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Green Partnership Awards

Develop innovate projects with GPA funding

Develop innovate projects with GPA funding

Are you planning a project to improve your local environment and make a lasting contribution to your community? Will it result in practical environmental improvements, raise awareness of environmental issues or promote environmental events? If so, you could be eligible for funding through the Green Partnership Awards.

What is the GPA?

The Green Partnership Awards (GPA) are a funding body which can provide professional advice and grants of up to £500 for environmental projects including conservation, waste reduction and arts development.

The GPA in Lancaster district is a partnership between Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council, United Utilities and Tarmac Limited.

Who can Apply?

GPA grants are available to organisations and community groups including Parish Councils and schools.

What are the project criteria?

The GPA support practical environmental projects that fulfil the principles of sustainability, for more information see the GPA Sustainability Checklist in the right hand 'Quick Links' menu.

Projects suitable for GPA funding will:

  • develop and result in practical environmental improvements;
  • raise awareness of environmental issues;
  • promote environmental projects and events;
  • celebrate environmental actions.

Your project should also try to:

  • benefit your community and/or enhance the environment;
  • make a lasting improvement to your neighbourhood and have the support of local people in your area.

The project must be within the County of Lancashire and will be outsourced to your district liaison officer.

What sort of projects does GPA support?

The GPA supports a variety of projects including:

  • Collection of materials for recycling and re-use
  • Community gardens and community orchards
  • Promoting and encouraging wildlife (ponds, wildflower lawns and meadows, school wildlife areas)
  • Improving access to community gardens and woodlands - footpaths, bridges, disabled access gates
  • Restoration of landscape features - drystone walls and hedges.
  • Community consultation
  • Events such as Apple Day
  • Production of environmental leaflets, handbooks or other environmental education resources

Past projects funded by the GPA in Lancaster district have included:

  • Barley Cop Allotments Regeneration (£500)
  • Ellel Hedge Laying Competition (£200)
  • Pond Building at Heysham High School Sports College (£200)
  • Wildlife Conservation at Torrisholme Cemetery (£400)
  • Lancaster District Conservation Volunteers Website Development (£200)
  • Walks Booklet for Caton-with-Littledale Parish Council (£500)
  • Recycling Woodland Materials at Williamson Park (£500)
  • RSPB Bowland Wader Project (£500)
  • Volunteer Enablement at Fairfield Orchard (£350)
  • Sensory Zone and Outdoor Play Area at Stepping Stones Nursery (£250)

How much can you apply for?

In the area of £500. Applicants are asked to contribute about 20% of the total project cost. This contribution can include volunteer effort or 'gifts in kind' such as tools, plants and specialist advice.

The GPA is keen to support projects where the grant would be used to attract other funding.

How to apply...

If you think you can develop an innovative environmental project which will benefit from a GPA grant, please obtain an application form from Lancashire County Council's GPA Page or call 01772 530650.

If you wish to apply for a GPA grant to carry out a waste and recycling project, you should email Global Renewables or call 01772 642885.

If you wish to apply for a GPA grant in arts and the environment you should email Lancashire County Council's Arts Development Service or call on 01772 531292.


If you have any queries, please contact us through the online query form.


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