Posted: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:25
Leicestershire County Council has received £20,000 from Sainsbury's to help tackle food waste across the county.
Investment was secured from the supermarket giants under its Waste less, Save more initiative, and the council is launching three community kitchens as part of a scheme to get people thinking about what food they throw away at home. The county council is looking for residents to take part in a free 10-week course, starting Monday, 4 September, designed for participants to use the facilities to eat and socialise together, while learning and sharing tips on how to reduce food waste and save money.
These will open in Earl Shilton, Barwell and Wykin. As well as urging people to sign up to the 10-week course, the county council is encouraging people to volunteer and keep the community kitchens running after the initial 10 week course, so that other people can participate and learn how to make the most of their food.
Councillor Pain added: "This is a vital role in helping to tackle food waste issues in the future.
"Volunteers will welcome new people to the kitchen, help to prepare and serve food, demonstrate how to store and freeze foods properly, help people to portion properly and reduce the amount of food that they waste in their homes, saving them money on their food bills."
Sainsbury's put out a nationwide call to communities to take part in the next phase of their Waste less, Save more campaign following a twelve-month trial in Swadlincote, Derbyshire last year.
The firm offered an overall grant pot of one million pounds to communities looking to provide innovative ways to help households cut food waste.
Paul Crewe, Sainsbury's head of sustainability, said: "We've learnt a huge amount as a result of our 12-month pilot and we are really excited to be rolling out the next phase of Waste less, Save more.
"We've learnt a lot about how we can help households waste less food and save money, but we're now casting our net wider to see what innovative ways communities up and down the country do to tackle food waste."
Anyone interested in volunteering or taking part in the 10-week course can email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0116 305 7005.
Posted: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:03
An opportunity has presented itself through Leicestershire County Council's Adults & Communities Department, to help community organisations in Leicestershire to provide support to carers.
Additional funding will be administered through the Council's existing SHIRE Community Grants programme, to enable more community-based support to be provided to carers.
A maximum one-off grant of up to £5,000 is available for community projects in the 2017-18 financial year
Posted: Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:20
The June E Bulletin from East Midlands Funders Forum (EMFF) contains funding updates and other relevant information for the East Midlands
Posted: Thu, 18 May 2017 13:29
Leicestershire County Council's SHIRE Community Climate Change grants scheme has been re-launched for 2017-18.
Groups and organisations are being encouraged to apply to help them to reduce their carbon emissions by improving their community buildings.
The grant fund is for community projects in Leicestershire (not Leicester City or Rutland) that help to improve the energy efficiency of community buildings and make local environmental changes to help reduce carbon emissions.
Posted: Thu, 18 May 2017 08:54
The Police and Crime Commissioner's Prevention Fund recognises the important role local groups and third sector organisations play in reducing harm and helping vulnerable people to overcome their problems before they escalate into crime.
Lord Willy Bach has agreed to set aside £250,000 for 2017/2018 to support grassroots groups across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland which address the community safety goals outlined in his Police and Crime Plan. A further £250,000 will be available in 2018/2019.
Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:14
The April E Bulletin from East Midlands Funders Forum (EMFF) contains funding updates and other relevant information for the East Midlands
Posted: Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:51
Neighbourhood Planning Bill is coming to the end of its passage through the House of Lords. Passage of the Bill has highlighted the importance of neighbourhood planning support. In the Housing White Paper the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) confirmed that further funding will be available to groups from 2018-20. They also confirm funding for local planning authorities for the financial year beginning April 2017.
A package of support is available to communities, including grant and technical support. Technical support includes site assessment, masterplanning and design, evidence base and policy review, strategic environmental assessment and plan healthchecks.
For further information visit here
Posted: Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:02
The March E Bulletin from East Midlands Funders Forum (EMFF) contains funding updates and other relevant information for the East Midlands
Posted: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:39
A reminder that communities preparing a neighbourhood plan can apply for support in the form of grants and technical support at:-
New toolkits recently added include one on Local Green Space, which includes advice on how to designate 'Local Green Spaces' in neighbourhood plans.