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Help for 'green' community projects

Published: Tuesday, 23rd January 2018

The deadline for local community groups to apply for funding to help with environmental projects has been extended to February 16th.

This is to give more people a chance to benefit from the special fund which has helped with a range of schemes including an allotment group for people with learning disabilities, cookery sessions for children in foster care, and a volunteer horticulture training programme to help the unemployed back into work.

The Renewi (formerly Shanks) Corporate Social Responsibility Fund supports communities surrounding the BDR Waste Partnership’s award-winning waste treatment facility at Manvers, helping up to four local projects a year through volunteer time and/or money.

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.

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.”

The deadline for applications from local groups including schools should be in by Friday, 16th February.

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Note to Editors: The facility at Manvers is a partnership between BDR (Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils) and 3SE, a consortium of Renewi (formerly Shanks) and SSE.  It processes around 230,000 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 Abigail.cox@shanks.co.uk