Small Project Grants
Small Project Grants
At the halfway point in 2016, Postcode Local Trust's Small Project Grants scheme has already awarded over £1.7m in funding to nearly 200 projects.
The programme funds grass-roots projects which encourage communities to take a more active role in helping their local, natural environment - benefiting wildlife, enhancing biodiversity and repairing/creating new green habitats.
Some examples of successful Small Project Grants cases include:
CLEAR (Community-Led Environmental Action for Regeneration) was established in 2007 to improve the natural environment and effect social change within a deprived former mining community in Fife.
The Burgeoning Buckhaven project is being supported with £15,310 of player's funding to transform underutilised public space into attractive, productive use by engaging the local community in planting and maintaining the biodiversity of sites across the village.
This project involves extensive planting of new greenspaces in town and adjoining countryside (derelict land/parks/coastal parks/braes) as community orchards and woodlands - planting a variety of shrubs and flowers, whilst holding regular local events to celebrate aspects of the local environment and growing.
Vauxhall City Farm
Vauxhall City Farm is London's most centrally located community farm. Utilising their unique
setting within the capital, they deliver programmes that reconnect children and disadvantaged people to nature, food and the environment
Natural London (2015) reports a third of Londoners aged 16 or under do not visit a local green space in an average month. Furthermore, 14% of London's children have never visited a natural environment and only 6% have visited a city farm.
£14,840 of players funding was awarded to their Greener London education project - aiming to re-connect children aged 5-13 and disabled adults to nature, food and environmental themes.
Children take part in a series of different workshops which develops their awareness of a 'green' environment that can be difficult to access within London's densely populated and developed surroundings.
Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)
CAT were given £9,015 to support their Wonderful Weeds: Wildflower Meadows for Biodiversity initiative.
This involves transforming a large, former agricultural field in the Powys area of Wales - currently of limited ecological value - into a new wildflower meadow that local people can enjoy.
Local individuals have been engaged in surveying, hedging and managing the meadow - with tours and workshops for local visitors and school groups
Wildflower meadows are extremely valuable for pollinators such as bees - but have declined in extent by around 97% since 1945.