National Lottery Community Fund

Accessing nature in both urban and rural settings can be a challenge. Thanks to grants from the National Lottery Communities Fund, whether people live in busy cities or in remote countryside locations, we can bring nature to their doorsteps.

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Nature Neighbourhoods

The People’s Plan for Nature showed us that people want to take action for nature in their communities, and to hold themselves and others to account. It called for greater investment in ways to help communities protect and renew nature at a neighbourhood level. Nature Neighbourhoods is a direct response to this call.      

Nature Neighbourhoods is a partnership project between the RSPB, National Trust and WWF. Together we have received £750,000 through Climate Action Fund Round 3 from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest community funder in the UK, as well as £300,000 from Co-op. This funding, along with on-the-ground support thanks to Co-op members, will support 18 voluntary and community partners across the UK to mobilise their communities and lead positive change for nature and people through the creation of Nature Neighbourhood Plans.  
Thanks to National Lottery players, the project will offer funding of £25,000 per community neighbourhood, support for building collaborations with local authorities and the development of 400 community leaders.

Vibrant Vyrnwy

Vibrant Vyrnwy is a partnership between the RSPB, Llanwddyn Community Council, Hafren Dyfrdwy, and the Lake Vyrnwy Marketing Association. The project is designed to support and develop a vibrant volunteering community in the heart of Wales. By connecting communities and developing partnerships with key organisations in the area, Vibrant Vyrnwy is creating valuable volunteering experiences and training opportunities.

The project will bring people together to celebrate the cultural and natural heritage of the area, and work with the young farming community to develop and showcase how farming practices and nature can work together to benefit both nature and people.

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