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Projects the Community Fund has already helped

The Community Fund has managed to help many wonderful projects so far, here's some details on just a few of them.

Marton Community Garden, Rugby, Warwickshire - £5,597

Marton Playground and Playing Fields received £5,597 for the development of a community garden providing volunteering opportunities and including willow domes, rainwater harvesting, an edible garden, picnic area, and re-cycling scheme.

Following the easing of lockdown measures, Faye Chambers, Chair of Marton Parish Council, said it gave the whole community a boost to see work getting underway:

 

"It now feels so good that three months later, with careful adherence to guidelines, we've been able to start properly. We’ve started by making huge raised beds in the playground to encourage cross-generational growing and will be adding rainwater harvesting, composting, benches and welcome signs. Everyone involved commented how good it was to be working physically and socially for the community again. It made us all feel hopeful."
Faye Chambers, Chair of Marton Parish Council

Families First - Worcestershire - £18,189

Families First are a community based project in Worcestershire offering online advice and support to vulnerable families on a wealth of topics including food and nutrition, physical and mental health and dealing with stress and anxiety. With the help of the Community Fund, the groups have been able to continue their services despite of coronavirus, including running Parenting Peer Support groups online, and keeping connected to families via video and phone calls.

Buxton CoderDojo, Buxton - £3,500

Buxton CoderDojo is a volunteer led club for young people to learn how to code. They received a £3,500 donation for their next water efficiency based project, to develop electric programmable systems to monitor soil conditions and create a process where plants are automatically watered, using only the right amount of water required. The coronavirus hasn’t stopped this project from starting as they managed to do everything virtually – so it’s meant this unique project has been able to crack on, keeping children occupied during lockdown and learning coding at home! 

 

Rectory Wildlife Garden, Loughborough, Leicestershire - £10,000

The Rectory Garden Community Group was awarded £10,000 to re-establish Loughborough’s Rectory Wildlife Garden to benefit both the local wildlife and residents. New designs to bring the garden back to its former glory include constructing a new pond and planting hedges, trees and plants.

"With the efforts of the volunteers we will improve urban biodiversity and provide a tranquil space for Loughborough residents."
Gideon Cumming, Chair of Rectory Garden Community Group
"I am really pleased that Severn Trent are supporting this community garden initiative. The wildlife garden will be a real asset to the local community who will be able to get involved whatever their age, so good for children and adults alike, who may not have access to their own garden. A place that brings the local community together."
Coun Bokor, cabinet lead member for Loughborough

Food Farmacy Co-op, Derbyshire - £25,384

Water and Bee-friendly allotment project, Staffordshire - £5,939

"We’re really excited that we’ve been able to support this wonderful project that uses sustainability to help create areas where wildflowers can grow, giving local wildlife the opportunity to thrive and bringing benefits to the local environment."
Jade Gough, Severn Trent Community Fund Officer

Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council have been awarded funding to create a wildflower verge to increase biodiversity and install water troughs at allotments in Stramshall, Staffordshire. 

"Severn Trent were the natural partners for this project. We needed to bring water to the site, in a way that was sustainable by way of water troughs and after consultation with the plot holders, it became clear they also wanted the creation of a wildflower verge to attract bees and other insects to the site to pollinate the crops."
Cllr Matt Slater, Chairman of the Parish Council

Full list of funded projects

A Place to Belong Nottinghamshire £22,800
Allotment Project - Water and Bee Friendly Staffordshire £5,939
Alveley Cricket Club Shropshire £10,000
Atherstone Hatters Garden Warwickshire £9,510
Buswell Lodge's Outdoore learning Space Leicestershire £10,000
Buxton Coderdojo Derbyshire £3,500
Community Springs Nottinghamshire £9,976
Families First Worcestershire £18,169
Farmacy Co-op Derbyshire £25,384
Fields Millenium Green Central £2,009
Food at the Cavern Gloucestershire £39,225
Forest Sensory Services Gloucestershire
£4,000
Foxt Fostering Friendships 2020 Staffordshire £5,464
Friends of Lyme Brook Wildflower Meadow Creation Scheme Staffordshire £5,891
Grange Child Development Sessions Central £7,697
Impact 4 Life Wellbeing Central £10,000
Jewellery Quarter Festival (event cancelled) Central £987
Kemerton Lake Nature Reserve New Boat and Onsite Storage Project Gloucestershire £3,600
Leamington Spa Half Marathon (postponed) Warwickshire £872
Learning Allotment Leicestershire £5,946
Little Rainbows Sensory Garden Leicestershire £32,464
Marton Playground and Playing Field Warwickshire £5,597
Mindful Forest Leicestershire £10,000
Project Marble - Earth from Space Leicestershire £249,860
Rafters Against Rubbish Nottinghamshire £10,000
Rectory Wildlife Garden Leicestershire £10,000
Roundhill Allotments Wildlife Area & Water Capture Project Worcestershire £6,710
Saltbox Money Matters Staffordshire £16,769
Severn Valley Country Park Pool Shropshire £5,412
Shipley Woodside Community Garden Derby £6,243
Support Groups for Younger Women affected by Breast Cancer Central £2,952
Sustainable Life Central £9,856
Taking the plunge - developing a wildlife pond Nottinghamshire £6,935
Team Development Leicestershire £4,180
The New Harbury Heritage Centre Warwickshire £9,721
TURN Water for Wellbeing Staffordshire £8,000
Warley Woods Tree Nursey: Growing for a healthy future Central £6,527
Water for Wellbeing Staffordshire £70,190

Applying for funding from the Severn Trent Community Fund

If your organisation is registered not-for-profit, and the project you would like to fund will benefit Severn Trent customers, you may be eligible for a grant from the Severn Trent Community Fund.