PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 10 June 2010
EAST Devon District Council is launching a major new grant scheme to help fund projects that aim to increase awareness and understanding of the natural world. The East Devon Natural Environment Awareness Grant Scheme offers grants of up to £10,000 and app
EAST Devon District Council is launching a major new grant scheme to help fund projects that aim to increase awareness and understanding of the natural world.The East Devon Natural Environment Awareness Grant Scheme offers grants of up to £10,000 and applications are especially invited from schools and communit yand local interest groups that seek to further local knowledge of the natural environment. Expressions of interest must be made to EDDC's Countryside Service and, if initially successful, these projects will be taken to a panel drawn from other organisations for final selection."The council has seen huge benefits from the environmental work its Countryside Service and partners are carrying out in the district," explained Councillor Graham Liverton, EDDC's Portfolio Holder for the Environment, "especially the work involving young people and their natural world."This funding aims to give community schemes across the district a real shot in the arm and help them get projects off the ground in what are increasingly difficult times."EDDC expects the scheme to attract a great interest, so competition is likely to be strong. Organisations can download a form from the council's website at www.eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside and open the link for East Devon Natural Environment Awareness Grant Fund. People who have the beginnings of an idea, but need a little help to develop this further, should contact the Countryside Service on (01395 517557).