§ Mr. Pawsey
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he proposes to publish details of the new fund to help finance voluntary organisations in the furtherance of policies set out in "This Common Inheritance," (Cm. 1200); and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he proposes to publish details of the new fund to help finance voluntary organisations in the furtherance of policies set out in "This Common Inheritance" (Cm. 1200); and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Trippier
I am very pleased to announce that my Department has today issued invitations to voluntary groups to apply for project funding under the new environmental grant fund. The grant is available exclusively for projects which will help to further the policies set out in the White Paper "This Common Inheritance", published in September 1990.
We are eager to use the new fund to support practical projects at the local level. We will particularly favour projects which show innovations or which involve new groups in environmental work. Funding will normally be in the form of a 50 per cent. contribution to the overall project cost with an unlimited proportion of this being available to meet capital costs. Projects can be funded for up to three years and will be closely monitored to assess their effectiveness.
In order to bring the scheme quickly into operation, we have decided for this first year only to restrict applications to national and regional organisations. We will be discussing with the voluntary sector how the scheme might be extended for future years to target local groups directly.
In this first year £650,000 is available. In 1993–94 when the fund is fully operational £1.5 million will be available.