Northumberland County Council offers funding for community groups’ climate change efforts

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Left to right are Nick Johnson, Climate Change Project Manager, Matthew Baker, Improvement and Innovation Manager, Council Leader Glen Sanderson and Hazel Scurr, Deputy Climate Change Project Manager.

Northumberland County Council provides financial support to organisations, including voluntary and community groups, registered charities, incorporated groups or clubs, Community Interest Societies (CICs), social enterprises and parish councils so they can make changes to become more sustainable.

Two funding opportunities are available through the Northumberland Climate Change Fund. The first is a small offer of up to £1,000 which could help groups with event equipment, rental costs, energy audits and the planting of community orchards and other green spaces.

The second is a larger offer of up to £5,000, which could be spent on renewables and retrofitting.

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Applications are welcome until Wednesday, June 15, the deadline for the first round of applications.

To apply, projects must support the council’s climate change action plan, be a new initiative, demonstrate longevity and show a commitment to engage with the wider community to encourage action on climate change .

Funding can be used for matching funding to support larger projects, but cannot be used for matching funding for other projects funded by Northumberland County Council.

Council leader Glen Sanderson, who encourages groups to come forward and bid for funding, said: “In Northumberland we are committed to protecting as much of our beautiful natural landscape as possible, but we must all work together to do it. .

“Many groups need financial assistance to realize their full potential to become more environmentally friendly and we want to help them as much as possible.”

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