Bradford community groups are invited to apply for environmental improvement grants up to £2,000, provided by Bradford Council’s Cleaner Streets Fund.

Bradford Council has made environmental improvement a top priority in the district and they are providing £250,000 for environmental community projects as part of their People Can campaign.

Bradford West, East, South, Keighley and Shipley will receive £50,000 each towards community-based activities, which is available until March 2021.

The funding can be used towards buying tools and equipment such as paint and brushes, cleaning graffiti, providing signs, training and even measures to design out environmental crime.

Neighbourhood ward officers have been asked to liaise with volunteer groups, or groups of residents who may not be part of a formal group in their communities, to help them access funding for their project.

Bradford Council has supported over 200 environmental initiatives in 2020 including litter picks involving 6,000 local volunteers.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, the Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “The Cleaner Streets Fund supports the People Can movement through positive environmental social action, giving communities help and motivation to improve local areas and local priorities.

“It’s a chance for public-spirited people to work together to improve their neighbourhood.

“We are particularly keen to support areas where there has historically been less community involvement in improving the surroundings.”

Bradford Council encourages applications from voluntary groups and organisations, places of worship, Friends of Groups, charities, parish and town councils.

For more information or for applications, groups and organisations should contact local area offices:

Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office – 01274 431155

Bradford West Area Co-ordinator’s Office – 01274 432597

Bradford East Area Co-ordinator’s Office – 01274 431066

Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office – 01274 437146

Keighley Area Co-ordinator’s Office – 01535 618008