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Funding opportunities

We are keen to support the activities of local community associations and projects. Please refer to our Viridor in Peterborough Application form & Funding Criteria document below for further information:

Please click here to find out more about how we can support you. 

Case studies

Peterborough talking newspaper

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The Peterborough and District Talking Newspaper for the Blind was the first to benefit from the Viridor in Peterborough Fund, receiving much-needed funding which helped to ensure the future of its proud 36-year tradition of providing a free weekly audio version of the local news for visually impaired people.

Paul Rowland, Viridor in Peterborough (ViP) Chairman, visited the Peterborough and District Talking Newspaper Association and was delighted to see the equipment that had been purchased following their successful application to the Viridor in Peterborough (ViP) Fund. The organisation received £2,508.

He said: “It was good to meet some of the team today who work tirelessly to give visually impaired individuals in the city access to local news. The equipment purchased with the funding has given confidence to the team and means that they can continue their mission within the community.”

Volunteers work to edit, record, copy and distribute the audio news and had made an application for ViP funding to purchase new copying equipment. The equipment helped to ensure a more robust and reliable service for the future.

Nene Park electric vehicle

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Nene Park successfully applied to the Viridor in Peterborough (ViP) Fund in order to purchase an electric van to support volunteering and educational groups at the Park.

The van has enabled the Nene Park team to conduct volunteering, maintenance and education activities in more remote areas of the Park. It also acts as a refreshment station so that hot and cold drinks can be offered during these sessions. The van is equipped with a roof rack and trailer to carry equipment for volunteers to use, as well as educational resources for pond dipping, bug hunting, nature trails and educational games. 

In addition to the vehicle, three new electric vehicle charging points at the Park were installed – one to support the new van and two public points in the Lakeside car park that are available to use for any visitors with an electric car.

Adrian Oates, head of fundraising at Nene Park Trust said: “We’re enormously grateful to Viridor for funding this new vehicle. It will make a big difference to both our team and our network of more than 60 volunteers. As a nature-focused charity, we very much support green travel initiatives, and this is an important step in becoming more environmentally friendly while expanding what we offer to our visitors.”

Paul Rowland, Viridor in Peterborough Chairman, said: “I am delighted to see the ViP funding being used to support the volunteers and visitors at Nene Park. Education and volunteering are vital to the sustainability of the Park and it has been a pleasure to help the team succeed in their aim to have a more environmentally friendly method of transport whilst being able to access more remote areas of the park.”

Digital people in Peterborough

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Digital people in Peterborough (DPiP) were delighted to be awarded grant funding totalling £5,000 from the Viridor in Peterborough Fund. DPiP will use this opportunity to work alongside parents, teachers and educators to inspire today’s youth into becoming tomorrow’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) innovators. Additionally, funding will help DPiP invest in new equipment allowing for greater growth into Peterborough’s digital community.

Jonathan Frascella, one of DPiP’s founding members commented, “This funding will provide opportunities for children to utilise exciting, new and immersive technologies whilst also enabling our volunteers to pass on skills to under-represented groups across Peterborough.”

In addition to other projects, the funding has allowed DPiP to collaborate with Peterborough-based digital artist, Lee Mason, to deliver a series of inspirational VR workshops for local schools which aim to engage, inspire, and develop children’s digital skills outside of a traditional learning environment.

The Viridor in Peterborough Community Fund, supports the activities of local community associations and projects. Funding of projects is awarded on a set of criteria based around sustainability, local need, community involvement, value for money and education such as the proposed workshops to be facilitated by DPiP.

The funding received also covered bringing the maths exhibit ‘Mirror Pillar’ to Peterborough STEM Festival 2018, facilitated by mathematicians Katie Steckles and Matt Parker, to provide a visual and engaging way for children to learn about maths and geometry.

Lee also took his VR workshop to the fourth Peterborough STEM Festival on October 12th 2019, a volunteer run and community-led event, which will continue to engage and inspire school-age children in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.

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