Thirteen charities and community groups have been awarded a total of £16m in grants by the Welsh government to support their environmental work.
The largest of the grants, which come from the government’s Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, went to the resource efficiency charity Waste Resources Action Programme Cymru, which received £9.5m. Keep Wales Tidy received £2.7m.
KWT plans to use the funding for its Tidy Towns community initiative, which encourages volunteers to improve the environment in their local areas through projects such as habitat management, protecting endangered species and creating and regenerating allotments.
Each of these received grants of less than a million pounds. A further £6m went to three not-for-profit public sector organisations.
In each case, the funding was awarded for a period of two and a half years after a competitive grants process, with most successful organisations receiving the full amount they bid for, according to a statement from the directorate.
Carl Sargeant, Wales’s minister for natural resources, said: "I’m particularly pleased with the mix of excellent organisations that have attracted funding, from wildlife organisations and champions of sustainable land management to those reducing waste and encouraging recycling.
"This funding is further evidence of the Welsh government’s commitment to delivering a sustainable Wales and I look forward to working with these fantastic organisations to build on the good work already evident across Wales."