Funding for ‘green’ projects

Local groups who want to improve their environment can get a helping hand to get their ideas off the ground.

The Renewi (formerly Shanks) Corporate Social Responsibility Fund supports communities surrounding the award-winning waste treatment facility at Manvers, helping up to four local projects a year with cash and/or volunteer time.  Applications are now invited for 2019.

Community, voluntary or environmental groups, charities, not-for-profit organisations and education groups can apply to the special fund.  If they are within 3.5km (as the crow flies) of the Manvers facility, up to £3,000 a year is up for grabs, and up to £1,000 a year if they are further away but still within Barnsley, Doncaster or Rotherham council areas.

Projects can apply for 90 per cent funding, with groups providing 10 per cent matched funds.  In addition, groups can apply for up to 30 hours per year of volunteer time to support their schemes, providing where possible they match the volunteer hours.

Last year’s fund supported a variety of projects which helped hundreds of children and adults across Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, including many with special needs, learn how to grow their own food and cook nutritious meals.

Other projects which have benefitted in the past include an allotment group helping people with learning disabilities, cookery sessions for children in foster care, and a volunteer horticulture training programme to help the unemployed back into work.

Renewi Assistant Community Education Liaison Officer, Rebecca Wilson, said: “We aim to be a good neighbour and make a positive contribution to the local community.  In addition to making more from waste, we want to support the communities we serve more broadly and contribute to making them healthier and happier places to live.”

More information and application forms are available on the BDR Waste Partnership website at www.bdronline.co.uk   Applications should be in by Thursday 28 February and the successful projects will be notified shortly after.

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