New community environmental fund launched

By Barrie Hudson - 5 May 2021

Charity

Wessex Water has teamed up with Wiltshire Community Foundation to launch a new fund for environmental charity or community projects.

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

Kirsty Scarlett, Wessex Water’s head of community engagement, said priority would be given to groups working to save water, cut the use of single-use plastics, reduce waste or improve local biodiversity.

“The grants will also be targeted at organisations where a small amount of money can make a significant difference,” she added.

“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 water company’s charitable foundation, which provides a dedicated stream of funding for the voluntary sector.

The Wessex Water Foundation plans to provide at least £500,000 every year to support community projects, local environmental 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 that this community-minded company has chosen to work alongside us again after opening the Wessex Water Recovery Fund with us last year.

“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.”

Further information can be found at wiltshirecf.org.uk

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