Chance to bid for regional green community grant

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A NEW campaign has been launched in the North West, offering communities up to £25,000 worth of funding toward a local project that will improve, not only the area, but the lives of those within it.

Recent reports show as many as half the population are unable to recall their neighbours’ first name, suggesting a significant decline in community spirit and interaction, which can have negative implications including lack of trust and higher crime rates.

Introduced by home insurance specialist Together Mutual, the Better Together initiative is open to charities, community groups, local action groups and neighbourhoods. Its aim is to support any existing projects, or kick-start new ones, that enhance the community and bring people together for a better quality of life all-round.

Whether it be landscaping a derelict open area to create a children’s playground or providing equipment to start a communal vegetable garden – Better Together is open to all possibilities. Depending on the entries received, the funding could also be shared across more than one project.

The winning project(s) will receive both cash funding and labour to complete the required works, which will be carried out by Groundwork MSSTT – an environmental regeneration charity, which works in partnership with local people to deliver a range of projects.

According to Groundwork, people who live in places that are greener, cleaner and safer are often healthier and happier, and areas that look better and where more people know their neighbours have lower crime rates and higher levels of investment.

The campaign is open until Friday March 21. A shortlist will then be announced and opened to a public vote. Entrants will need to submit a 200-word description of the project and how it will contribute to the local community, along with 2-3 high resolution supporting images. For further details, and to enter, visit togethermutualinsurance.co.uk