We like to think that Devon is the best Authority in Devon to be in when it comes to the support it gives to schools wanting to reduce their waste and compost on site
Applications for grants ('Cutting your Wasteline' Grant) of up to £500 and up to £1,500 are considered three times a year and is a good way of funding your composting equipment
contact Heidi Diepold at Devon County Council for more information and an application form
Devon Community Composting Network has a small annual budget which can be used sometimes to top up the 'Cutting your Wasteline' grant. (contact DCCN for more about this)
We recommend that the school also contributes from it's own funds or fund raises to help purchase equipment as it gives a greater sense of ownership.
This funding is ONLY for 'waste' related activities - i.e. anything that will reduce the amount of waste in a school.
Also contact the councillor in who’s ward the school is. Councillors have money each year to spend on their wards and are often very keen to help the schools on their patch.
if you are looking at a range of projects it is often a good idea to combine the seperate strands in order to lever more funds. if you already have secured £500 from one fund you may be able to use it as 'match funding for another grant application for a seperate strand. Also this is where 'in kind' support can be invaluable. This could be professional services offered by a parent for example and the full professional rate could be used to raise some real cash.