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Help for 'green' community projects

Published: Friday, 24th November 2017

Local groups with ideas to improve the environment are being offered a helping hand to make them a reality.

The Renewi (formerly Shanks) Corporate Social Responsibility Fund supports communities surrounding the award-winning waste treatment facility at Manvers, helping up to four local projects a year through volunteer time and/or money. Applications are now invited for 2018.

Eligible schemes can apply for up to £3,000 a year if they are within 3.5km (as the crow flies) of the Manvers facility, and up to £1,000 a year if they are further away but still within Barnsley, Doncaster or Rotherham council areas.

Projects can apply for 90% funding, with groups providing 10% matched funds.  In addition, groups can apply for up to 30 hours per year of volunteer time to support their schemes, providing where possible they match the volunteer hours.

Schemes which have benefitted in previous years include an allotment group helping people with learning disabilities, cookery sessions for children in foster care, and a volunteer horticulture training programme to help the unemployed back into work.

Funding is available for a range of environmental projects that will benefit the broader community and the maximum number of people.  Examples could include the creation of community orchards, food waste minimisation sessions or funding for children’s high visibility vests on 'walking bus' schemes which encourage children to walk to school in groups instead of being driven.

Renewi Community Education Liaison Officer, Abi Cox, said: "We aim to be a good neighbour and make a positive contribution to the local community. In addition to making more from waste, we want to help improve the communities we serve more broadly and we hope that initiatives we support will contribute to making them healthier and happier places to live."

Applications should be in by Sunday, 21st January, and successful projects will be notified by the end of February.

More information and applications forms are available on the BDR Waste Partnership website at www.bdronline.co.uk

Note to Editors: The facility is a partnership between BDR (Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils) and 3SE, a consortium of Renewi (formerly Shanks) and SSE. It processes around 250,000 tonnes of leftover household waste a year from 340,000 homes across Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, turning it into useful products rather than sending to landfill. For more information contact Abi Cox on 01709 765350, email: Abigail.cox@shanks.co.uk