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Possible new grant scheme for enhancing the natural environment

Wed 18 Apr 2018

Is your organisation considering a project that could enhance the natural environment in an urban part of Staffordshire?

If so, we would like to hear from you.

Support Staffordshire and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, with Staffordshire Community Foundation, Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, are exploring the potential for submitting a bid for European funding which would be a grant fund for voluntary and community groups as well as town or district councils.

Projects that could be eligible should be aimed at making a positive contribution towards broadening biodiversity within an urban area, especially relating to national objectives to increase the provision and quality of water, grassland and woodland habitats.

The key opportunities would be:

  • Promoting Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire’s existing natural assets, enhancing wildlife habitats and strengthening and increasing habitat networks
  • Enhancing the natural environment to benefit local communities, including providing recreational opportunities through better access to improved environments
  • Improvements to the blue infrastructure, restoring a more natural river and wetland system from its industrialised past, creating a new quality of life asset for the local area.

The definition of urban would include a market town or the core and fringes of a larger town or the city of Stoke-on-Trent.

At this stage we are interested to find out what potential demand there could be for a biodiversity small grant scheme, so we know it is worth investing resources to make an application. Even if your project idea is sketchy, or you are not sure it would fit, please send it in to us. A project idea form is attached for you to complete and return to jill.norman@supportstaffordshire.org.uk by the 30th April, 2018.