Monmouthshire’s Community Environmental Grants are now available. These grants, of up to £1000, could be just what you need if your school or community group is looking for a cash boost to help with a project which will benefit your local community.

There are three different types of grant;

Environment and Countryside Grants – fund projects that help people to enjoy and understand the countryside.

Community Pride Grants – help local communities celebrate what is special about their locality and foster pride in their local area.

Schools Sustainable Development Grants – enable schools to improve their sustainability

Last year 37 projects received funding through this grants scheme including:

The production of a simple guide to local fungi by The Gwent Fungus Group Local Fungi,   “We have already received good comments from members of the public- it is obviously what people want and need to fill a gap.”

Raglan Stepping Stones Playgroup created raised beds for the children to plant vegetables

“It’s been a great project for team building. We are really looking forward to helping the children plant and care for the vegetables and flowers we grow”

To reduce the number of plastic bags being used around town, Abergavenny and Crickhowell Friends of the Earth produced a cloth Abergavenny Town Bag. “Bag sales have started well.  We are maintaining our new close contacts with the local schools, the Town Council and Abergavenny Fairtrade Town Group”

Kymin View Primary School built their own bird boxes and installed a nestcam “We have made three bird boxes and an owl box too. The webcam bird box has been sited on the school and we’re hoping to attract residents to it!  We signed up for the Big School Bird Watch.  We have made really useful contact with the Countryside Service and RSPB volunteers”

St. Cadoc’s Millennium Chimes group were able to renovate their historic  hand bells “We have realised the appreciation of people to the dedication of our community-based project.  We made some new contacts by ringing Christmas Carols to various groups who have asked us back to ring Welsh tunes at community events  ”

Colette Mooney, Sustainable Development Engagement Officer said, “These grants have helped many community groups take practical steps to look after and enhance their local environment.  They also bring members of communities together to share new experiences. It’s great that so many people are actively involved in working together to make Monmouthshire a better place to live, work and visit. This really is sustainable development in action.”


The closing date for applications is Thursday 4th August 2010.  Groups must be fully constituted with a bank account; projects must be completed by the end of March 2011.

The application form is on the MCC website:

For more information or to discuss your project, please contact Colette Mooney on (01633) 644108 or