Kirkstall-based collaboration tackles climate emergency

16 June 2019

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Two community-led organisations in the Kirkstall valley will help residents tackle climate emergency by enabling funding through an ambitious micro-grants scheme.

Kirkstall Valley Development Trust (KVDT) and Open Source Arts (OSA) are giving out grants of £250 to support forward-thinking solutions to reducing carbon emissions in the Aire Valley, which support community and sustainability.

Residents or businesses may apply. Applications are particularly invited from those who have a great idea but little or no experience with grant funding.

Staff from OSA and KVDT will be available on Tuesday and Thursday each week to support applicants throughout the process.

With a desire to foster connection and community wellbeing, grants will be made at quarterly awards events, the first of which will be held on 3rd July. Here, members of the public, supporters and potential mentors will gather whilst applicants showcase their projects, before deciding together, there and then, who receives grants.

Jessica, Sustainability Engagement Officer at Open Source said:

“This is such an exciting scheme. We want to fund community based sustainability projects right across the Kirkstall Valley, we want to tackle climate change and make the Kirkstall Valley a greener and fairer place to live and work.”

The application process will be by whatever means applicants feel most comfortable, including video, audio, drawing and writing formats – anything goes as long as it communicates the inspiring idea clearly!

The first applications for the scheme will open on 7th June 2019. To apply, or to volunteer as a mentor for an application, visit the grant scheme’s website.

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