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£500,000 fund for community environment projects

by Cathy Sheel

Community environment groups across Knowsley could benefit from a £500,000 fund aimed at improving the environment across the Liverpool City Region.

The Community Environment Fund – launched by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to build on the success of last year’s Year of the Environment – aims to encourage long-term behavioural change by promoting community engagement and participation in environmental projects.

The fund is open to a variety of not-for-profit groups, including charities, schools or colleges, faith groups, residents’ associations or ‘friends of’ groups.

It will support projects covering the key themes of climate change and resilience, air quality and transport, water, accessible green spaces, habitats and biodiversity, waste and resources, health and wellbeing, carbon and environment literacy, energy reduction, food and agriculture

The fund has been set up to aid a green recovery by helping organisations expand their good work and supporting communities to engage in a range of environmental activities.

Last year charity Faiths4Change received funding from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s Community Fund to run its Green Up Northwood project aimed at creating positive community action around reducing waste.

The group ran a monthly Pop Up ‘Clothes Boutique’ hub, at Northwood Community Centre, when people could donate unwanted clothes, books and toys and take home some they love, all absolutely free!

They also offered access to sewing machines in their Repair Clinic and craft activities for children and adults. The Men Can Cook group ran a Community Cafe providing a delicious home-cooked lunch as well as tea, coffee and cake.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “So much that has happened during the Covid pandemic has shown us how much people appreciate natural spaces, starting projects to green where they live, running local projects and renewing their sense of community. The Community Environment Fund will help local groups continue to improve their environment and do their bit to combat climate change at a local level. We all have our part to play – from individuals to big businesses – by working together can make a difference.”

More information on the Community Environment Fund and how to apply is available at https://www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/community-environment-fund/