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Farron welcomes grant opportunities for local green projects

November 1, 2011 10:22 AM

Kentmere HydroLocal MP Tim Farron has welcomed the Green Insurance Company's 'Green Grants' initiative which offers £40,000 worth of funding to worthy organisations in the UK.

Local projects with green ambitions can apply for funding of up to £2,000 as well as having the chance of receiving a one off grant of up to £10,000, thanks to the 'Green Grants' initiative. Launched in 2010, it helps to promote sustainable living in local communities.

As of yet, no Cumbrian organisation has been awarded this funding. That is why Tim urges organisations passionate about caring for the environment to put themselves forward and apply.

The grants from last year funded projects such as the building of a polytunnel in Coupar Angus for the local community and primary school to grow plants and vegetables in the humid atmosphere, the creation of a rooftop garden in London for local children and the greater community and the installation of up to 50 bat boxes in the Delph Woods area in Dorset to help protect and expand the bat population while enhancing the local knowledge of the creatures.

For more information, and to apply for the available funding, visit http://www.greeninsurancegiving.co.uk/grants.php before the 30th of November.

Gordon Ross, The Green Insurance Company's Green Grants spokesperson, said: "The grants we awarded last year have already been making a real difference up and down the country, so we hope that by providing a bigger pot of money we'll be able to help lots more organisations have a positive green impact on their local areas.

Tim said: "I really think this is an opportunity that can't be missed. Despite the South Lakes not having been awarded grants last year, I believe we are still home to some extremely hard working and deserving projects. I am a huge supporter of local projects that care for the environment, and this funding, if awarded in our area, could make a huge difference to the community and would have a lasting effect."