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Young people offered £500 towards environmental project

Published Wednesday 24 August, 2022
Last updated on Wednesday 24 August, 2022

Young people in Swale with a project idea that improves the environment, or encourages others to help the environment, are being offered £500 as part of Swale’s Great Big Green Week activities, funded by the Climate Coalition.

The youth climate competition gives young people aged 11-16 years old the opportunity to get together in small groups to develop a project that benefits the environment and local community.

Cllr Julian Saunders, chair of the environment committee at the council, said:

“We want to hear from young people about what they think we can do to improve our local environment, so we’re offering them the opportunity to turn their idea into a reality.

“In groups of four to six people, anyone aged 11-16 years old can take part in the competition, with the winning team being awarded £500 to carry out their plan.”

Cllr Tim Valentine, vice chair of the environment committee at the council, said:

“We’ll be looking for how the project improves the environment, what benefits there’ll be for the local community, and how they plan to deliver the project, including where the materials and resources come from and how they’ll market it.

“We encourage applicants to be as creative as possible, using presentation slides, word documents, videos and photos to outline their ideas.

“You have until Thursday, 15 September to enter your idea, with the top entrants going on to present their project to a panel of judges two weeks later on Thursday, 29 September.”

Applicants must submit their ideas by Thursday, 15 September, and be available to present their project on Thursday, 29 September at Swale House in Sittingbourne.

For more information about the competition, including how to apply, visit