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All Wales Grant Scheme - from Keep Wales Tidy

The All Wales Grant Scheme is open to groups, schools and organisations to help cover the cost of items such as tools, safety equipment, project materials, plants, wild flowers and training. These grants are available to support practical environmental projects to help improve community green spaces. These projects can include clean ups, planting and food growing projects, vegetation management, access improvements and habitat/biodiversity improvements.

How much can you apply for?
Eligible applicants can apply for a maximum amount of £500. You cannot apply for more than one grant in any 12 month period.

Who cannot apply for a grant?
• Individuals.
• Private sector organisations.

When does the money have to be spent?
All grant monies will need to be spent and evidenced 6 months after grant approval.

Grant criteria and priorities
Whilst the All Wales Grant Scheme is open to many different groups and projects, priority will be given to applications that can demonstrate:
a) they will result in an improved local environment and/or community green space,
b) they will be ‘adopted’ by the local community/school
c) they are working towards an agreed site management/action plan. 

Who can apply for a grant?
The grant scheme is open to community groups, small charitable organisations, schools and local authorities.

1. Community Groups
Community groups will need to include a copy of their constitution, memorandum of understanding or articles of association with their application.  The grant scheme particularly welcomes applications from constituted community groups that are interested in achieving the Green Flag Community Award. For further guidance please speak to your Keep Wales Tidy Officer (KWT Officer).

2. Schools
All schools are welcome to apply if they can demonstrate:
• They are a registered Eco-Schools, or
• They will register on the Eco-Schools programme and commit to working through the award levels.
• The proposed project must be linked to the Eco-schools action plan and monitored and evaluated accordingly.
• The types of project that CAN be supported include biodiversity improvement, habitat creation, food growing, pollinator enhancement, creation of raised beds.  
• Grants cannot be used to subsidise school activities. Wellingtons, wet weather gear, science equipment etc. will not be funded. Money CANNOT be used to pay for incentives, supply cover, travel costs, expenses
• Monies will be paid directly into a school bank account.
• Project activities can take place inside or outside of the school grounds.

Nb: Priority will be given to secondary schools who submit a Young Reporters for the environment application linked to their grant-funded project (link YRE)

3. Allotment Groups
Allotment groups are eligible to apply provided they meet the following conditions:
• They must show wider community benefit and accessibility. We will not fund individual plot holders.
• must demonstrate how volunteers are involved and are up skilled.
• Must demonstrate that they have taken the environment/biodiversity into account e.g. set aside an area for wildlife/pollinators.
• The grant fund can be used to re-instate disused allotments (e.g. pay for skips for the initial clearance), but we would expect the group to have liaised with the Local Authority over permissions/roles/duties. We will not pay for something that the council should be providing or doing.

4. Local Authorities
This grant is open to Local Authorities who are working towards their Green Flag Award. We particularly welcome applications from potential new Green Flag award sites. Local Authorities need to demonstrate that they have engaged volunteers in their projects. Nb: this fund CANNOT be used to pay for application fees. 

5. Small charitable organisations
The scheme is open to charities with an annual turnover of less than £250,000.

Land use
If groups or schools come forward for funds for community gardens or allotments etc. they must provide evidence of permission to use the land from the landowner. This could be a letter from the landowner, a lease or a management agreement.

Grants Committee and process
Once your form is completed it must be submitted to your local KWT Officer, who will check it and provide comments on your application, along with a recommendation. This accompanies your application form and is submitted to the Keep Wales Tidy grants committee.

The Grants Committee meets monthly. They go through each application form to check they are completed accurately and meet the grant scheme criteria. They then assess each form against the grant criteria and the officer comments, and then make a decision whether to fund.

The funding has been made available by Tesco’s Single Use Carrier Bag money.*

What can you apply for?

• Tools and Equipment
Litter picking equipment and hand tools (e.g. spades, bow-saws, forks, rakes, loppers, grass hooks) wheelbarrows and skip hire. We will consider power tools such as chainsaws, brushcutters or spraying equipment but only when all other options have been explored, i.e. could the group use scythes instead of strimmers. If power tools are applied for then a copy of the accredited training certification must be submitted with the application.  It is recommended that larger items are discussed with your KWT Officer prior to submission of the application.

• Project Materials
We would encourage all groups to make use of the RHS Planting for Wildlife plant list when considering native plants such as trees, shrubs, bulbs and wildflowers.  We will consider certain food growing costs including vegetable seeds, peat free compost, top-soil, planters as well as FSC or reclaimed timber. Consideration will also be given to publicity material to further promote your project and to encourage more volunteers to take part.  

• Training
The grant scheme can fund practical training for group members to enable them to carry out their project. It is strongly recommended that groups discuss their training needs with their KWT Officer. A direct link must be shown in the application between the training requested and the project applied for. We may fund accredited training such as first aid, use of scythes/brushcutter, spraying qualifications, as well as informal non-accredited training. However, training which leads to further education or employment would be prioritised.

• Safety Equipment
Gloves, hand wipes, first aid kits, throw lines, ropes.

• Volunteer Refreshments
Fairtrade tea, coffee and snacks for volunteers. 

We will NOT fund the following:
• Capital items such as; cars, computers, televisions, desks, office equipment, photocopiers, mobile phones. If you are unsure what constitutes a capital item then please discuss with your KWT Officer. Also items for the trapping and culling of native or non-native animals will not be funded.  Travel costs and volunteers expenses will not be funded. Grants cannot be used to subsidise school activities. Wellingtons, wet weather gear, science equipment etc. will not be funded.

*The grant cannot be used to fund KWT Insurance scheme or KWT Green Flag application fees.

Please note:
• Any single item costing more than £250 must be accompanied by three written quotes at the application stage.  If large amounts of money are applied for under a single budget heading, then a full justification of the costs should be submitted with the application.
• This is not an exhaustive list, if you have any doubts or require any further information contact your KWT Officer.