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Author Topic: Local projects set to further benefit from Greenredeem  (Read 1749 times)
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« on: September 13, 2014, 01:14:42 PM »

Changes are being introduced to the Royal Borough’s Greenredeem scheme to ensure that residents have a wider choice of projects to vote for and local groups have a greater chance of gaining funding.

Since the launch of the Greenredeem scheme in December 2013, 21of the 24 projects entered have successfully secured funding through point donation.

Even with this impressive take-up, because of the high level of resident engagement with the project, the Royal Borough wants to ensure that its residents have sufficient choice over where to donate their recycling points and that projects have enough time to ensure they can reach the 200,000 point target to receive the funds.

Changes to the scheme include:

An extended choice of projects available to residents by including both annual and quarterly borough grants to the Greenredeem list. This can be seen at under the donations page.
Originally, a clause of the scheme required the exclusion of projects that had not reached the total target within the first six months of entering the scheme. This has now been replaced with a threshold target where projects are only removed if they have not reached 140,000 points in the first six-month period, with the remaining six months to reach the full 200,000 point target.
Cllr David Burbage, council leader and chairman of the cabinet participatory budget sub committee, said: “We have made these changes to ensure that those groups that have been successful at raising points and are close to achieving the target necessary to receive funding are not disadvantaged by being removed after the six-month period has elapsed.

“Applications for funding through the neighbourhood budget scheme are now automatically entered into the mix to potentially ‘win’ the Greenredeem bonus, which gives them an alternative avenue of funding to explore.

“We want as many local groups and projects as possible to benefit from the generous donations by residents.”

Cllr George Bathurst, cabinet member for policy and performance, said: “We are able to increase the opportunities for local groups to benefit from residents generously donating their Greenredeem points.

“It is the Big Society in action and I am confident that it will further enhance the community for the benefit of all. I am thrilled at the success of this scheme so far and it’s surpassed all our expectations.”

Rob Crumbie, director of marketing and communications at Greenredeem said, “The generosity of Royal Borough residents has been amazing. Since we launched in December 2013, members have donated more than four million points to help good causes in the borough. We’re delighted to see one positive action supporting so many others.”
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