The Western Riverside Environmental Fund (WREF) is offering grants for projects that work with local communities to promote environmental improvements and sustainable waste management in the London Boroughs of:
Hammersmith and Fulham • Kensington and Chelsea • Lambeth • Wandsworth
Grants are available to support the following categories of projects as defined by ENTRUST, the regulator of the landfill tax credit scheme:
D) The provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or public amenity where it is for the protection of the environment e.g. pocket parks and seating areas, play areas, open spaces on housing estates, churchyards and community gardens.
DA) Delivery of biodiversity conservation for UK species habitats.
Grants are usually offered in the range of £5,000 – £25,000 with the flexibility to approve higher and lower amounts in exceptional circumstances.
There are two funding rounds per year with current closing dates of 27 February 2012 and 31 August 2012.
The application process has two stages; an Expression of Interest form can be submitted at any time throughout the year, the second stage applications need to be submitted by the deadlines stated above.
The fund was set up in April 1999 to utilise landfill tax credits arising from household rubbish and other waste handled by the Western Riverside Waste Authority. The fund is managed by Groundwork UK.
To date, over £3 million has been made available to environmental projects within the four Western Riverside boroughs.