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Communities combat climate crisis thanks to £2.8 million of National Lottery money

Today The National Lottery Community Fund announced that nearly £3 million has been awarded to communities in Wales to tackle climate change, thanks to National Lottery players.

Two organisations in Wales have been awarded grants totalling £2,738,621 from The National Lottery Community Fund Climate Action Fund to take climate action within their communities and to help safeguard the environment for future generations to enjoy.

The grants are among 14 grants across the UK totalling over £14 million which are the first that are awarded under the £100 million Climate Action Fund and are made possible thanks to National Lottery players.

The grants follow the £300,000 for 29 small grants earlier this year to existing National Lottery projects as a pilot to improve to make small improvements in their community to tackle climate change. The pilot has so far saved an estimated 56 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

North Wales Wildlife Trust receives £2,499,871 to bring together each of the five local Wildlife Trusts in Wales and empower young people across Wales to take the lead on local climate action in their own communities. The partnership aims to work in Anglesey, North Powys, Ceredigion, Cardiff and Newport, and builds on the pioneering youth development work carried out by North Wales Wildlife Trust thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund’s Our Bright Future programme over the past four years.

The collective vision for the Welsh Wildlife Trusts is to foster a climate and conservation-conscious Wales where young people take the lead in positive action to tackle climate change. Projects are aiming to create green roofs and rain gardens; dig ponds, plant community orchards and hedgerows for wildlife corridors; and take part in peatland restoration. Young people will receive training and skills.

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