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Small grants available for projects tackling climate change on Exmoor

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Exmoor National Park Authority are particularly calling for projects that help mitigate and adapt to climate change in the next round of Partnership Fund applications, ahead of the 4th January deadline. Expressions of interest are invited until mid-December.

One of the main themes of the recent COP26 conference was to: Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats. Grants of up to £2,500 are being offered for projects that support that aim and demonstrate the vital part that communities and local groups can play in responding to the climate and nature emergencies.

To be eligible, projects must involve local community, have long term benefit, and make a difference for people, place and prosperity on Exmoor – the three key themes in the National Park's Partnership Plan. Project ideas that aren’t related to climate change but fit the criteria of helping to keep Exmoor special or connecting people with the area’s special qualities are also welcomed.

Successful grant applicants include Good Vibe Veg, a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) market garden in the National Park, growing local, healthy, seasonal and environmentally aware food. Co-founder Adam Reed, said: "It’s early days for Good Vibe Veg, but we are very proud and excited to be bringing Community Supported Agriculture to Porlock Vale.

"This model of small-scale, sustainable agriculture allows growers to make a reasonable living by growing quality, fresh, healthy food for and with the local community. We want to connect and involve our local community with how their food is produced, and create opportunities for socialising, learning, sharing and wellbeing. For us, CSA should play a key role in the future of our food production, and we are very grateful for the opportunity to set up Good Vibe Veg in our local area."

Dan James, Rural Enterprise Manager at Exmoor National Park Authority, said: “The theme for this next round of funding forms part of our commitment to the climate emergency, as we aim to galvanise local action following the UK’s role in hosting COP26 climate talks this month.

“So much of what we want to achieve for the National Park can only be done in partnership, with these small but important contributions aimed at bringing in fresh ideas. Climate action isn’t the only thing we’ll be looking for and applications from those we haven’t worked with before and for original ideas that have the support of communities and partners would be especially welcome.”

Find out more about the National Park’s Partnership Fund at: www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/living-and-working/grants-and-funding/partnership-fund

Published: 16 November 2021

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