Grants support 11 local community projects

Grants totalling more than £5,000 have been awarded to 11 local groups in the first round of community funding from Telford & Wrekin Council’s contractor idverde.

Grants support 11 local community projects

The grants will help the local groups fund projects that improve their environment or community.

Projects include new plants and planters in various parks and green spaces, improvements to local playgrounds, community garden projects, pond dipping equipment, new tools, picnic tables and a conservation initiative to protect Ghost Moths in Apley Woods.

The Community Investment Fund Telford and Wrekin was set up as part of the added value element of the Council’s contract with idverde to help local people fund projects that enhance or protect the local environment or improve facilities or resources.

Cllr Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “These grants may be small, but to non-profit local groups, they can make all the difference. Groups across the borough have been successful in securing funds, which I am thrilled about. Well done to them.”

Contract Manager for idverde Ben Federico said: “We were delighted by the number of applications for such an interesting array of projects. Our thanks to everyone who applied. It won’t be possible to hand the cheques over in person this time round, but we will be following the progress of each project with great interest. We’re also looking forward to supporting more local projects in the next funding round.”

As well as the idverde grants, there are a number of other community grants available to Telford and Wrekin groups.

Cllr Carter added: “The Envirogrants offered by our waste contractor Veolia are open for applications until 31 January, so if you are looking for funds of up to £1,000 for a local community or environmental project that you are involved in, do get your application in.”

Apply for Envirogrant funding here.

The following are the groups getting grants in this round of idverde’s local grants:

1.High Ercall Village Institute – funding for a shelter on the playing field to make it more accessible in all weathers.

2.Ellerdine Village Hall – funding for picnic tables for the playing fields around the village hall 

3.Dawley Hamlets Parish Council – improvements to the Spring Village playground

4.Telford Horsehay Steam Trust – funding to help rebuild the signal box

5.Hall Barn in Madeley – funding for various projects in the communal garden

6.Madeley Community Orchard Group – funding to resurface the path to make it suitable for wheelchair users

7.Dawley Hamlets Local Nature Reserve – funding for pond dipping equipment

8.Friends of Granville Country Park – funding for PPE and new tools

9.Telford Priory School – funding for a tree and planter for the front of the school

10.Friends of Dawley Park – funding for a project to create raised beds

11.Friends of Apley Woods – funding for a conservation project for the protection of the ghost moth

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