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Veolia unveils £60,000 Sustainability Fund

A new Sustainability Fund worth £60,000 has been announced by resource management company Veolia, which it will be using to fund transformative sustainability projects for local communities.

The Fund, which will be launched on World Environment Day this Saturday (5 June), will look to fund projects like those Veolia has previously supported.

Veolia Sustainability FundThese include: the installation of solar panels on the roofs of community centres; the implementation of a reusable lunch box scheme; the regeneration of disused land into community gardens; and the introduction of educational activities and sustainability workshops in schools.

Rachel Jay, Communities Manager, Veolia UK and Ireland said: “At Veolia we are always looking at ways to give back to the communities we serve.

“The Sustainability Fund will help to transform local communities and environments into places that support a sustainable future for everyone. I look forward to seeing all the fantastic projects that pitch to the Fund and supporting successful applicants.”

Misha Dhanak, Chief Executive Officer, Spacehive said: “Spacehive is proud to be Veolia’s crowdfunding partner and we can’t wait to see the projects people put forward to help their local area.

“Veolia-backed campaigns on the platform have raised over £1 million for their communities so far. Gaining support from Veolia alongside the crowd will help even more ambitious ideas take off."

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Cabinet Member for Environment at Brent Council, said: “Residents in Brent can apply for a portion of this funding to give a boost to their own project, such as transforming their local areas into eco-friendly, sustainable spaces.

“It is one of many initiatives that we have in place, working with communities and partners to achieve zero carbon emissions in Brent by 2030.

“I encourage residents to apply and look forward to seeing all the ideas come to life. Continue to keep an eye out for more ways to get involved on our climate change journey.”

Applications for funding will open on 5 June, and will be open to non-profit organisations – particularly those that work with local authorities to deliver waste and cleansing services to the community.

Non-profit organisations can apply for funding through the Spacehive platform or through the Veolia website.