Grab a slice of a new £10m fund to help community groups in the Harborough area

Community groups across Harborough are being urged to grab a slice of more than £10 million from a new fund.

By Red Williams
Friday, 10th January 2020, 10:07 am
Updated Friday, 10th January 2020, 10:07 am

Severn Trent Water’s Community Fund will hand out millions to special schemes in the area over the next five years.

Communities and organisations throughout south Leicestershire can now apply for cash to bankroll their projects.

The FTSE 100 water and waste business will be donating more than £10 million over the next five years.

It has appointed an independent Community Fund Panel made up of its customers to decide where the money goes.

Daisy Powell, community fund manager, said: “We’ve already had a fantastic response and more than 300 people have been in touch to register their interest to the fund.

“And that’s even before applications were open!

“We really want to hear all about schemes, projects and groups that make a real difference to communities.”

Severn Trent Water wants to back blueprints which can show a clear link to one or more of three elements of community wellbeing:

People: Projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills

Place: Ideas that help create better places to live in and use

Environment: Schemes that will help look after the natural environment, give people greater access to that environment or help look after water.

Severn Trent will also be encouraging initiatives that are linked to water in some way, such as river restoration, flood alleviation or sustainable drainage.