Groups benefit from waste group’s fund

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A waste treatment facility in Manvers has used its Corporate Social Responsibility Fund to fund three community projects.

An allotment group which helps people with learning disabilities, cookery sessions for children in foster care, and a volunteer horticultural training programme to help the unemployed back into work, have all benefitted from Shank’s fund, which was developed to support the local community.

The fund supports up to four local projects a year through volunteer time and/or financial funding and is now inviting applications for 2017.

Shanks community education liaison officer, Abi Cox, said: “Wherever we are located, our aim is to be a good neighbour and make a positive contribution to the local community.

“In addition to making more from waste, we want to help improve the communities we serve more broadly and we hope that initiatives such as those we have introduced around Manvers contribute to making them happier and healthier places to live.”

Eligible projects can apply to Shanks - which processes around 250,000 tonnes of waste a year from 340,000 home across the region, turning it into useful products - for up to £3,000 a year if they are within 3.5km of the Manvers facility, and up to £1,000 a year if they are further away - but still within Barnsley, Doncaster or Rotherham council areas.

Projects can apply for 90 per cent funding, with groups providing 10 per cent matched funds. In addition, groups can apply for volunteer time to support their projects up to 30 hours per year, providing they match the volunteer hours.

Funding is available for a range of environmental projects that will benefit the broader community. These could include the creation of community orchards, food waste minimisation sessions, or funding for walking bus equipment.

Applications should be submitted no later than Wednesday November 30 and successful projects will be notified by the end of December.

Visit www.bdronline.co.uk for more information and for an application form.