Cleaner Streets, parks and open space fund

28 August 2020 admin Cleaner Streets

About the funding

  •  The Cleaner Streets Fund has been made possible by Bradford Council and Bradford Councillors commitment to help extend the ‘People Can’ campaign. Supporting volunteer and community led action/ideas that help make a difference to our district’s environment, neighbourhoods and places of community interest.
  • Keeping Bradford district clean is a top priority for the Council, our partners and communities. Cleaner environments enhance community pride and make areas much more attractive places to live, visit and do business.
  • A total of £250,000 has been made available to apply for as grants for community led activities with £50,000 allocated to each area constituency Bradford East, Bradford West, Bradford South, Shipley and Keighley for the period April 2020/ March 2021.
  • Between 2019/2020 the Council have supported more than 200 environmental initiatives including community led litter picks across the district thanks to the efforts of 6,000+ volunteers.
  • The Cleaner Streets, Parks and Open Spaces Fund supports the People Can movement in Bradford through positive environmental social action, empowering communities to help improve local areas and local priorities. It is a chance for communities to get together and put forward community led ideas and projects that will help make our streets, parks and open spaces a more pleasant and attractive places. It’s a chance to get more people engaged with helping to make a positive difference in their local areas.

What can it be spent on?

The grant funding can be use d to cover a range of costs as long as they are in line with the aims of the fund set out below. For example:

  • Buying tools such as litter pickers and high visibility vests for community tidy ups.
  • Cleaning up graffiti.
  • Buying plants, paint and brushes or other equipment to smarten up an area.
  • Publicity material, venue or refreshment costs for community events.
  • Designing out environmental crime in littered areas and local ‘grot’ spots.
  • Education work with young people and businesses.
  • Improvement of unsightly waste land.

This list is not exhaustive, but funding cannot be used to pay for staff costs or to pay people for their time.

Aims of the fund

The funding has six key aims:

  1. To help make our neighbourhoods, towns and village centres look their best.
  2. To support community involvement and volunteering in environmental improvements by testing new community led ideas and approaches.
  3. To help build on existing positive social action and/or create new networks, projects and activities which encourage positive social action.
  4. To help support self-sustaining groups and sustainable ways of bringing positive environmental improvements e.g. helping to encourage volunteers to adopt streets, become street champions etc.
  5. To help develop local campaigns to encourage more reporting of people littering and fly-tipping to support increasing the issuing of litter fines and prosecutions.
  6. To help raise awareness of the impact and consequences of environmental crime and anti-social behaviour.

How much is available?

  •  Grants of up to £2000 are available and we anticipate that many grants will be much less than this. This will be restricted to a maximum of £2,000 per organisation across the district. As an exception the Grants Advisory Group may consider larger bids.
  • Groups can apply for funding to support their own activity.
  • We will be aiming to ensure that funding is spread around the wards in the Shipley Constituency and will ask that groups feedback on the difference it has made.
  • Bradford Council’s Ward Officers will encourage groups to apply from across all Shipley wards to this fund.
  • Groups are encouraged to provide match funding where this is possible.

Who can apply?

  • We welcome applications from, or supported by constituted voluntary groups and organisations, places of worship, friends of groups, charities, parish and town councils.
  • We are keen to support the development of new groups and new ideas. You therefore do not need to be a registered charity or established group to apply.
  • We are particularly keen to support areas where there has historically been less community involvement in keeping the local area clean and tidy and will be looking at other ways we can support this.
  • We recognise that community activity is often on an informal basis and aim to be flexible to accommodate that, while putting appropriate safeguards in place.
  • We may request references.

What else do I need to know?

  • The funding available is open district wide to all wards and will be administered through the council’s Area Co-ordinator’s Offices.
  • Applications will be considered by the local Area Grants Advisory Group in partnership with the Area Co-ordinators Office. We will inform applicants about the outcome of their application as soon as possible.
  • Funding must be spent within 12 months of the date of the grant award being made.
  • A short report on the project and copies of receipts evidencing how all the money was spent should be submitted within 12 months of a grant been awarded.

How do I apply and when is the deadline?

All applicants need to complete a Cleaner Streets, Parks and Open Spaces Fund application form. This needs to be returned by 25th September 2020 to:

Rachel Johnson
Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office
Shipley Town Hall, Kirkgate
Shipley BD18 3EJ
Tel: 01274 431005

The application form and additional details are in the links below: