Breckland Council is calling on community groups across the district to come forward with their ideas for projects which benefit the environment. Successful groups will each receive a slice of a new £100k pot, with grants ranging from £500 to £10,000.

The council’s new Green Grants scheme has been launched part of its commitment to drive environmental-friendly changes in the district, both as an organisation and by working with partners and the public to deliver initiatives.

To enable a diverse mix of projects to be supported the criteria is being kept broad, however projects which are most likely to receive a grant include those which find solutions to environmental problems, reduce litter and waste, save water and energy, promote green travel options, protect natural habitats, and educate people on ways they could make small changes in their lifestyles which are good for the planet.

The council hopes to award up to 80 small grants of £500 and between 6-12 large grants of between £5,000-£10,000, depending on the applications submitted. Applications can be submitted by Breckland community groups, schools, businesses, town and parish councils, and charities.

The announcement comes as Breckland Council also released £10,000 to Northgate High School in Dereham, to support the school’s well-established programme of green initiatives. The money will be spent on a bottle shredder and plastic-making machine. Cllr Sherwood added: “The high school has an impressive track record of delivering a range of environmentally-friendly schemes and I’m delighted that we’re able to help them take another step forward with their next project.”

Green Grant scheme applications must be submitted by Sunday, 12 September. Funding awards will be made in early October.