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Green School Fund launched in Aylesbury Vale

The younger generation are being asked for their ideas

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 1:24pm 17th February 2020. 3-minute read.

Green School Fund launched in Aylesbury Vale

Aylesbury Vale has seen a Green School Fund launched. 

Aylesbury Vale District Council, supported by Buckinghamshire County Council and Heart of Bucks, are behind the fund. 

Open to primary and secondary schools in Aylesbury Vale, grants of up to £1,500 will be awarded to support students environmental projects.

The formal launch took place at Royal Latin School in Buckingham which already has an impressive number of green initiatives, initiated by the student led Green Touch Team.

Councillor Paul Irwin. AVDC Cabinet Member for Environment & Leisure

"It's got to be from the children, that's the thing. 

"We want to prove that children want this and its not just 'We'll have a bicycle rack because its free money'. Its got to be because the children want it and understand why they want it."

Applications will involve a two stage process, first an 'expression of interest' form will need to be completed before applicants are invited to make a full application. 

As part of the first stage students are asked to complete a project, for example litter picking, and document it by video or a scrap book. 

Cllr Paul Irwin explained why it is important young people engage with the environment:

"If we're not careful they won't have one in the future. 

"So we need to teach the kids now they need to look after the environment because we haven't, we've ruined it. I'm 47 and my age group have ruined it for them so we need to make sure this doesn't happen again. "

Arif Hussain, Buckinghamshire County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Education & Skills, said:

"We are delighted to be able to have a practical impact by matching the contribution to the Green Schools Fund  made by AVDC.

"Although initially only schools in the Aylesbury Vale area will be able to apply for grants, we are confident that the success of this pilot will lead to it being taken forward countywide by the new Buckinghamshire Council." 

Henry Allmand, Heart of Bucks Chief Executive, said:

"As the local Community Foundation, Heart of Bucks is delighted to have been asked to manage this new fund and to support local school students to realise their project ambitions by helping them through the grant application process.

"While it is rigorous, to ensure the students have thought through their project before applying for a grant, we have designed it so it can be completed by students of all ages - with the support of their teaching staff."

The closing date for the first stage of applications is March 18th, more information can be found here.

Applications to Heart of Bucks will be considered from Schools Councils and similar student bodies affiliated to schools within the AVDC area, subject to the school, acting as sponsor and receiving the grant payment on behalf of its students. 

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