Community Grant Updates


Discover how our community grants help support local community groups to make a real difference to people, wildlife and the environment within the Transforming the Trent Valley Scheme area.

If you are interested in applying for a community grant, please visit our community grants page for more information.

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Community Grants

WELLIES Volunteers: New Skills

WELLIES project, based in Sudbury, applied in August 2020 for a Community Grant of £2000 to support their aim of enabling their existing volunteers to develop new skills and confidence in volunteering for WELLIES and partner organisations. A 15 week project was delivered, with volunteers attending heritage workshops, creating a volunteer taskforce to support other local organisations, supporting the mental wellbeing of the WELLIES volunteers throughout the continuing Covid 19 pandemic, carry out a litter pick along the River Dove, and work with local organisations to share the new skills learnt and continue to develop community connections.

Feedback from their project:

  • The volunteers have greater knowledge of wildlife habitats; respect for the weather conditions and seeing how dropped litter spoils the countryside and presents a threat to the wildlife.
  • In a year when lots of organisations have lost volunteers we have held onto all of ours, bar 1. He moved onto volunteering at a local foodbank which we see as a real positive outcome. He took all the skills that he learned at WELLIES with him which made him a highly trained volunteer.
  • Litter picking along the river Dove was interesting and something the volunteers said they could do with their families at other times.
WELLIES Volunteers

Manor Park Sailing Club: Training Expansion Project

Manor Park Sailing Club, situated near Kings Bromley, applied to our Community Grants scheme in August 2020. They were successful in applying for a grant to buy buoyancy aids for the young people who attend their club to ensure that they have the correct size for all trainees arriving on site. This was a part of their wider Training Plan to increase their training capacity and facilities on site. They have given this feedback on the impact of receiving a grant through Transforming the Trent Valley:

The improvements to the club house and the fact that through TTTV the club has been successful in obtaining grants to expand its training, has really lifted club morale. The committee meetings have a much more positive approach, and the social chats between members and regular “Club News” output are now uplifting and full of encouragement. We have even seen a significant uptake in paying membership fees despite there being no sailing for a year; nearly 80% of members have renewed already. Once lockdown is lifted we are confident there will be a large return to sailing, and our advance planning to meet the challenges will have come to fruition. Perhaps the biggest lesson learnt is that we are so fortunate in having the help of Support Staffordshire, with Nicola Lynes and Claire Ferris at the end of an email to assist our club.

Manor Park Sailing Club
Manor Park Sailing Club

Latest update from Branston Friends

Branston Friends have been busy planting spring bulbs and tidying up the local cemetery recently and have shared these photos with us.

Thank you to all of the Branston Friends volunteers, we can't wait to see the flowers bloom this spring!

Nicola Lynes, Community Engagement Officer
Transforming the Trent Valley
Branston Friends
Branston Friends
Branston Friends

Latest update from the Wellies Project

Volunteers with the WELLIES project recently had some great fun making bird boxes ready for installation along the River Dove in Derbyshire as part of the Transforming the Trent Valley scheme. They have been on riverside walks looking at the flora and fauna, installing the fantastic bird boxes they have made ready for bird nesting season and will be doing a litter pick too.

Staffordshire Care Rural Development CIC

It's great to see the fantastic work that the volunteers at the WELLIES project have done over recent months with all their hard work building the bird boxes and keeping the River Dove clean and litter free. We are sure that come nesting time, every single bird box will be occupied. Thank you for all your hard work!

Nicola Lynes, Community Engagement Officer
Transforming the Trent Valley
WELLIES Project

First round of Community Grants awarded

We are pleased to announce the first successful applications to our Community Grants scheme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Four organisations providing opportunities within the scheme area have between them been awarded a total of £5,750 in the first round of applications.

Our congratulations go to FISH 2013 who have been awarded £975 to support four angling taster days to promote the sport of fishing on the River Trent at Burton Upon Trent. Fish 2013

Staffordshire Care Rural Development CIC has been awarded £2000 to support wildlife and habitat conservation volunteering on the River Dove through their WELLIES project. WELLIES work with adults suffering from poor mental health. The grant will allow them to run sessions making bird and bat boxes and put them up on land along the River Dove, providing opportunities to learn practical conservation and woodworking skills. Staffordshire Care Rural Development CIC

Branston Friends have been awarded £775 for the creation of a walking leaflet and planting a mix of native and decorative flower bulbs in Branston.

Finally, Burton Swans have been awarded £2000 to support their Cygnet Project by funding an artist to visit local schools with a smaller cygnet version of their swans for pupils to decorate; bringing art and the heritage of Burton Upon Trent to life for local school children. Burton Swans

Burton Swans Cygnet Project

We are really pleased with the applications in this first round of funding through Transforming the Trent Valley. These projects will make a big difference to the people and wildlife in the area, and we look forward to seeing the great work that they do as their projects progress over the coming months

Nicola Lynes, Community Engagement Officer
Transforming the Trent Valley