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Inspiring Sustainable Living Fund - SD1224

The Inspiring Sustainable Living Fund has provided start up funding to Civil Society Organisations (CSO) for projects that will enable individuals and communities to adopt sustainable behaviours, using the excitement created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics as a motivator.
Funded initiatives were accredited as London 2012 Inspire Mark projects.

The fund provided grants of just under £200,000 to three civil society organisations (CSOrgs: BioRegional, Groundwork and Sustrans) and one social housing provider (East Potential) to devise and run sustainable living projects. Project models and target outcomes were diverse, including energy, waste, water and travel behaviours as well as the community-led transformation of derelict spaces and the development of volunteer networks. It followed-on from Defra’s Greener Living Fund which had supported eight CSOrgs to encourage sustainable living behaviours through community-based activities.

This report presents the findings of evaluation research undertaken by Brook Lyndhurst, which set out to identify whether and how sustainable living had been inspired by the ISL projects and to demonstrate specific impacts where possible.
The research examined project achievements and how they had come about as the basis for a qualitative assessment of effectiveness, in terms of inspiring community action to encourage sustainable living behaviours. It drew together learning about good practice from across the four projects and examined how association with London 2012 had supported outcomes and legacy.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Defra ISL - Final report October 2014   (3028k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2011

To: 2014

Cost: £59,211
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Brook Lyndhurst Ltd
Environmental policy              
Green Spaces              
Sustainable Development