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New fund looks to make the South Hams’ infrastructure greener

South Hams District Council is launching a new fund to support and boost green infrastructure in the area – and is inviting applications from the community.

The new Climate Infrastructure Fund has been created to invest in the development of infrastructure related projects to help the South Hams reduce its carbon emissions. Organisations applying can ask for between £1,000 and £25,000 to support their projects.
Cllr Tom Holway, South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Climate Change and Biodiversity, said: “As a Council we’re delighted to be able to deliver this fund that can support key infrastructure projects that will have great long-term benefits for the environment and the South Hams community.
“Everyone needs to work together to tackle climate change and engaging with community groups and organisations is a great way to make that happen. The sort of projects that this fund can support will all play a profound part in making the South Hams reduce its carbon footprint.”

The Council is looking to support projects through the fund that add to or improve communities and help people transition to more sustainable ways of living. These could include proposals like increasing the availability of private transport alternatives like car clubs, bike hire, volunteer transport or new cycle routes to list a few. Projects with match funding or that lever in additional funds will be looked upon favourably.

Applications are welcomed from constituted groups or clubs, voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, CICs and CIOs, not-for-profit companies, schools, colleges, universities, statutory bodies and community benefit societies.

The funding can be used for a wide range of activities relating to these projects, including (but not limited to):

  • Producing feasibility studies, proof of concept and market assessments
  • Construction and installation of fixed structures such as bike racks, community owned car charging points or cycle routes
  • Events and activity costs
  • Capital costs as part of a wider project

If you’d like to apply, you can check that your organisation is eligible and complete the expression of interest application form on our website: https://www.climatechange.southhams.gov.uk/climate-infrastructure-fund

Send your application form and any relevant materials to climatechange@swdevon.gov.uk

The window for applications closes on 9 June.

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