Background to the Fund: The fund was established with funding from BHP Billiton Petroleum Ltd.
What is the focus of the fund: Projects based around enhancing or conserving the local physical environment that also benefit the wider community and improve people’s lives. The fund has the following priorities:
- ‘Greening’ urban areas
- Nature conservation
- Tackling pollution
- Aiding recycling
Who can apply: Voluntary or community groups with a constitution or set of rules in the group’s name.
How much is available: Grants of up to £2000 are available and the total budget is approximately £18k.
Which areas are covered: Merseyside including Halton
Any special criteria: Priority will be given to those groups working in disadvantaged areas of the community that show local community involvement
Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:
- Nature trail to raise awareness of and to access wildlife and plants
- Creation of new wildlife habitats ie tree planting, creation of wetlands
- Protection of existing wildlife habitats
- Gardening tools for an after-school club
- Community composting schemes
- Improving local community waste-land
- Clean up campaign
- Community gardens
- Local food production projects
The closing date is Friday 21 July 2017