Blenheim’s Green Bank will offer funds for local, community projects to improve sustainability and/or adapt to climate change.
The Blenheim Green Community Bursary is for smaller scale community projects that promote sustainable environmental benefits, such as planting wildflower verges. There will also be practical support for projects on a limited basis. For example, advice and practical support from our gardeners when planting the wildflower areas.
The Blenheim Green Loans would be provided exclusively to constituted bodies, such as Town and Parish Councils that are for larger scale projects. For example, if applicants take up government initiatives (such as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme) that would cover only a portion of the cost of a heat pump, they could apply for a Green Bank Loan to cover the remaining capital cost of the project.
Each year, local charities and organisations are invited to apply for funding as part of Blenheim's Bursary Scheme.
Since its beginning in 2018, The Blenheim Bursary Fund has given in excess of £250,000 to more than 50 different organisations. Among groups receiving funds, ranging from £100 to £5,000, are the Long Hanborough Community Tree Project, the Church Hanborough Jubilee Legacy Project, Woodstock Pilates Studio, Hanborough Manor Primary School, Cherwell Theatre Company, Heyford Park Community Garden, North Leigh Preschool and Freeland Preschool.
The Blenheim Bursary will consist of £40,000 for local projects and the chosen theme of the Blenheim Bursary for 2023 is the cost of living.
The Bursary is available to all local charities and organisations and is part of our ongoing commitment to more than double our charitable contributions to our local community within 10 years.