NGi delivered a workshop on European Grant Funding opportunities during the Annual General Meeting of the efb, held in Brno, the Czech Republic on the 15th and 16th May 2015.
The efb champions green infrastructure for urban settings, for those of you unaware of this development, advocates believe that instead of just concrete and traditional construction materials we should be reintroducing nature into our towns and cities. Alongside, buildings, roads and pavements there should be green roofs and/or walls, sustainable urban drainage.
Not only would this improve the visual environment, but it would improve the performance of our cities and help us adapt to climate change.
NGi as experts in European Funding where invited to present a workshop on European Grant Funding that the members could legitimately target. Representatives from Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and the UK spent Saturday morning exploring opportunities and identifying potential projects.
Initially the workshop covered the range of funding opportunities that could support green infrastructure projects, participants then went through an exercise, starting from a basic idea on how to assemble a project outline for an EU application. From the resulting activity the efb have identified two potential projects they wish to develop with a view to making applications in 2016.
President Dusty Gedge said ‘The NGi workshop helped us as an Association to understand all the opportunities available to us. We now have two project outlines that members understand the purpose of and are enthusiastic about. The workshop was well designed and allowed us to make significant progress.’
NGi will continue to work with the efb in helping them to achieve their aims.
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