News article created on 16 January 2018

Community groups asked for project ideas to improve local waterways

People in the East Midlands are being invited to put forward ideas for small projects that will make a big difference on their local waterways. We will help to make some of the best suggestions a reality.

Community groups improving the waterways

Whether it’s creating a community garden or simply putting a bench at a popular stopping spot, people are being urged to put forward ideas for micro-projects which will help to make a visit to their local canal or river even more special.

It’s part of the ‘Your Waterways’ scheme being launched in the East Midlands by us. We will support the best projects with small pots of money as well as help from it’s expert staff. 

In return groups will be asked to donate time to bring the project to fruition and to consider ongoing volunteering activities to help make a difference on their local canal or river.

Ideas could range from physical improvements such as installing new seating, creating community gardens or improving sections of towpath to more community-focussed initiatives such as setting up healthy towpath walks or fishing taster sessions.

A panel of judges will assess all of the applications based on how achievable they are within the funding available as well as the benefits they will bring to the local community.

We're particularly keen to see applications from community groups that it hasn’t previously worked with.

Liz Fleuty, our development & engagement manager said; "Nobody knows waterways like the people living and working alongside them and we want to hear people’s ideas for really making the most of them.

"We’re not looking for large scale restoration projects but smaller initiatives that will make a real difference and help local communities to lead happier, healthier lives.

"We’re really open-minded and want people to be as creative as possible. If there’s an idea that pops into your head each time you take the dog for a walk on your nearest towpath then we want to hear it.

"All you need is an idea and some time to bring it fruition and the Canal & River Trust will support you in getting it off the ground."

To submit a project visit your waterways and download an application form. The closing date for applications is 31 January 2018 and successful applicants will be notified by mid-February.