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Watermark awards

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Watermark award scheme we have launched a special award for water conservation projects in our region.

The Sustainable Watermark will run until March 2014 and there is £10,000 to give away to groups across the region – with single projects able to secure up to £2,000.

To qualify applicants need to prove that they are working on water saving projects in community halls, schools or other community buildings by doing at least one of the following:

  • installing water saving devices
  • harvesting rainwater
  • recycling grey water - wastewater generated from activities such as washing and bathing
  • promoting water saving behaviour through drama or art work
  • creating a dry garden, which is not reliant on water in order to thrive
  • using any technical innovation that can demonstrate water saving or recycling benefits.

To apply for a Sustainable Watermark award please download and complete the application form. The awards are a separate criteria to the Watermark awards.

Watermark awards


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Meanwhile, if your school is looking for a grant to create a wildlife pond, or you want to start an environmental project, you can apply for a Wessex Watermark award.

It helps all kinds of organisations to apply for financial help when carrying out projects throughout our region.

So if you’re representing a school, parish council or community organisation and you have an environmental project in mind you could apply for grants of up to £1,500 towards it.

And every three months a special project receives the Wessex Watermark gold award worth £2,500.

All the applications are considered by a panel of experts chaired by botanist, television presenter and Conservation Foundation co-founder David Bellamy.

Our leaflet has more information including an application form or please call 01225 526327 for more information.


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Organised by the Conservation Foundation, the Watermark award has supported more than 500 initiatives in the region.

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