Sustain existing Environment Wales Management Grants

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The Welsh Government has unexpectedly closed down the 6 year Environment Wales Management Grant with no consultation with the many projects across Wales adversely affected by this decision.  The consequences for many of the third sector and social enterprises is dire, including: loss of jobs; loss of support for volunteers and therefore loss of hundreds if not thousands of hours of volunteering opportunities; loss of the positive environmental impacts made by all the projects; loss of training opportunities and routes into qualifications and employment; the destabilising and possible extinction of some of the organisations affected, who had built this grant into their overall longer term business plans.

As the next round of European Social funding starts, with its emphasis on volunteering, routes to employment, and action to support the environment, it seems incredible that a decision has been made to arbitrarily end projects that were achieving exactly these aims, in a way that reflected local needs and opportunities.  

Every organisation affected had worked hard to develop a sustainable model using this funding stream, which has been described as one of the more 'intelligent' sources of funding due to its longevity and its 'stepped' approach, which truly reflects the time it takes to become financially sustainable.  Through no fault of the organisations they find themselves facing a decrease of up to £48,000 over the next few years.

Those that sign this petition are requesting that this arbitrary decision is reconsidered, and those projects that are currently in receipt of funding are allowed to continue to the end of their full term.



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