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Green Grant Hailed a ‘Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity'

By Published August 31, 2020

A MAJOR grant to drive environmental change in Middlesbrough has been hailed as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity'.

The town's bid to the national Climate Action Fund - led by Middlesbrough Environment City - has secured £1.6 million in National Lottery funding to work across sustainable food, transport, domestic energy use, waste and natural environment

The grant - one of 14 announced this week - will help the Climate Action Middlesbrough Partnership raise awareness of sustainable living and reduce the town's carbon footprint.

MEC and partners including Actes, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Hemlington Linx, The Other Perspective, Thirteen Housing and Middlesbrough Council will focus on empowering communities, especially young people, to address climate change locally through involvement in decision-making, educational activities and climate action projects in their own communities.

Mark Fishpool, Director of Middlesbrough Environment City, said: "This is fantastic news.

"With the shared enthusiasm and commitment of partners including Middlesbrough Council and Thirteen Housing Group, this is our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage local communities and young people in taking action to address climate change and create a sustainable future for our town."

The grants are the first to be announced as part of the National Lottery Community Fund Climate Action Programme, a ten-year £100 million fund that will reduce the carbon footprint of communities and support community led movements that can demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change.

Funding from The National Lottery Community Fund will support these projects to work together, share learning and be catalysts for broader and transformative change.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: "We must reduce our carbon footprint.

"The stakes really couldn't be higher, but with the right support and encouragement each and every one of us has a vital contribution to make.

"This grant will build on the fantastic work already being done in Middlesbrough, so huge congratulations to all involved in the bid."

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