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Council call to make the most of windfarm cash

Community groups in Fenland are being urged to make the most of significant funding pots to develop local environmental projects.

Wind turbine

The Glassmoor Local Environment Fund and the Whitemill Environment Fund were created in 2007 and 2013 respectively to support communities living within the catchment of local windfarm developments.

Fenland District Council, which manages the funds with a committee of local representatives, is eager that more groups and charities take advantage of the cash.

The latest round of bidding has now opened, with grants available for a vast array of projects that have any kind of environmental and educational benefit.

They could include school garden projects, installing energy efficient lighting and heating in community buildings and sports pavilions, community cycling schemes and environmental educational trips for young and old, as well as projects promoting wildlife conservation, waste recycling, car sharing and much more.

Applications are welcome from local groups as well as national charities looking to develop a community wide project in Fenland.

The Whitemill Environment Fund has £7,000 available each year for projects in Coldham, Ring's End, Friday Bridge and Elm, while the Glassmoor Local Environment Fund has £17,500 for projects in Whittlesey, Pondersbridge, Ramsey Mereside, Eastrea and Coates. Larger bids will also be considered while funds are available.

Cllr Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: "This is your chance to help improve your local environment. This funding is available now and we want to see community groups making the most of it. Applying is simple, quick and easy, although we can offer advice to anyone who is unsure about the process."

For more details about the funds, application forms and advice, call Rebecca Robinett, Fenland District Council's Street Pride coordinator, on 01354 654321 or email: rrobinett@fenland.gov.uk

Article added: August 14, 2017