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£6.75M TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE LIVING

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Voluntary groups across England will benefit from grants worth£6.75m over three years, environment minister Elliot...
Voluntary groups across England will benefit from grants worth£6.75m over three years, environment minister Elliot Morley announced today.

The money from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' Environmental Action Fund (EAF) will help support 36 projects deliver sustainable consumption and production to a range of communities.

Mr Morley said:

'I am very pleased to be supporting so many diverse and innovative

projects. Sustainable consumption and production is at the heart of

Defra's work and we recognise that voluntary and community groups

have an important role to play in getting messages across and

engaging with communities and businesses at the grass roots level.

'These projects will help us to develop better ways of making a

difference in everyday life, including more sustainable behaviour at

work and at home, more sustainable food production and consumption

and improved processes in construction. These will help to improve

the quality of people's lives.'

The projects complement wider government action on Sustainable

Consumption and Production (SCP) to improve products, procurement and

production processes, as set out in Changing Patterns

(http:www.defra.gov.uk/environment/business/scp/index.htm) and the

new Five Year Strategy Delivering the Essentials of Life

(http:www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/5year-strategy/index.htm).

NOTES

1. The Environmental Action Fund (EAF) helps voluntary groups in

England promote sustainable development through projects on

Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP).

2. Grants range from£25,000 to£250,000 per year and applications

were sought for 3-year projects. Groups must find eligible matching

funding and ensure that the projects have well defined objectives,

measurable outcomes and clear timescales.

3. A list of projects offered funding under the 2005-2008 programme

is attached below and can also be found on the Defra website along

with further information on the EAF awards:

http:www.defra.gov.uk/environment/eaf/index.htm

4. Resources currently available to the EAF have now been fully

allocated for the 2005-08 period. To register for information on

possible future grant rounds see the EAF pages on the Defra website

above. Also available are an EAF annual report, 6-monthly magazine

and good practice guide for environmental projects.

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