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Involving the community in Staffordshire County Council's country estate

As part of the review of its country estate, Staffordshire County Council has recently held two information days - one at Chasewater in the south of the county and the other at Apedale in the north - to update invitees on the review process and to help community and voluntary groups, with an interest in a particular site, to get to know each other. The County Council is looking for organisations who would like to get involved in managing all or part of one of its country parks or other site, including greenways, or developing new activities on those sites.

Barclays £100 Million Agriculture Loan Fund

The fund is for farmers looking to modernise their infrastructure, helping to streamline their farming processes and increase efficiency. The fund will also assist farmers looking to reduce their farm’s exposure to market volatility by providing funds to invest in viable diversification projects, either within agriculture or from non-agriculture sources. Loan could therefore act as source of match funding for grants.

Greggs Foundation - Environmental Grants Programme now open

Improving People's lives by improving their environment

Who do we support?

Any not for profit organisation can apply, preference will be given to small, locally based and community led organisations with a turnover not in excess of £300,000 per annum. Schools are also encouraged to apply and are given the same level of priority as small locally based organisations. 

What type of project can we support?

Himalayan Balsam Bashing!

“Big Pull Fortnight” started in unusually warm sunshine on Saturday 25 June in Cheadle. Members of the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership (CVLLP) joined the Friends of Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall to help tackle the Himalayan Balsam from along the nature reserve. Both old and young helped to remove the weed from the site which is one of the most important sites for water voles in Staffordshire. 

Greggs - Environmental Grant

Improving People's lives by improving their environment

Greggs Foundation aims to make a difference to people in need at the heart of their local communities. It has a number of programmes that aim to address the needs of disadvantaged local communities. 

The environmental grants programme aims to improve peoples lives by improving the environment. The programme is administered by seven charity committees throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Organisations may only apply once per calendar year for this grant.

Who do we support?

“Vision of the Valley” Exhibition Tour 

On Sunday 12 June at Tittesworth Reservoir the eagerly awaited photographic exhibition “Vision of the Valley” was launched. This stunning exhibition celebrates the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership (CVLLP) 4 year Heritage Lottery funded project in pictures. Karen Bradley MP, Alan Taylor from the Heritage Lottery Fund and James Sells CVLLP Chair were all in attendance at the Wild About Water event, where families also enjoyed activities such as bushcraft, willow weaving, bug hunting and river dipping.

Smart Energy Grants

Smart Energy is launching a new fund that will provide grants to not-for-profit organisations that can help engage people and communities across Britain with information about how to get and use smart meters.

The Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund is seeking applications from not-for-profit organisations that can reach those who may face barriers to getting a smart meter, including: