The Greggs Foundation Environmental Grant Scheme is funded by the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops and supports projects that improve the local physical environment and also benefit the wider community.
Any not for profit organisation can apply, preference will be given to small, locally based and community led organisations with a turnover not in excess of £300,000 per annum. Schools are also encouraged to apply providing the project is accessible to the community outside of school hours. Schools are given the same level of priority as small locally based organisations; projects and organisations based near Greggs shops are more likely to be supported.
The type of activities that could be funded include for example:
- A growing project in a local primary school
- A group of volunteers who completed litter picking exercises in their local parks or along a local riverbank
- An allotment project for people suffering early stages of dementia
- Clearing an area of wasteland in an area of high social need to create a community garden
Grants can cover a range of project costs, for example, the purchase of equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees/plants, small capital projects and learning activities.
New approaches and innovative ideas together with sustainable approaches to supporting local environments are welcomed.
Previous grant winners include:
- Grow Chichester – Free weekly therapeutic horticulture sessions led by a trained horticultural therapist for vulnerable groups such as the elderly and people with mental health issues.
- Restoration of the “Healing Garden” Newton Farm Ecology Park (Newton Park East)
Round 2 is now open and closes at midnight on the 22nd June 2018.