Big Lottery Fund offers £10m to help areas 'make greener choices'

Communities Living Sustainably programme to make 10 grants of up to £1m each

Big Lottery Fund
Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund is offering £10m of funding to help people in 10 communities live in a more environmentally friendly manner.

The BLF will hand out grants worth up to £1m over up to five years in each of the selected areas to help tackle issues such as rising fuel costs and food poverty, under its Communities Living Sustainably programme.

The programme will fund proposals from community partnerships to run projects that would, for example, reduce waste, help people grow and access local food or improve energy efficiency for people and in community buildings.

Examples given by the BLF of successful projects it had funded in this area included a £300,000 grant to a community recycling project that turned waste cooking oil from restaurants and homes into fuel, and another scheme that involved young people in growing food in a city using sustainable growing practices.

Dharmendra Kanani, England director at the BLF, said: "We want to spark the imagination of local communities to make greener choices and, most importantly, help vulnerable people to reduce their costs and improve their quality of life.

"This £10m investment aims to jump-start a change in the behaviour of individuals and communities to think and act differently in their daily lives so that sustainable living becomes second nature."

Submissions of interest must be made by 31 January. Thirty areas are expected to receive development funding of £10,000 to draw up detailed plans before the final 10 projects are selected.

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