Charities and community organisations are being invited to apply for funding to support projects that maintain or improve public spaces and buildings for community use.
The Churngold Environment Fund was established in 1997 by the Avonmouth-based company to help small groups in Bristol, North and South Somerset, Bath and South Gloucestershire to enhance community spaces and protect the environment.
So far over £200,000 has been distributed to local causes. Projects that have benefited range from cycle paths, village greens, public playgrounds and community centres to village halls and community gardens. The 2014 round of funding will see some £30,000 worth of grants being awarded, ranging from £1,000 to £5,000.
One of those who has already benefited is the Malago Play Association in Bedminster, Bristol, which runs a playscheme providing out of school care for 4-14 year olds and Malago Parents, caring for young parents in the area. Both take place at St Michael and All Angels Church in Vivian Street. It used its grant to fit solar water panels to the Church community building which has significantly reduced energy bills and increased sustainability, meaning they can plough more money directly into support for local children and parents.
Churngold was established in Bristol in 1983 and specialises in construction, remediation, recycling and building services. It is headquartered in Avonmouth, Bristol, with offices in Walsall and Newport.
Churngold Chairman Ross Ancell said:
"We set the fund up specifically to benefit small local voluntary and community organisations where a modest amount of money can make a big difference. As a company with its roots in this area, we wanted grants to support local communities and bring local people together, specifically improving recreational spaces and buildings and encouraging greater sustainability."
The Fund is managed by Quartet Community Foundation, which manages funds of behalf of individuals, companies, charitable trusts and statutory agencies.
The closing date for applications is 11th July 2014. Details of how to apply are on the Quartet Community Foundation website.