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Funding is available for community climate projects in the Vale

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Funding is available for community climate projects in the Vale
Funding is available for community climate projects in the Vale. Image: Wantage Manor Road Park

Communities in the Vale have another chance to apply for funding to help grassroots projects aimed at tackling climate change.

Local groups and town and parish councils can apply for a share of £50,000 from the latest round of the Vale of White Horse District Council’s Climate Action Fund, with up to £5,000 on offer for individual projects. 

The funding is aimed at projects that help to address climate change and increase people’s awareness and knowledge of the climate emergency. Work could focus on areas such as the natural environment, energy, waste and consumption, or transport and travel.

In addition to hearing from existing groups, the council is particularly keen to support newly established climate groups.

Earlier this year, the council awarded funding to 13 projects across the district following the first round of funding. These included a scheme to establish a sustainability community hub in Shrivenham and a project to train people to carry out simple energy-saving improvements in homes in Botley.

Councillor Sally Povolotsky, Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency and Environment at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “While the most significant impact on the climate emergency will come from action taken globally, we should never underestimate what we can do at a local level to influence, make, and facilitate meaningful change. 

“We had some brilliant projects and organisations apply when we launched the Climate Action Fund earlier this year, and it’s a testament to how many groups we have working in the environmental arena in the Vale. However, this time we want to see even more communities submit applications and climate focussed projects happening across the district.”

Councillor Bethia Thomas, Cabinet Member Community Engagement, said: “Every action, no matter how small, will make a difference. So if you have an existing climate focussed project that would benefit from additional support or you are looking to set one up in your local area, I urge you to visit our website whitehorsedc.gov.uk/grants to find out more about our Climate Action Fund and then submit an application.”

Applications are open until midday on 25 November 2022.

Tackling the climate emergency is a priority for the Vale of White Horse District Council. The Climate Action Fund is part of the Vale’s 2022-2024 Climate Action Plan, which outlines the steps the Vale will take to become a carbon neutral council by 2030, alongside how it will support local efforts to reduce emissions.

For more information about the Vale’s climate action, visit:  whitehorsedc.gov.uk/climateaction   

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