Devon Communities Together (DCT) has announced the launch of a new Community Wildlife Grant scheme, which has been developed by the Devon Local Nature Partnership (DLNP) to provide small grants of up to £500 to community wildlife projects.
Applications are open to parish and town councils, community groups and community partnerships that wish to fund initiatives that will benefit local wildlife. This includes funding a new idea, continuing an existing project or starting a new group.
The scheme is being managed by Devon Communities Together and has been funded by Devon Environment Foundation, DCT[GA1] and Devon County Council (DCC), as part of their shared commitment to help tackle the ecological emergency.
“We’re encouraging anyone with a great community-based wildlife project to visit our web page and get your applications in via our simple form,” said Geraldine Addo, Project Manager at DCT. “We recognise the vital role community action can play in tackling the ecological emergency; this could range from initiatives around gardens, parks and green spaces, to churchyards, orchards, window boxes, ponds and ditches, buildings and lots more. We’re excited to support communities in Devon to provide lots of long term benefits for wildlife.”
The aim of the grant scheme is to provide a very simple way for community groups to access small amounts of funding to kickstart their groups and initiatives, as well as benefit from advice, equipment and other resources. Guidance for applicants may be found on the website: www.devoncommunities.org.uk/projects/wild-about-devon-community-wildlife-grant-scheme
[GA1]DCT is part of the funders (contribution in kind – staff time).