THREE non-profit organisations from across Worcestershire have been awarded a share of £250,000 of funding from Severn Trent.
The funding is the latest part of the company’s commitment to deliver £10 million of grants to good causes, through the Severn Trent Community Fund, over five years.
Following the company’s appointment as official Nature and Carbon Neutral Partner for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, groups and organisations from across Severn Trent’s region were invited to submit projects with a nature or environmental theme.
Severn Trent customers voted for their favourite project in each funding category – Bronze (£5,000), Silver (£10,000) and Gold (£20,000) – on the Severn Trent website, with over 9000 people casting their vote.
Chadsgrove Special School in Bromsgrove received Bronze tier awards for the installation of rainwater harvesting systems.
Chadsgrove will use its system to feed its horticulture area and Tiny Forest.
Neil Morrison, from Severn Trent, said: “We share the Commonwealth Games’ vision for positive, sustainable improvements to our environment and the natural world around us.
“This is a fundamental part of our core business, alongside broader projects including the Get River Positive programme to protect and enhance our waterways, and the £566 million Green Recovery Programme.
“We want to encourage the next generation of water, waste and environmental champions and the range of projects submitted for this fund have been absolutely fantastic.”
Jess Fidler, head of sustainability at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, said: “Ensuring a lasting legacy of sustainability is absolutely at the front of our minds.
“The projects that been successful through this competition represent some truly brilliant social and environmental initiatives and are aligned with our sustainability ambitions.
“We would like to congratulate all of the winners and runners up and look forward to seeing the delivery of their projects.”