Clwyd West MS Darren Millar is encouraging people in flood risk areas to take advantage of a new funding opportunity to make their homes or businesses more resilient.
A £2 million funding pot designed to bolster community resilience by harnessing the power of nature has been launched by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) this summer.
The launch of the Resilient Communities Grant Programme stems from calls for a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic – a recovery which places a stronger focus on action for nature and a recovery that spreads to every part of society.
Darren is calling on eligible residents and businesses to apply.
“The Resilient Communities Grant will provide communities with the opportunities to restore and enhance nature in their local areas.
“As well as providing opportunities to promote diversity and inclusion, particularly amongst communities that have less access to quality green spaces, this funding also provides opportunities to improve community awareness and understanding of climate risks, empowering communities to be involved in decision-making and taking action to tackle climate change impacts.
“Applications have opened this month and I am encouraging people and businesses in Conwy and Denbighshire to develop and submit proposals that they have at their heart.”
Gareth O’Shea, Director of Operations for NRW, said:
“We have seen people connecting with nature during the Covid-19 pandemic and a greater appreciation of the way in which it underpins our health, our economy and our wider wellbeing.
“There has also been increasing recognition that the climate and nature emergencies are upon us, and its impacts are being felt amongst the parts of society that have contributed least to its acceleration. More needs to be done to mitigate and adapt now.
“Our Resilient Communities Grant Programme seeks to support that effort – providing communities with the opportunities to meet these challenges in a number of ways.
“From promoting the benefits of greater access to nature, tackling loneliness and exclusion and empowering people to influence the decisions made in their local areas, we’re encouraging people to submit proposals that can make a significant difference to the health, wellbeing and resilience of current and future generations.”
The Resilient Communities Grant Programme can provide 100% funding and applications are welcomed for amounts from £10,000 to £250,000. Applications can be made across different places and address multiple themes. Applicants who collaborate with other partners to submit joint applications are also warmly welcomed.
For further information on NRW’s Resilient Communities Grant Programme and the upcoming webinar, please visit: Natural Resources Wales / Current grant funding opportunities or contact firstname.lastname@example.org