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Jenny Willott MP encourages local groups to apply for Green Grants Funding scheme

November 2, 2011 9:24 AM
Originally published by Jenny Willott MP

Jenny Willott, Lib Dem MP for Cardiff Central, is encouraging local residents to take advantage of the Green Insurance Company's Green Grants scheme for local environmental projects.

The Green Grants initiative, launched in 2010, offers communities throughout the UK the opportunity to apply for funding to help support local environmental projects. The initiative proved so successful last year that the company has doubled the initial funding value to a total of £40,000 for the coming awards.

Last year more than 300 applications were received from environmental community groups across the UK.

The initiative, which was awarded the title of Business Sustainability Initiative of the Year at the British Insurer Awards 2011, helps to promote sustainable living in local communities and raise awareness of the company brand for the eco-conscious consumer.

Jenny Willott, Lib Dem MP for Cardiff Central commented:

"This is a great opportunity for local environmental projects to gain extra funding and I would encourage people to think about community projects that could benefit and to apply for this funding."

Gordon Ross, The Green Insurance Company's Green Grants spokesperson, said:

"We were amazed by the response to the Green Grants initiative last year, and wanted to do something even bigger in 2011. The £10,000 grant could fund a great local environmental initiative while the £30,000 of smaller grants will ensure we are able to help projects all across the UK. We're excited to see the applications which come in.

"The grants we awarded last year have already been making a real difference up and down the country, so we hope that by providing a bigger pot of money we'll be able to help lots more organisations have a positive green impact on their local areas."

The Green Insurance Company has set up an easy-to-use online application form available at http://www.greeninsurancegiving.co.uk/grants.php and is inviting applications up until 30th November 2011. The announcements of the projects that have been successful in achieving the grants of up to £2000 will be made in January 2012.

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