When developing project ideas or your grant application you may find the following resources useful.

Invest in Nature Cymru
There is now a wide range of evidence showing how resilient, high quality environments, and spending time in them, delivers multiple benefits for health and well-being, economic prosperity and community cohesion. They also have a key role to play in safeguarding communities against challenges such as extreme weather events and poor air quality.

Invest in Nature Cymru aims to support any community group or third sector organisation wanting to work with the natural environment to enjoy these benefits - and to protect them for future generations. It is a Welsh Government funded programme run by WCVA.

The Invest in Nature Cymru team can provide information, signpost you to specialist advice and connect you with relevant partners through a telephone and email support service. Our webpages provide examples of activities for groups of all shapes and sizes that fit into all 3 areas of the LDT Grant Scheme as well as links to policy, funding and practical support.

For links at a local level as well as general advice about starting or running a project, don't forget to also contact your local County Voluntary Council.

In addition the following resources can help you build on your project ideas for one of the scheme themes:
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The biodiversity theme is all about the 'conservation and promotion of a specific species or a specific habitat where it naturally occurs'.

Several key resources help explain the current poor state of our biodiversity and the threats that this brings to the 'ecosystem services' that we depend on the natural environment for. These are things like clean air, clean water, food and medicine.

Important resources include:

For information on species in your local area and the best actions you can take to support them you can check out your Local Biodiversity Action Plan, contact your Local Environmental Records Centre (North, South, West, and Mid), find your local Wildlife Trust or take a look at the Invest in Nature Cymru 'Making Space for Nature' webpages.

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Waste Minimisation and the Diversion of Waste from Landfill

This theme aims to 'promote awareness and best practice to reduce the amount of waste produced'. This will help reduce the environmental and monetary costs associated with wasted resources and help bring about a circular economy where waste is viewed as a resource.

For more information on the circular economy and what this means, you can visit the WRAP Cymru website. This also has examples of waste minimisation ideas such as the 'Love Food Hate Waste' and 'Love Your Clothes' projects. For more circular economy ideas join Fareshare Cymru and Repair Café initiatives or set up your own local scheme.

Keep Wales Tidy has useful waste research and policy information in their 'Briefings and Research' section as well as many examples of inspiring community action to tackle waste and litter at a local community level. Fly Tipping Action Wales also has resources and campaign ideas to tackle nuisance litter. Marine Conservation Society offers advice around beach cleans and marine litter and runs BeachWatch across the UK.

If you are looking to trial reuse or upcycling initiatives, Wales Coop Centre provides support for social enterprises in Wales and WCVA's Social Business Growth Fund is another source of advice and funding.

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Wider Environmental Enhancements

This theme is a great opportunity to fund activities which bring wider community benefits through improving the quality of community facilities and green spaces. If you are thinking of putting together a project to promote or enhance green space or to improve your community building the following may be useful resources for ideas and research data:

Organisations like Keep Wales Tidy, Canal and River Trust, Groundwork Wales and Groundwork North Wales also have information and case studies providing ideas and inspiration.

If you would like to know more about the national policies that this fund aims to support you can learn about them below:

The Environment (Wales) Act 2016 aims to protect our natural resources for future generations and is explained in this short animation and webpage.

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 sets out a route towards sustainable development in Wales. WCVA has webpages that explain 'All you need to know'.