Community projects set to receive £37k grants

WEST Cumbrian community projects are set to receive Green Grants worth £37,000.

NuGen has identified 17 community projects that will receive Green Grants worth £37,000 to help them improve the local environment and promote sustainability.

The Green Grants scheme was launched in October last year.

It invited community projects close to the Moorside Site to apply for funding up to £5k, to help improve and enhance the local environment, resulting in long term benefits to the local communities.

NuGen’s CEO, Tom Samson, Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, and John Berry from the University of Cumbria were part of a panel which selected the successful schemes from a list of 64 applicants.

The projects which will benefit from Green Grants funding include beach cleaning, creating wildlife habitats, educating school children about the environment and recycling and transforming areas of waste ground for the use of the community.

NuGen CEO, Tom Samson, said: “The calibre of all the submissions was fantastic and picking out the successful applications was a tough job. Having looked into the proposals from all the schemes I firmly believe that the Green Grants funding will create a positive lasting legacy for the communities in which we operate – I can’t wait to see the projects come alive”.

Mike Starkie, mayor of Copeland, welcomed the chance to be involved in selecting the groups which will receive Green Grants. Mr Starkie said: “There is a very strong community spirit across Copeland, and that has been shown in the very strong applications from the widest range of community projects applying for the Green Grants funding.
I believe this highlights the real strength and determination across Copeland at grassroots level to improve our borough. The quality and variety of projects made it very difficult to select the final successful schemes, and I believe they will make a real, sustainable difference to people in their communities and create a lasting legacy.”

Recipients include:

  • Gosforth and District Agricultural Show
  • Lamplugh Parish Land Management Group
  • Waberthwaite Primary School
  • Beckermet Cubs
  • The Phoenix Youth Project, Cleator Moor
  • St Bees Parish Council
  • Friends of Millom Station
  • Beckermet Primary School
  • Gosforth Primary School
  • Thornhill Primary School
  • West Cumbria Rivers Trust
  • Florence Arts Centre
  • Eskdale Mill and Heritage Trust