Community groups awarded grants to make their local area a better place to live

Staffordshire community groups awarded funds from the Veolia EnviroGrant scheme.

The grant scheme is part of the partnership that Staffordshire County Council has with Veolia, the operators of the state of the art Energy Recovery Facility in Four Ashes in Staffordshire.

This is the second time this year that Veolia and Staffordshire County Council have awarded funds from the EnviroGrant scheme giving local community groups and charities a helping hand.  Veolia’s commitment, as part of the contract with the Council, is to encourage local residents to get involved in local projects to make Staffordshire a more sustainable county.
Speaking at the event Councillor Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: “I’m very pleased that the Staffordshire County Council and Veolia partnership has introduced this excellent scheme. This makes our partnership stronger and helps us to forge stronger links with our communities.
“The county council commissions practical help to grow the voluntary sector in Staffordshire, because we recognise its’ invaluable role and it gives me great pleasure to hand over this additional support for their work.”
Steve Mitchell – Veolia Director – Midlands West said “We are delighted to support local groups through the EnviroGrant Scheme, and as a company, we have a number of EnviroGrant Schemes in the Midlands.  Over 40 applications were received; all from worthy causes and some very hard decisions have had to be made.  We’re delighted to support local groups through the EnviroGrant Scheme and it is also great to meet the inspiring people who work tirelessly looking after their local communities and environment.”
Rachel Wells Charity Manager at The Kingswood Trust whose project received funding said “The EnviroGrant Funding will give our charity the opportunity to connect more people in a fun and exciting way with nature “
“We are so grateful for this funding as it means that we can kick-start our new Hoot Project.”  
For further information about the EnviroGrant Scheme please contact Hilary Hampton – Communications and Education Manager [email protected] or tel: 0203 567 6315