New environment fund launched with Wessex Water

We are pleased to be partnering once again with Wessex Water to launch a new fund for charity or community projects that protect or improve the environment.

The Wessex Water Environment Fund, which is now open for applications, will give grants of up to £1,500 to projects that involve communities in environmental activities that benefit the area, have a positive impact on the local environment or educate communities about the importance of supporting it.

Priority will be given to groups working to save water, cut the use of single-use plastics, reduce waste or improve local biodiversity.

Kirsty Scarlett, Wessex Water’s Head of Community engagement commented: “The grants will be targeted at organisations where a small amount of money can make a significant difference. Groups eligible are those with charitable aims, registered charities, and community interest companies with an annual income of less than £500,000. Schools and parish councils can apply if they can demonstrate community benefit to their project.”

Grants can go towards project costs including equipment, salaries and overheads.

The new fund is part of the company’s charitable foundation, which provides a dedicated stream of funding for the voluntary sector.

The Wessex Water Foundation plans to provide at least half a million pounds of funding every year to support community projects, local environment projects, debt advice and charities helping those who are suffering the consequences of poverty through low income or unemployment.

Wiltshire Community Foundation joint chief executive Fiona Oliver said: “We are delighted to be working alongside Wessex Water once again to support local people and local projects. This new fund will help grass roots projects that will not only improve the local environment but also bring communities together. We’re excited to see which projects come forward.”

Find out more about the fund here

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