£50,000 funding windfall for low carbon community projects
Over £50,000 of funding has been awarded to local projects through the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).
Since June 2020, the Fund has focussed on supporting community-led projects that contribute towards a reduction in carbon and help respond to the climate emergency. These can include:
- Installing renewable energy generation facilities, such as solar panels, to a community building
- Transport initiatives that promote reduced carbon emissions
- The installation of community facilities that minimise waste, such as water fountains
- Any other community-based carbon reduction initiatives.
Tenby RFC were among those to benefit from the most recent round of grants with an initiative to install recycling bins and litter pick stations at each of the sports facilities in the town.
There were two successful applications from the Solva area – one for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at Solva Community Clubhouse, and the other from the Community Organised Allotment for Solva Tenants (COAST) to help with set-up costs.
Others to be awarded an SDF grant were the Paul Sartori Foundation and the EcoDewi community group. The Paul Sartori Foundation’s project involved fitting of tracking devices onto warehouse vans to enable route optimisation and increased fuel economy; while EcoDewi secured funding to support a part-time role organising community engagement events and volunteering activities, and developing wider community partnerships.
Jessica Morgan, Funding and Grants Officer for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust said:
“It’s been wonderful to see such variety in the applications we’ve received, and the innovative climate emergency solutions suggested by communities in the National Park.
“We look forward to receiving the next round of applications, and would encourage any community-led group or organisation that needs support to fund projects that will help reduce carbon and/or respond to climate change to apply as soon as possible.”
The next deadline for SDF applications is Friday 10 September 2021.
To find out more about SDF grants, and to apply online or download the application form please visit our Sustainable Development Plan page.
Sustainable Development Fund (SDF)
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund is a fund supporting community projects in and around the Pembrokeshi...
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