R4U at UDC introduces £300k green grant fund to support community Net-Zero programmes

The Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) administration at UDC has approved a green grant scheme to enable community groups and parish councils to reduce carbon emissions and increase biodiversity.

Louise Pepper (R4U) Louise Pepper (R4U)

R4U’s Cllr Louise Pepper, who is the Uttlesford District Council portfolio holder for the Environment, said “Are you are a local parish council or scout group that wishes to put solar panels on your hall or install a heat pump? Or a volunteer group that wants to more actively manage woodland and public green spaces? At UDC we have a community grant programme just for you!”

Cllr Pepper continued “Our Residents administration is working hard to tackle climate change, as we pledged in our manifesto. As part of that, we are pleased to announce that UDC has approved a new £300k grant fund scheme to support residents’ groups, non-profit making bodies, and town and parish councils who wish to make positive changes for our environment. To be considered for a grant, a project needs to either reduce emissions or increase biodiversity. Grants for each successful project will be from £1,000 to £35,000. The funding can be used for capital expenditure, feasibility studies, staff and project expenses, and other related things. UDC will launch the scheme at the end of October, when applicants can find out more by searching for ‘Zero Carbon Communities Fund’ on the UDC website. I urge communities to get involved and help us tackle climate change.”

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