AONB grants on offer to community groups
A pot of
money is available for community groups to develop projects that focus on
Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Chase AONB Partnership is inviting community groups, public sector
organisations and local businesses to apply for a grant for small projects that
will take place in 2017.
Of the grant scheme, Anne Walker, commented: “We have £16,000 available in our Sustainable
Development Fund, which is a really valuable resource to help local projects
along. We hope we receive plenty of applications and are looking forward to
helping projects that will boost Cannock Chase AONB.”
will be assessed against criteria that includes whether projects conserve or
enhance the natural beauty of Cannock Chase AONB sites, whether they are
sustainable, if they involve local communities, and more.
successful bids included wildlife monitoring equipment for Cannock Chase,
dementia walks from Cannock Chase Visitor Centre, a five-yearly bird survey,
photography training for AONB volunteers, and a project to help people living
with mental illness access a local farm and its surroundings.
projects will be funded up to £500 and larger projects will be funded up to
£2,000. Some element of match funding is required, but this can be in kind such
as volunteer support.
deadline to apply for a grant is Thursday 8 June 2017. The applications will
then be assessed by a panel later in the month.