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A scheme that aims to help fund projects that have an emphasis on sustainability and countering climate change in North Devon is open for applications.

The Climate and Environmental grants (CEG) scheme has £20,000 of funding available each year up to 2023 to give out as grants and was introduced in 2020 to help fund parish council projects in the North Devon Council area which have an emphasis on sustainability and countering climate change.

These projects could include “wilding” open spaces, wild flower meadows, more sustainable approaches to graveyards, renewables, carbon catchment (eg wetland creation, rain gardens etc). Match-funding and projects which are undertaken in partnership with the local community are encouraged.

 CEGs are offered to eligible parish councils in the North Devon Council district which have a population of less than 1,000 (as of November 2019) towards their project for the following elements:

  • training costs
  • set up costs and/or promotion
  • purchase of goods or equipment
  • costs of an event(s) to raise awareness of an issue

Lead Member for Climate Change at North Devon Council, Councillor Caroline Leaver, says: "This grant scheme is a great opportunity for small parishes to support projects that tackle climate change, support improvements to biodiversity and other environmental benefits. I am very happy that the council can provide this practical support to communities, and I urge eligible projects to be brought forward as soon as possible."

It is recommended that parish councils contact the grants team on 01271 388253 to talk through their application and ensure it meets the aims of the fund prior to submitting their application. For a list of eligible parishes, please visit the council's website.

Applications for a CEG will be considered by a panel of councillors twice a year - the first round in September 2021 for applications received between April and 31 August.