Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) is pleased to announce the official launch of its Community Grant Scheme, a transformative initiative designed to promote biodiversity and strengthen local communities in the region.
Funded by the Cambridge & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) and delivered by HDC, the Community Grant Scheme is a significant step towards enhancing biodiversity and environmental sustainability.
Open to town and parish councils, schools, and community organisations, this grant program offers an invaluable opportunity for residents to make a positive impact on their local environment.
Executive Councillor for Climate and Environment, Councillor Lara Davenport-Ray, said: "Neighbourhood groups and parish councils often ask me for advice on supporting nature in their community. This grant scheme is a direct response to the enthusiasm shown by our residents to restore habitats and try new planting schemes. Starting a community project like this can be overwhelming and intimidating, so this opportunity is about more than just funding. Successful applicants will also receive advice and support from HDC staff.
As our communities tackle environmental challenges, they will quickly influence their neighbours. The Community Biodiversity Grant Scheme demonstrates our dedication to building a stronger and more environmentally responsible district. HDC is committed to improving biodiversity, making Huntingdonshire a thriving space for both people and nature."
Interested parties are asked to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). If your EOI is approved, our HDC Ecologist will conduct a site assessment in late spring/early summer of 2024.
For those who secure a site visit, grant opportunities of up to £8,000 are available for projects aimed at improving biodiversity. These projects encompass a wide range of activities, including but not limited to:
pond and habitat creation and restoration
Expression of Interest submissions are open in two phases. The first window is open now until the end of November 2023 and the second opportunity will be available from January to February 2024.
For more details on the Community Grant Scheme, application guidelines, and eligibility criteria, please visit Community Biodiversity Grant Scheme or email the team at Biodiversity.firstname.lastname@example.org