Applications to the WREN Community Fund must now be made online for all future deadlines.
After announcing the launch of the new unified Community Fund scheme in January 2015 – which is designed to help deliver public amenity projects within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site in WREN’s operating areas across England and Wales – WREN has now announced that all applications for future funding must be made on the online application form.
The 8 July 2015 deadline was the last deadline for which paper-based application forms would be accepted, and the new online form is expected to go live by 7 August 2015. Applicants should note that an email address will be needed to access the online form.
The Community Fund offers grants of between £2,000 and £50,000 for projects that fit Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund. Under Object D, projects should show commitment to the protection of the environment, and the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or other public amenity. WREN defines a public amenity as something that a community can access and use for leisure or recreation purposes.
Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:
- Replacement doors and windows for village halls and community centres.
- Provision of children’s play equipment in open public spaces.
- Construction of footpaths and cycle ways in public parks.
- The provision of all-weather play surfaces for MUGA multi use games areas.
- The provision of skate parks.
- Dipping platform and all weather paths at local nature reserves.
Community organisations, voluntary groups, charities, and other not-for-profit organisations and groups can apply for funding as long as they have a formal constitution and bank account. Local authorities can also apply. All projects should be ready to start within six months of a funding decision being made.
The deadline for the next round of funding is 4 November 2015.