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Community Environment Fund

34 grassroots environment projects have won support from Mayor Steve Rotheram’s £500,000 Community Environment Fund.

Work will now get underway on the schemes which include transforming a fly tipping hotspot into a community garden, food growing, beekeeping, a therapy garden, biodiversity and a bike scheme.

Grants were available for smaller projects of up to £5,000, with up to £30,000 available for larger projects.

The fund’s application criteria was decided by the Liverpool City Region Climate Partnership which was set up to provide expert advice on tackling the climate emergency.

The 2022 fund’s objectives are to:

  • Improve the Liverpool City Region’s environment
  • Develop opportunities for environmental education to encourage long-term behavioural change
  • Promote community buy-in and participation to safeguard the long-term sustainability of quality green spaces

The fund will also seek to help the Liverpool City Region become net zero by 2040, reduce air pollution and improve the health and wellbeing of people across the whole city region.

The fund will help community environment organisations develop grant application skills to improve access to further local, regional, national and international funding streams.

2022 successful Community Environment Fund projects
OrganisationRegionFunding Amount ££Project
Friends of Molyneux Drive Woodland and Forestry Space
Knowsley£4,461Forest school: Creating a Sustainable Environmental Resource for Learning & Fun Activity for the Community
Knowsley Foodbank

Knowsley£9,691Reduce your Impact: Creation of an information pack covering energy, food, waste and household essentials
KFCALiverpool£15,319Kenny Fields Young Growers: Creation of a community garden with events and ‘social supermarket’
St Mary’s Grassendale Wildflower ProjectLiverpool£1,300St Mary’s Grassendale Community Composting site
The Centre for Sustainable HealthcareLiverpool
£26,979Liverpool University Hospitals Nature Recovery Ranger Programme: Creating biodiverse activities to engage people using the greenspaces at three Liverpool NHS sites
Hazlehurst Studios – (Old Town Bloomers)Halton£5,000Old Town Bloomers on Tour: a tour of moveable raised beds around Runcorn to share environmental knowledge
Victoria Park Environment TeamHalton£4,750VPET Climate Curiosity: raising awareness
Make Creative Futures CIC t/a Make BankLiverpool£4,995Creative habitats – where have the creatures all gone? Creation of a green space to supply local ‘food union’
Everton in the CommunityHalton, Liverpool, Knowsley and Sefton£4,888EitC Forest School Hubs
The AtkinsonSefton£5,000Bees at The Atkinson
Crownway Community CentreSt Helens£4,950Eco Ambassadors of Crownway: Climate education for teenagers
Wirral Churches’ Ark Project
Wirral£4,997Grow Together Initiative: Hilltops Renovation community garden
Acronym Community Empowerment [ACE]
Liverpool£29,999Growing Community Roots at our volunteer community garden
Knowsley Disability Concern
Knowsley£4,587From plot to plate: the creation of a community kitchen and garden
Thingwall Primary School
Wirral£4,995Thingwall’s Big Biodiversity & Bloom: Creating garden and habitats around school
Bright Park
Liverpool£23,870Many Hands Lighter Work: Improving wildlife spaces across the park and train volunteers
Homebaked Community Land Trust
Liverpool£28,650Making homes more energy efficient by building a ‘local energy efficiency alliance’
St Joseph’s Hospice Accountable Body CQC
Sefton£30,000Community Woodland Project: the creation of a safe, wheelchair accessible pathway through 12 acres of hospice site
St Helens Chamber Ltd
St Helens£18,179Ready Steady GREEN – Climate education for St Helens
Sexton Avenue Community Allotment Garden C.I.C.
St Helens£4,780Accessible paths to food: Creation of a community garden and educational nature walk.
Earth Moves Cooperative Limited
Wirral£29,958Market Gardens Community food initiative
Halton Borough Council
Halton£29,371Big Halton Forest – Plant 2000 trees and 3000 shrubs at Factory Lane Site
The Gateway Collective
Sefton£25,340North Park Community Garden – grow, cook, eat.
Climate Friendly Food CIC trading as Fir Tree Community Growers
Knowsley, St Helens£5,000First experiences in the countryside: exploring climate education
Alt Valley Community Trust
Liverpool£29,984The Environmental Education Courtyard: Transforming an unusued and overgrown space into environmental education resource
The Eco Therapy Garden C.I.C
Knowsley£5,000The Eco Therapy Garden – A Pond for All: the creation of a personalised programme of eco and talking therapy to support and manage mental and physical health
Toxteth Women’s Centre
Liverpool£4,325The Jasmine Community Garden Project
Compost Works (UK) Ltd.
All£22,500Connecting Food Growers across the Region: Holding 20 open events to continue to encourage small, local food growing
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Knowsley£29,000Mellors Pond Landscaping Development and Drainage Management Project
Rule of Threes Arts Ltd
Sefton£4,980A Field of Flax in Linacre, Textiles Futures: Creative learning on textiles waste and climate literacy
Community By Nature
Sefton£29,975Our Community Habitat: offering learning and support to disadvantaged individuals through the natural environment
Halton Veterans Legion
Halton£12,480Veteran Bike Project: Collecting, repairing and distributing second-hand bikes
Plastic Tactics C.I.C.
Liverpool£4,946Plastic Adventures: Recycled art and craft sessions
Mulgrave Street Action Group CIC
Liverpool£30,000Mulgrave Street Community Garden – Build a new community grden on flytipped land.

Community Environment Fund Webinar

Supporting Documents

CEF Guidance
(PDF Document)

CEF Application Form

CEF Fair Processing Notice
(Word Doc)

(PDF Document)

CEF Postcode Checker
(Excel Document)

CFE Grant Funding Agreement
(Word Doc, 85.7KB)

Financial Breakdown Template
(Word Doc, 45KB)

Project Plan Template
(Word Doc, 43KB)

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