£10m community fund set up by Severn Trent
Severn Trent has set aside £10 million to fund community groups and projects over the next five years.
Applications are now open for the company’s new Community Fund and an independent panel made up of its customers has been created to decide where the money goes.
More than 300 projects and charities have already expressed an interest in the fund, which launched this week and will run for five years.
Daisy Powell, community fund manager, said: “We’ve already had a fantastic response and more than 300 people have been in touch to register their interest to the fund, and that’s even before applications were open!
“We really want to hear all about schemes, projects and groups that make a real difference to communities.”
The Fund will be looking to support projects which can demonstrate a clear link to one or more of our three elements of community wellbeing:
- People: Projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills;
- Place: Ideas that help create better places to live in and use; and
- Environment: Schemes that will help look after the natural environment, give people greater access to that environment or help look after water.
Severn Trent will also be encouraging projects that have a link to water in some way, such as river restoration, flood alleviation or sustainable drainage.
“Our new Community Fund Panel will be at the heart of our whole process,” adds Powell. “We really wanted to have our customers’ involvement in helping us shape the fund, and ultimately be making the decision on which community projects we should financially support.
“We know there are thousands of groups out there that do fantastic work, and we’re really keen to make a real difference to the communities in our patch, so we’d encourage any community groups, projects or anyone with a great idea to get in touch.”
For further information visit www.stwater.co.uk/communityfund
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