A grand green idea could win £1000 for your community

DO you have a good idea that would help your community be greener? If so then a £1000 prize could help make it a reality.

Community groups across Berwickshire are being urged to put forward their green plans and be in with a chance of winning £1,000 to bring them to life.

Launched by BBC’s Heather the Weather, Word Wildlife Fund Scotland and the People’s Postcode Lottery have come together in a bid to get local community groups to think green and obtain funding to help bring their community ideas to life.

The ‘A Grand Green Idea’ competition offers local groups the chance to win £1,000 for their project that can be spent on buying seeds and basic gardening equipment, bikes for local children or the final £1,000 needed to get the church insulated for the winter.

It is open to schools, clubs and community groups and community councils across Scotland that have six or more members, challenging them to think globally by acting locally in coming up with an idea which could benefit their local environment. Ideas can cover a variety of topics such as energy, waste, food and transport and could range from groups wishing to buy trees for a community orchard, to improving the insulation in a village hall.

Meteorologist Heather Reid said: “This is a really exciting project, perfect for getting local communities to think about the effect of their actions on a global scale.

“I encourage community groups to put their heads together and come up with a grand green idea which will help improve their environment and be of benefit to the neighbourhood as a whole.”

Dr Richard Dixon, Director of WWF Scotland, added: “Groups, schools and clubs play a huge part in our communities and safeguarding our local environment. We are thrilled to have an opportunity like this to be able to give them something back.

“The competition is a fun way to get groups thinking about their local environment and how small changes can make a big difference in the long term.

“We are pleased to be working with People’s Postcode Lottery, which continues to deliver on-going support to WWF Scotland, thanks to the generosity of its players.”

Clara Govier, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery added: “WWF Scotland and the players of People’s Postcode Lottery share a concern about the impacts our choices make on the health of our planet. We hope that ‘A Grand Green Idea’ will inspire community groups across Scotland to make changes to ensure their groups and communities become more environmentally friendly.”

The prize money can be used to cover the entirety of a project, or can be used as part of a larger fundraising effort where more than 75% of the funds have already been achieved and the project can be delivered within 12 months.

The winning community group will be announced by October 15, 2012. The winner will be decided upon by a panel including representatives from both WWF-UK and People’s Postcode Lottery and no correspondence will be entered into.

Ideas will be judged on: the environmental benefit to the Community Group or general community; what will be the long term benefits of the project to the community, post funding period; how well the idea communicates current environmental issue or issues; ability to promote to, or involve, the idea to a wide audience.

To apply for their chance to win, entrants must state their idea in under 500 words before the closing deadline of September 30.

For more information or to enter, visit www.wwfscotland.org.uk/grandgreenidea.