for a frame to construct a ‘plastic bottle’ greenhouse. A compost bin and water butt will also be added to the eco garden. This will all be part of a wider project to achieve Green Flag status as an eco school.
Blidworth Men-in-Sheds (Newark and Sherwood) Awarded £650 for new workshop equipment
Blidworth Men-in-Sheds is a woodwork and socialising community group that has around 50 members and works with recycled or donated material to create new products ranging from toys to kitchen equipment to walking sticks! The new bandsaw will enable to project to continue supporting the group that creates a community around recycling. “We reclaim as many tools and machines as we can but old machinery can be dangerous. It is a delight to be presented with new state of the art machinery. Safety, accuracy, quality and performance will all improve significantly. We are very grateful to Veolia” (David Ives, Volunteer with Blidworth Men-in-Sheds)
The Mill Adventure Base (Ashfield) Awarded £683.82 for recycling bins in the centre
The Mill Adventure Base sees approximately 5000 young people every year either for the day, or as part of a residential visit. The funding will allow purchase of clearly signed recycled bins to use throughout the site to encourage users to recycle and reduce the general waste produced.
Greasley Beauvale Primary School (Broxtowe) Awarded £613.69 towards their Rainbow Recycle and Reduce Improvement Project
Greasley Beauvale are working towards their Eco School Bronze Award and are developing a project to encourage recycling and reducing throughout school. The funding will be used to purchase composting and gardening equipment and recycling bins.
Asquith Primary School (Mansfield) Awarded £116.76 towards the set up costs of recycling crafts
A new after school club is being set up to encourage the children to reuse their packaging (e.g. paper shopping bags) by teaching them origami techniques to turn them into new items. The funding will allow purchase of some equipment needed to start the workshops.
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 15th April 2019. Apply online at: www.veolia.co.uk/nottinghamshire/envirogrant