Deadline extended to apply for a Green Community Grant

Community groups now have until Sunday 13 February 2022 to submit their applications for a Green Community Grant.

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to help deliver local projects that will help to tackle the Climate and Ecological Emergency by either reducing emissions or supporting nature and biodiversity, whilst also engaging the local community.

The purpose of the grants is to help encourage and enable local groups to "think global and act local" whilst tackling environmental challenges. This ties in with the objectives of the Dacorum Climate Action Network.

We want to see innovative, ambitious projects - some examples of the type of projects that could be considered are:

Biodiversity projects

  • Establishing a community orchard or garden
  • Tree planting
  • Planting pollinator-friendly species - for example, creating wildflower areas
  • Building and/or installing nest boxes, bat boxes, bug hotels, hedgehog hotels
  • Establishing green roofs/living walls.

Transport projects

  • Encouraging people to walk and cycle to school or work - for example, establishing a ‘walking school bus’
  • Installing bike racks at a community building
  • Running bike-confidence classes
  • Establishing an electric pool bike scheme.

Energy projects

  • Putting renewable energy on site
  • Improving energy efficiency of a community building
  • Energy efficiency campaigns

Zero-waste projects

  • Community fridge or food share
  • Repair cafés
  • Installing water fountains to reduce the need for plastic bottles
  • Community reuse library
  • Rainwater harvesting.

Educational projects

  • Materials for a hedgehog conservation educational campaign
  • Environmentally themed workshops, education or training projects
  • Furniture reuse and upcycling classes
  • Educating around environmental food issues – for example, food waste and meat/dairy.

The grants are aimed at community groups including school groups and town and parish councils.

Successful projects will be notified in February, with grants being allocated in March.

Find out more, including how to apply, on our Community Grants page.