Environmental grant scheme launched

A grant scheme has been launched aimed at local communities keen to clean up and look after their environments.

Through its community grants, independent charity Keep Scotland Beautiful looking to build on the 134 community groups already supported across north east Scotland.

It will award grants of £250 to local organisations, allowing them to make small improvements, funded from the proceeds of the carrier bag charge collected by Tesco.

The supermarket chain’s partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful came after more than 27,000 people took part in a vote to establish the retailer’s charity partners for carrier bag charges.

Eligible organisations, including local neighbourhood and friends groups, local volunteer associations and not-for-profit bodies are all being encouraged to submit their applications via the Keep Scotland Beautiful website and take advantage of the grants to support the creation of cleaner, greener and happier places.

The grants will support a wide range of improvement projects including litter prevention and removal, outdoor reuse projects and imaginative planting.

To be successful, projects have to be centred on local action to improve the environment; be delivered in an environmentally sustainable manner; involve and benefit the community, and be volunteer-led.

Applications for the grant scheme can be made at http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/community-grants-scheme/

Derek Robertson, Keep Scotland Beautiful chief executive, said: “I hope many groups will enter the scheme and use the proceeds to transform a corner of their local community.”