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National and regional voluntary organisations are today invited to ...
National and regional voluntary organisations are today invited to

apply for grants to promote sustainable living from the£4m

Environmental Action Fund (EAF).

Funding is available for projects to encourage people to do their bit

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

all, environment minister Michael Meacher said today. Three-quarters

of this is available for new work, a quarter being used to develop

projects that have already started.

Mr Meacher said:

'Voluntary groups have a key role to play at national and local

levels in encouraging individuals to play their part in making

sustainable development a reality.

'The Environmental Action Fund offers£4m to the groups in England

which are making this happen. Grants cover core or project costs of

local and national groups. Once again we will use the local expertise

of our network of government offices to shortlist regional projects,

and we will continue to employ independent assessors to evaluate

regional applications.

'For the third year running we will have 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. Later this summer we will publish the third annual

report on all the work we have supported, with contact details for

each organisation.

'I hope to allocate some£1.7m to new national and£1.3m to new

regional projects in one-year grants. This is in addition to the

million pounds going to help 47 existing projects continue for a

further year.

'But the EAF cannot stand still. Later this year I will set in hand a

review of the EAF to make sure that we target these resources most

effectively. My department will be writing to past and present

applicants explaining how to get involved once we have appointed the

body conducting the review.'


Application forms and guidance notes can be obtained from Victoria

Akeredolu, Zone 6/G9, Ashdown House, 123 Victoria Street, London SW1E

6DE. Telephone 020 7944 6654, fax 020 7944 6559, e-mail, and on the iinternet. Completed forms must be returned to the address shown on the papers by 29 September 2000.

The aim of the review will be to consider the effectiveness with

which the£4m per year of the EAF is spent on promoting sustainable

living in England, and, in the light of this, to review the aims,

terms, conditions and administration of the distribution of these

financial resources and, if appropriate, make recommendations for


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