Charity and Voluntary Sector

Defra: Eight projects from around England will share in £6m in funding through the Government’s Greener Living Fund, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has announced.  The successful projects went through a 2-stage application process and were selected from 112 original applications.
 
Launched at the same time as Defra’s Third Sector Strategy in November 2008, the Greener Living Fund aims to help individuals & communities in England to live more sustainably, reducing their carbon footprint and reducing pressure on natural resources.
 
The fund has been made available to projects that have a clear understanding of who they are trying to influence and their potential to change behaviour and will give them two year funding.  Most of the projects selected look at a range of behaviours that are good for the environment, like home energy, waste and water, but some of the chosen projects are more specialised and will focus on seasonal food and sustainable fishing.
Press release ~ Greener Living Fund ~ Defra pro-environmental behaviours framework ~ Defra’s Third Sector Strategy ~ COIN ~ Co-operatives UK ~ Marine Stewardship Council ~ Sustrans’ TravelSmart ~ Waterwise ~ Global Action Plan
 
OS: Youngsters at Tanners Brook Infant School can share their playtimes with storybook characters in a revamped play area and new reading garden thanks to staff from Ordnance Survey, Bond Pearce and John Lewis. Volunteers worked together to develop a currently underutilised part of the playground and transform it into a Reading Garden providing the teaching staff & pupils with an excellent outdoor resource.  
 
Give & Gain Day is Business in the Community’s national day of action for employee volunteers, who give their time & skills to community projects in over 40 cities & towns throughout the UK.  
Press release ~ Give & Gain Day ~ Business in the Community ~ Ordnance Survey
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