New ‘nature training’ grants made available to Exmouth residents

Grants of up to £150 have been made available to Exmouth residents to pay for training to help deliver projects that boost wildlife or nature.  

East Devon District Council (EDDC) is willing to splash the cash to cover the cost of specialist courses.

It is administering the new fund through its Wild Exmouth scheme.

Applications will be assessed every six weeks up until April 2021.

Councillor Geoff Jung, portfolio holder for coast, country and environment, said: “Over the last nine months we have realised how important it is to enjoy the fresh air and appreciate the nature around us.

“Our Wild Exmouth project is to encourage nature into every little pocket of space we can within the confines of the town of Exmouth, and to encourage as many residents to be involved.

“Anyone can apply for these grants which are aimed to help people to engage with others to enhance our natural surroundings.”

EDDC says that, for the best chance of success, projects or activites should complement one or more of the following themes:

Wild at Home: From window boxes to allotments, residents can make Exmouth a better place for wildlife by increasing the amount of space for wildlife in the town.

Wild Learning: All types of active, outdoor events are welcome in the town to engage everyone in the great outdoors: a town for people and wildlife.

Wild and Active: Exploring and getting outside is good for all of us. EDDC is encouraging new opportunities to connect to nature and to keep healthy.

Wild around Town: Improving the spaces for wildlife and making places easier to access and find. EDDC is encouraging improved access, information and wildlife projects to make space for nature.

An EDDC spokesperson added: “Applicants will need to demonstrate how the grant will enable them to deliver a project which engages residents to improve spaces for nature in the EX8 area.

“Successful applicants will work in partnership with the Wild Exmouth team on publicity for the project and submitting a project report within six months of the award.”

Apply for a grant here.

Help and advice is available from EDDC’s Wild Exmouth ranger by emailing drylands@eastdevon.gov.uk or calling 07812 652336.

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