Nestlé Waters and the Get Better with Nature Campaign have today opened applications for a brand new community grant. This is aimed at supporting community-based initiatives in the High Peak Borough of Derbyshire, to help make a difference to their local community and the natural environment.
The £2,500 fund will award one-off grants of up to £1,000. It will be targeted at contributing to local initiatives which can deliver a real impact by improving the environment and helping people to understand and appreciate how nature can benefit the health and wellbeing of local communities and business.
Applications will be viewed and judged by a panel of experts including Nestlé Waters, The Wildlife Trust and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and will be judged on the extent to which they support each of the stated aims and objectives of the Get Better with Nature campaign:
Speaking about the launch of the Community Grant, Sian Chapman, Corporate Communications and CSV Manager at Nestlé Waters, said:
“We’ve seen some great results from our 2014 pilot year of the Get Better with Nature Campaign in the High Peaks, so I’m delighted to continue those efforts today by launching a new Community Grant. The grant aims to support local charities and community initiatives based in the Borough, to raise awareness of the value of nature to our society, health and wellbeing.
As an organisation based on pure, quality waters, the health of nature, including the promotion and protection of unique water sources is at the heart of our business. We hope this grant will help inspire more local groups to get involved in initiatives and extend the work of the Get Better with Nature campaign to more people in the community.”
The £2,500 grant is part of the Get Better with Nature campaign, which was launched by Nestlé Waters and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust last September following research which showed that while 93% of local Buxton residents understood the value of nature to society and health, nearly two-thirds of respondents thought this appreciation was being lost between generations.
The campaign is a collaborative, long-term programme aimed at helping raise awareness of the value of nature and its services to health, wellbeing, communities and businesses across the UK. It looks to encourage them to make a positive difference literally, and figuratively, in their own backyards. With a focus on water in the landscape, the activities of the campaign also include educational materials with open forums for discussion, involving local schools, individuals, community groups and Nestlé Waters and Wildlife Trust employees.
Applicants have until the end of July 2015 to submit their bid, with planned projects to be completed by the end of 2015. Detailed guidance and application forms are available online at www.getbetterwithnature.co.uk/get-involved/get-better-with-nature-community-fund/