The provision of significant local community benefits is central to WWCE’s vision. We were pleased to launch the WWCE Community Fund at the 2017 Annual General Meeting.
We have now paid a total of £45,000 into the Community Fund, which is administered by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (WWT) and by a Community Fund Group (CFG) which has been charged to set up a grant scheme. The CFG includes people nominated by the Board of WWCE, others drawn directly from members of WWCE and one person nominated by WWT. Criteria for eligible projects supported through the community fund include wildlife conservation, climate change mitigation, carbon reduction (including local food, transport, waste projects etc) and reducing fuel poverty.
The Community Fund has made its first two grants. They awarded £4,750 to Wiltshire Scrapstore to help in developing an educational space for children and families so that they can learn how to reduce their impact on the environment; and they gave £500 to an allotment association in Trowbridge for re-lining a wildlife pond.