The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge was created to celebrate Her Majesty, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and is a new campaign to protect 2,012 outdoor recreational spaces in communities across the country as a permanent living legacy.
The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Major Works Fund is provided by SITA Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund. SITA Trust has joined forces with HRH The Duke of Cambridge and the Fields in Trust to support this challenge.
Not-for-profit organisations (community groups, parish councils, charities, local authorities and voluntary organisations) working with volunteers to physically improve QEII fields located within ten miles of a licensed landfill site in England and Wales may apply for grants of up to £5,000. Volunteers must be significantly involved in the planning and delivery of the projects.
Grants can be used to help with the costs associated with clearing sites, planting and fencing to make the fields more healthy and sustainable. Funding can also be used to buy the materials necessary for volunteers to make improvements to existing community buildings such as refurbishing or creating better access.
There will be ten funding rounds during the programme which runs from June 2011 until February 2013.
It is preferred that applications are submitted online, though for groups that do not have access to the internet, an alternative method can be discussed.
For further information, visit: www.sitatrust.org.uk/news/251.
Deadline: Monday 22 August 2011