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There are lots of ways for communities to get together to make a positive change to the world around them. Here are some ideas:


Action on Climate Change Grant

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Community groups in Daventry District can access grants of up to £1,000 to help fund environmental projects.

Administered by Daventry District Council, the Action on Climate Change grants can be used to fund a range of projects, such as tree or wildflower planting, reuse or recycling schemes, litter-picking initiatives and much more.

For an application pack, please email communitygrants.ddc@daventrydc.gov.uk

The pack contains guidance on completing the application form as well as full details of eligibility criteria.


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Daventry District Council is passionate about enhancing biodiversity and particularly helping to grow more wildflowers in the District. 

Our wildflower and other planting schemes provide opportunities for volunteers to work together for the good of their community, while creating new habitats in Daventry District for pollinator insects such as butterflies, hoverflies, beetles and wild bees, which are in decline in the UK.

Dozens of communities across the district have planted wildflowers in recent years with free seed and bulbs supplied by the Council.

There are also a number of other organisations offering support for groups who would like to encourage more insect pollinators in their communities.

Find out more on our planting schemes page

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TerraCycle is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling typically hard-to-recycle waste.

It offers free recycling programmes funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste. 

Choose the programmes you would like to join and you can start collecting in your home, school, or office. Terracycle also allows you to earn rewards which you can give to charity or to help support your voluntary or community organisation.

Daventry District Council offers a Terracycle collection point for Tassimo coffee capsules and packaging, and a number of other organisations across the District offer collection points for a range of items.

Find out more on the Terracycle website

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Community energy covers aspects of collective action to reduce, purchase, manage and generate energy.

There are many examples of community energy projects across the UK, with at least 5,000 community groups undertaking energy initiatives in the last five years. Examples of community energy projects include:

  • Community-owned renewable electricity installations such as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, wind turbines or hydroelectric generation.
  • Members of the community jointly switching to a renewable heat source such as a heat pump or biomass boiler.
  • A community group supporting energy saving measures such as the installation of cavity wall or solid wall insulation, which can be funded wholly or partly by the Green Deal.
  • Collective purchasing of heating oil for off gas-grid communities
  • Collective switching of electricity or gas suppliers.

 

Find out more on the gov.uk website

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The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is a £10 million programme that helps rural communities in England develop renewable energy projects. 

Grants are available for up to £40,000 to cover the costs of producing a feasibility report, or up to £100,000 to get a project investment ready, such as obtaining planning permission and site licences, and developing a community benefit plan. 

The Fund aims to help communities maximise the income-generating potential of renewable energy to benefit their local area, increase the uptake of community-owned renewable energy, reduce carbon impact and promote rural economic growth and skills. 

Find out more about Rural Community Energy Project Funding

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The Refill Daventry District scheme allows thirsty shoppers to refill their water bottles for free at a range of retailers.

Look out for the Refill stickers in the windows of participating businesses, or download the Refill app on your Android or iOS device. 

Daventry District Council works with the Sheaf Street Health Store and City to Sea on the scheme, which aims to cut the use of single-use plastic water bottles. 

Find out more on our Refill scheme page