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Golf sustainability takes new step in Wales

WELSH golf clubs can now apply for the second wave of sustainability funding launched by Wales Golf.

The Accelerator Grant is now open and clubs are invited to submit an application, with up to £5,000 available to clubs to support sustainability projects which positively contribute towards fostering nature, community engagement, taking climate action and reducing emissions.

The funding, made available by Welsh Government, is the second wave of sustainability funding distributed by Wales Golf following the Kickstarter Fund which was launched in April.

That saw 18 clubs from across Wales benefit from the fund and either begin or strengthen their sustainability journey.

In addition to the £5,000 being made available to apply for, the clubs which are successful in obtaining Accelerator funding will also have access to the OnCourse Sustainability Self-Assessment, a Sustainability Report which includes a Carbon Footprint Report.

These additional elements are provided free of charge by Wales Golf’s sustainability project partners The G.E.O. Foundation for Sustainable Golf.

Hannah McAllister, chief executive officer at Wales Golf said: “The high number of applications we received for the Kickstarter Fund demonstrates a clear need and appetite from Welsh Golf Clubs to start embedding sustainable golf projects within the strategies adopted by clubs.

“We are extremely thankful to Welsh Government for providing us with funding to highlight how we can advance sustainability and climate action, in and through the sport of golf in Wales.

“We look forward to seeing the innovative ways our clubs interpret the topic areas for the Accelerator Grant and highlight the positive impacts the project will have for their club.”

Applications for the Accelerator Grant can now be submitted online and additional information can also be found by visiting- https://www.walesgolf.org/sustainability-grant-funding-support/

Should clubs require additional information please contact Dilwyn.Griffiths@walesgolf.org

Photo caption: St Melyd Golf Club, head greenkeeper Jonathan Pritchard, left, and apprentice Conor Holding.