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.
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.'
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
email@example.com, and on the internet at
Completed forms must be returned to the address shown on the papers by 5pm on 1 November 1999.