Cheltenham Zero Community Fund hopes to boost climate emergency fight
By Matt Hall | 27th August 2021
Energy, nature and transport projects across Cheltenham are benefitting from the borough's first ever community fund aimed at fighting the climate emergency.
A total of £55,000 has been awarded to community groups, churches, preschools, parishes and more as part of the Cheltenham Zero Community Fund.
The funding pot was made available by the borough council to kickstart community schemes as Cheltenham's work on the climate emergency ramps up.
Cllr Max Wilkinson, cabinet member for climate emergency, said: "I'm so pleased we are able to support such an interesting and positive range of projects as part of our aims to promote carbon neutrality and boost nature.
"These projects will help to reduce emissions, generate clean energy, help biodiversity and promote sustainable transport too. We know that we need to do much more, so there's more to come as our work speeds up - watch this space."
Cheltenham Borough Council has declared a climate emergency and is working to become a carbon neutral council and borough, with a target of 2030.
Laura Tapping, climate emergency programme officer, added: ''We were looking for projects which had the highest level of climate impact and were encouraged to see the amount of match funding supporting these applications.
"Our 14 awarded projects will have a total investment of £150 k including 95k of matched funding intended to be delivered during 2021-2022."
Some of the projects to be awarded the 2021 Cheltenham Zero community grant funding are listed below
Prestbury Parish Council (£5,000) - The project aims to install multiple energy efficient measures at the Parish's Pavilion.
Leckhampton Rovers Football Club (£5,000) - Installation of Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) at the Burrows Playing Fields, Moorend Road.
Monkscroft Community Action Group (£3,500) - Launching a full range of recycling opportunities in Monkscroft from Cowper Road, along Pitman Road, ending in Wasley Road.
Swindon Village Hall (£5,000)- Roof insulation and destratification fans to reduce heat loss from the village hall building.
Parochial Church Council (PCC) Trinity Church Cheltenham (£5,000) - Re-roofing of Trinity Church Cheltenham, incorporating energy saving measures such as PV units.
Naunton Park Pre-School Playgroup (£680) - This project will create a 'green corridor' between Naunton Park School and Naunton Park Rose Gardens.
Christ Church Cheltenham (£1,650) - The project will see the installation of a bank of cycle racks in front of the church building to encourage more of the church members and users to use their bikes more.
We Create Cheltenham CIC (£5,000) - Developing a community planting project which in the context of the climate emergency, Field Fare aims to revive lost skills by growing and foraging for 'useful plants'.
Oakwood School, Cheltenham Borough Homes, Oakwood Area Residents (£5,000) - A scheme incorporating a number of habitat enhancements such as street trees, planters that support pollinators and bollards to protect grass verges.
Cheltenham West End Partnership (£5,000) - A scheme to introduce multiple building energy efficiency measures including LED lighting, motion sensors, radiator thermostats and replacing window blinds.
Bernice Thomson, manager at Cheltenham West End Partnership, said: ''We are so pleased to be given this funding from Cheltenham Zero. At our resource centre in Grove Street we are gradually putting measures in place to reduce our carbon output. This funding will allow us to achieve some of the steps in our action plan including the upgrading of the lighting in the centre. Thank you Cheltenham Borough Council.''
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