Local community grants scheme open till 27/11/15!

Local environmental charity and SWM member, Groundwork West Midlands, is encouraging community groups in the West Midlands to submit their applications for a grant of up to £12,000 to improve local green spaces.

The current funding round closes for applications at 12 noon on 27 November 2015, with the next opportunity to bid occurring in early 2016. The grants programme is managed by Groundwork and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a government carrier bag levy.  Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.

The charity is encouraging online applications from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, health bodies, parish/town councils, social enterprises, community interest companies, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations.  Other not-for-profit organisations may also be eligible.

Applications will be shortlisted with three projects in each Tesco region moving forward to a Tesco in store customer vote and will receive grants of either £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000.

Locally based Groundwork ‘Community Enablers’ are available to provide advice to groups on preparing their bids.

For more information, please contact wm.community@groundwork.org.uk, 0121 530 5521 or visit Groundwork’s website.