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August 11, 2010 5:00 PM

North Devon MP Nick Harvey has backed The Green Insurance Company's Green Grants initiative and is urging North Devon communities to apply for up to £2,000 to help fund local environmental projects.

The leading environmental insurance provider has allocated £20,000 to support community projects and is inviting applications from across the country. Potential projects could include:

o A community garden to grow your own vegetables or a wildlife garden to encourage biodiversity;

o A project to increase awareness of environmental issues and educate children to develop good environmental habits;

o Funding to help make a local community building more energy efficient; and

o Help to start up an environmental society or to host a community eco-fair to encourage people to become more environmentally aware.

Nick said: "This is a great opportunity for North Devon residents to have a stake in the environmental future of our area. I would urge all residents to think about how a Green Grant could benefit an environmental project in North Devon and to get in touch with The Green Insurance Company to try and make it happen."

Gaynor Wood, Head of The Green Insurance Company, said: "We want to give people throughout the UK the opportunity to make a difference within their communities and supporting green initiatives is a great way to do this. We can't wait to start getting in the applications and would urge community groups and residents to get in touch with their projects as soon as possible."

The Green Insurance Company have set up an easy to use online application form available at www.greeninsurancecompany.co.uk/giving and are inviting applications up until 29th August 2010. A panel of environmental experts including the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Glasgow University, The Green Business Partnership and The Green Insurance Company will review all applications. The announcements of the projects that have been successful in achieving the grants will be made in the autumn.