Callout to London Transition Initiatives in Olympic boroughs – derelict land regeneration fund now open
This looks worthy of further investigation if you’re in one of the 6 Olympic boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest.
Groundwork London and the London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) have received funding from Defra and SITA Trust to transform 45 areas of derelict land in the Olympic Host Boroughs and encourage people to live more sustainably.
Applications are now open for community groups who want to transform derelict land into a green space or community garden, as well as improving local recycling rates and empowering people to lead more sustainable lifestyles and engage in environmental volunteering.
The scheme runs until 2013 and aims to help groups increase their confidence and capability to sustain these projects into the longer term.
How can we help you
We can help you get your project off the ground. We will provide you with professional advice and support to kick-start your project. We will also be able to purchase materials, plants and tools for your site to help establish it fully. We we will be on hand to help provide advice, guidance and expertise. We can help you set up a community garden or food growing project; fundraising towards a new/improved play area; carrying out a piece of public art; or any other ways you can think of for making your space work better for you and your local community. All of our projects will incorporate support for you and your local community to explore ways to live in a more environmentally sustainable way.
Closing dates for these Transform applications – 15 February 2012, 11 April 2012, 11 July 2012
There’s also a “flagship” scheme with a bit more oommphh and moolah behind it.
Transform Flagship sites
The New Flagship scheme supported by SITA Trust follows the existing Transform model, but provides an exciting opportunity to undertake larger scale transformations of some key strategic sites within the six Olympic host boroughs. Projects will be funded by SITA Trust with contributions of £25,000 to up to £50,000.
Applicants are asked to demonstrate cash match funding or at least 11% of the requested funding, they are also asked to evidence that they have a minimum of ten years permission from the land owner to carry out the work.
Go here for more info: http://london.groundwork.org.uk/what-we-do/major-initiatives/transform.aspx