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APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE

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Voluntary organisations throughout England are being invited to apply ...
Voluntary organisations throughout England are being invited to apply

for this year's grants from the£4m Environmental Action Fund.

£3.5m has been allocated to complete last year's two-year projects

and£500,000 is now on offer for new projects.

Environmental Action Fund (EAF) grants will be available to national

and regional organisations which encourage everyone to do their bit

for the environment, and help to promote a better quality of life for

all, environment minister Michael Meacher said.

Mr Meacher said:

'In May we announced our strategy for sustainable development. This

shows how we can all enjoy a better quality of life, provided that

everyone plays their part in living sustainably - in the way we

learn, work and play.

'The Environmental Action Fund will offer£4m to voluntary groups in

England which are helping to make this vision a reality. It can cover

core or project costs of local and national groups. We will use the

local expertise of our network of government offices to shortlist

regional projects, while continuing to employ independent assessors

to evaluate regional applications.

'This year we will again use the one simple priority criterion of

promoting sustainable living and are issuing full and transparent

guidance covering how to apply and how we will assess applications.

We will also continue disseminating the good practice we are funding

through EAF-supported projects. Later this summer we will publish the

second annual report on all the work we have supported, with contact

details for each organisation.

'Like last year, I hope to allocate some£2.2m to regional projects

and£1.8m to national projects.£1.8m of the regional fund will go to

renewing existing work and the rest to new projects;£1.7m of the

national fund is allocated to complete the many two year national

grants we initiated last year.'

NOTE

Application forms and guidance notes can be obtained from

Victoria Akeredolu, Zone 6/G9, Ashdown House, 123 Victoria Street,

London SW1E 6DE. Telephone 0171 890 6654, fax 0171 890 6559, e-mail

victoria_akeredolu@detr.gsi.gov.uk, and on the internet at

http://www.detr.gov.uk

Completed forms must be returned to the address shown on the papers by 5pm on 1 November 1999.

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