Friday, 24 July 2015

Changes to WREN Application Procedure Announced

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.
(source: Grantfinder)

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