Funding for the Grass Roots
Funding for the Grass Roots
For the second time this year a funding pot is up for grabs for projects that will enhance the environment, thanks to money raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Postcode Local Trust, a grant giving charity, is encouraging environmental groups around the country to apply for funding - with £1.5million available to distribute.
The kind of projects that are likely to be funded will improve local ecology and habitats, encourage bio-diversity and benefit the wider environment. Groups can apply for funding ranging from £500 - £20,000, by visiting the Applying for a Grant page and completing the Online Application Form.
The previous funding round at the beginning of 2016 saw almost 200 projects receive an award from players.
Postcode Local Trust will open for applications from 1 September 2016 until 5pm on 30 September (5pm).
As a charity lottery, a minimum of 30% goes directly to charities. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised more than £135 million to date for good causes across Great Britain and internationally.
Rebecca Whitley, Trust Manager of Postcode Local Trust, said: “We had such an amazing response to the first funding round and it’s incredible to think that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have supported almost 200 projects in this category already. We really hope to repeat the success of the previous round and we’d love to hear from the many grassroots initiatives that have exciting projects up their sleeves that need support.”
Amongst the charities to receive a grant earlier in the year were Buglife - who undertake work to protect and maintain the populations of insects, spiders and earthworms which are so vital to ecosystems.
Their North Lanarkshire's Buzzing project was awarded £17,337 toward transforming 4 hectares of amenity grassland in the country into colourful diverse meadows - using native species of wildflower.
Gabrielle Flinn, Conservation Officer and Science Communicator at Buglife said: “We were immensely excited to receive funding from PLT this year. It meant that we could work with local communities to improve habitat for pollinators across North Lanarkshire. There is now a lot more colour in the parks we work in and many new bee-loving people!”
Another local grass roots organisation who benefited from players funding was Vauxhall City Farm. In the urban environment of the capital, Greener London is engaging children and adults with disabilities to nature, food and environmental themes. £14,840 of support from Postcode Local Trust is enabling them to purchase the necessary resources to run over 200 farm workshops.
Chief Executive of the farm, Carol Bentoll, added: “This grant will make a real impact in engaging with our service users, allowing them to access and learn about nature and the environment within urban surroundings. We’re delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting groups through this grants scheme, and would urge other groups in the sector to apply.”
Grow Cardiff received £8,528 this year to enhance urban wildlife and develop natural green space. By working alongside the local community, primary schools and many more partners, Grow Cardiff are currently undertaking primary school workshops to grow plants and create mini-beast habitats.
Isla Horton, Outreach and Development Co-ordinator, at Grow Cardiff said: “The support Grow Cardiff has received from the Postcode Local Trust has made a huge impact on Riverside Community Garden. School children, young people, families and volunteers have used the grant to upgrade some tired looking buildings into a thriving space that educates and inspires all our visitors. The funding has also allowed us to support our bees and bee keepers and to enhance our workshops for schools. We're delighted with the results and so thankful for the support we've received".
Zoological Society of London will bring individuals and voluntary groups together and provide them with the skills to improve their local rivers. £12,330 of support from Postcode Local Trust is enabling ZSL to improve the water quality in three of London Rivers, which in turn will provide a healthier environment for people and for wildlife.
Joe Pecorelli, Project Manager, at Zoological Society of London expressed their gratitude: “We are very grateful to the Postcode Local Trust whose funding is enabling us to work with local communities in London to improve our water ways for wildlife and people. This year, with PLT support, we have developed an innovative new technique that enables trained volunteers to identify sources of pollution. We are delighted that the data collected from the teams of volunteers surveying rivers is already informing work to reduce pollution”
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