Partners

Introduction

Working together, we set up the Community Challenge Fund to offer local trusts in England, Wales and Scotland the chance to bid for funding to run education and community-based environment projects. The programme of work enables local people to take an active role in river management, including through citizen science, and embed a lasting connection to their river.


Greggs Foundation

Greggs Foundation

The Greggs Foundation believe that looking after our neighbourhoods can have a real impact on the quality of life of the people who live there.

In 2015, the Greggs Foundation set up an Environmental Grants Fund to help distribute the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Greggs shops to grassroots environmental projects in the areas where the monies were collected – whether that means upgrading a playground, turning a piece of wasteland into a garden, or looking after the local environment. They looked to fund projects that improved the physical environment in a way that also benefitted the wider community.

Greggs-community-fund-webIn 2016, that levy provided the Foundation with £420,000 of additional funding which they distributed to 289 different organisations, including The Rivers Trust.

Working together, we set up the Community Challenge Fund to offer local trusts in England, Wales and Scotland the chance to bid for funding to run education and community-based environment projects. The programme of work enables local people to take an active role in river management, including through citizen science, and embed a lasting connection to their river.

Tracy Lynch, The Greggs Foundation Manager commented:

“We are particularly delighted to be supporting The Rivers trust and its community challenge fund, which involve and engage the local community  including schools to deliver programmes that educate the next generation about how and why to care for the environment.”

The Rivers Trust provides overall management of the wider project, working closely with Afonydd Cymru (the Welsh grouping of Rivers Trusts) and Rivers and Fisheries Trusts Scotland (RAFTS).

Read about the Community Challenge Fund here.