Wessex Water floats new environment fund in partnership with community foundation

Grants to encourage projects that enhance environment

Wessex Water floats new environment fund in partnership with community foundation

WESSEX Water is working with Dorset Community Foundation on 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 Dorset 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, said Kirsty Scarlett, Wessex Water’s head of community engagement.

“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 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.

Dorset Community Foundation director Grant Robson said: “We are excited to be working with Wessex Water again. The interesting thing about this fund is that we wll see projects being funded that have a positive impact on the environment while bringing communities closer together and that’s something we all want to see after a year or more of isolation.”

More about the fund, its criteria and how to apply here.

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