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Cornish communities in £1 million bid to live more sustainably

A project to help communities living on the South East Coast of Cornwall to live in a more sustainable way and cope with the impacts of climate change has won a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Communities Living Sustainably initiative so that it can bid for up to £1 million for a project lasting up to five years.

Over the next three months the Cornish social enterprise Community Energy Plus will be developing a detailed bid in partnership with a range of organisations including Cornwall Council,

The University of Exeter, The Environment Agency, Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Network (CoaST) and The Eden Project.

Community Energy Plus will also be working with community renewable energy groups in Fowey, Polperro, The Rame Peninsula, Ladock and Wadebridge to develop their full funding bid.

Ian Smith, Managing Director of Community Energy Plus said: “We’re delighted to have made it through the first stage of such a competitive funding bid process. Only six projects from the South West were amongst the 30 successful projects to receive the seed funding to develop their detailed project proposals so it’s fantastic that Cornwall has a chance of being one of the 10 projects that could get up to £1 million.

Mark Cotton, Big Lottery Fund’s Head of the South West region, said: “We want to support local communities to make greener choices to improve their quality of life and help them to become resilient to the changing environment. The small steps being taken by these projects will have a big impact and will hopefully spark a change in behaviour that makes sustainable living second nature to us all.”

The Big Lottery Fund’s Communities Living Sustainably programme aims to inspire people to adapt the way they live, work and connect together to reap financial, environmental and health gains. Later in the year, ten of the schemes will be chosen to receive up to £1 million to deliver their ideas. The learning gained from the ten funded projects over a five-year period will be shared with other communities in England to inform and influence others on how communities can become more sustainable.

Further information about the Communities Living Sustainably programme is available online at www.communitieslivingsustainably.org.uk