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Everyone has an opportunity to get closer to nature thanks to new scheme


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A scheme offering financial support to help community groups and regional organisations looking to put more people in touch with nature has received dozens of applications.

The fund is a rolling grant and the judging panel has been hard at work in recent weeks assessing the bids. The panel is especially keen to see applications from projects that include creative ways to increase biodiversity and promote behavioural change on accessing green spaces.

The panel is due to decide on the first round of submissions and announce the first batch of winners in early May.

Jacqueline Homan, head of environment at WMCA, said: “We’re delighted to see plenty of submissions coming in for our Community Green Grants project which means people are keen to enjoy the benefits of nature on their doorstep.

“Remember there is still time to get involved, so I would encourage as many groups as possible to take advantage of the cash available and get their funding applications in.”

After launching in late January, the West Midland Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Community Green Grants scheme has already seen more than 40 applications come in from across the region.

To enable as many people as possible to benefit from the grants, the WMCA is working in partnership with regional charity Heart of England Community Foundation, which will be managing the online submission portal and supporting the application and appraisal process.

If you have an idea you would like to discuss in more detail, please email [email protected]

The application and fund factsheet can be found on the Heart of England Community Foundation website.





Written by: David Watkins

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