Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride is encouraging East Kilbride groups to apply for grant funding to support local environmental projects.
Linda said “Our town has many wonderful volunteers, school pupils and groups who come together to create wonderful environmental projects for the benefit of the residents of East Kilbride.
“I would urge them to take advantage of the grants on offer as their efforts are truly appreciated by the people of East Kilbride.
“I would in particular like to praise the work of the Friends of Langlands Moss and the East Kilbride Development Trust. Their endeavours help to make the town such a wonderful place to live.”
Local organisations with green ambitions could pick up a £10,000 grant to help them reach their goals, after The Green Insurance Company launched its award winning Green Grants initiative for a second year.
The Green Grants initiative, launched in 2010, offers communities the opportunity to apply for funding to help support local environmental projects. The initiative proved so successful last year that the company has doubled the initial funding value to a total of £40,000 for the coming awards.
By expanding the scheme, The Green Insurance Company is able to offer one grant of up to £10,000 for a special project which will make a real difference to the environment, with the remaining £30,000 available in grants of up to £2000.
Gordon Ross, The Green Insurance Company’s Green Grants spokesperson, said “We were amazed by the response to the Green Grants initiative last year, and wanted to do something even bigger in 2011. The £10,000 grant could fund a great local environmental initiative while the £30,000 of smaller grants will ensure we are able to help projects all across the UK. We’re excited to see the applications which come in.
“The grants we awarded last year have already been making a real difference up and down the country, so we hope that by providing a bigger pot of money we’ll be able to help lots more organisations have a positive green impact on their local areas.”
The Green Insurance Company has set up an easy-to-use online application form available at http://www.greeninsurancegiving.co.uk/grants.php and is inviting applications up until 30th November 2011. A panel of environmental experts including representatives from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Glasgow University, the RSPB and The National Trust for Scotland will review all applications. The announcements of the projects that have been successful in achieving the grants of up to £2000 will be made in January 2012. Alongside this, three of the best applications in the £10,000 category will be shortlisted for a public vote to decide which organisation will receive the one off grant.
For further information on Green Grants and full eligibility criteria visit www.greeninsurancecompany.co.uk/giving.
For further information on The Green Insurance Company and the range of environmentally friendly insurance products they offer visit www.greeninsurancecompany.co.uk.