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A page of miscellaneous sources of funding, for groups and individuals.  All details were correct at time of publication but please remember that funding sources often dry up quickly, either because all the funds have been distributed / allocated or because for many reasons the money is no longer available so please contact the provider to double check.

 

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The section is divided into regions to make it easier to find funding near you.

Click on your region as listed below.

UK wide

available across the UK

Scotland

all of Scotland, including the Western Isles, Orkney & Shetland

Wales

all of Wales

Northern Ireland

the whole of Northern Ireland

English regions:

East Anglia

Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk

Midlands

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Hereford & Worcester and Warwickshire

North East

Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Cleveland, North, West and South Yorkshires and the East Riding of Yorkshire (formerly Humberside)

North West

Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

South

Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, London, Essex, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Isle of Wight.

South West

Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.


UK wide.

The Angling Trust's Angling Improvement Fund is supported by the Environment Agency and offers grants to organisations to improve facilities, buy equipment and do other projects in support of the National Angling Strategy to encourage more people to go fishing. 

www.anglingtrust.net/improvementfund

Updated: Dec18

Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland

Training grants of up to £250 are now available for aspiring botanists who want to go on short botanical training courses. You don't need to be a member of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland to apply, although members are favoured if there is competition for training grants.

Application form here: https://bsbi.org/training 

Added: Jan19

British Ecological Society

We provide grants to promote excellent ecological research, support early career ecologists, help fund training and travel, and to communicate ecological science as widely as possible. In recent years, over £300,000 per annum has been awarded globally through various society grants. http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/funding/

Updated: Dec18

The Churchill Fellowship offers grants to develop new ideas for ‘Rural Living - Strengthening Countryside Communities’. These fund UK citizens from all walks of life to spend 4-8 weeks researching practical innovations overseas.

Apply by 17 September at www.wcmt.org.uk

Added: Aug19

CLA Charitable Trust awards grants to organisations in England and Wales who are focused on providing access to the countryside for disabled individuals and disadvantaged inner city young people. It also supports the advancement of education in agriculture, horticulture and conservation for these groups.

www.cla.org.uk/about-cla/cla-charitable-trust 

Updated: Dec18

Did you know that your community project may be eligible for financial assistance? 
The Coop Foundation has interest free loans (and some grants) available for community spaces, including green and open spaces. If you're a community organisation thinking of growing your trading activities, they might be able to help.

Click here to find out more

Added: Nov18

The David Colegrave Foundation is a charity supporting the development of students studying horticulture in the UK. We champion careers in ornamental horticulture through scholarships. Students with a passion for plants, but limited funds, are encouraged to apply. Applications open annually from September to January.

www.davidcolegravefoundation.org.uk

Updated: Dec18

The Digital Fund is a new UK wide £15 million funding programme to support charities and community organisations. It is about helping the charity and voluntary sector to use digital tools and approaches to support people and communities to thrive.

There will be further opportunities to apply in 2019.

https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/digital-fund 

Added: Nov18

Endangered spaces

Whether it’s parks, community centres or sports halls, our shared spaces are under threat. As part of our 3 year community plan, Co-operate 2022, Co-op is aiming to save, improve and protect spaces that matter.

https://www.coop.co.uk/communities/endangered-spaces

Added: Jul19

Enovert Community Trust is inviting applications for projects that will have as big an impact on the communities within ten miles of one of its landfill sites as possible. Projects may include maintaining a local amenity, church or historic building or protecting the local environment and its biodiversity.

The deadlines for applications in 2019 are 5 April, 16 August & 6 December.

Find out more at http://www.enovert.co.uk

Added: Dec18

Entrust - Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) aims to compensate those living in the vicinity of a landfill site by using landfill tax to support local community projects. The LCF currently operates in England, NI and Wales. Certain criteria under the Landfill Tax Regulations 1996 need to be met, information can be found on the ENTRUST website.

Tel: 01926 488300    Email: communications@entrust.org.uk     Web:  www.entrust.org.uk

Updated: Dec18

FSC Bursary provides support to individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds enabling them to take part in FSC curriculum focussed courses with their school class. Children and young people aged 4 - 19 attending school or college in the state sector who live in the 10% most deprived areas of UK eligible.

Find out more here

Updated: Dec18

Field Studies Council – Kids Fund

The Kids Fund aims to bring environmental understanding to disadvantaged young people by attending a

course at an FSC centre. Groups working with disadvantaged young people aged 8-18 years; voluntary youth groups and school groups may apply. Funding will normally be up to 80% of the cost of your group’s course to an FSC Field Centre to a maximum of £3000.

Deadline: each year 1 March, 1 June, 1 November.

http://www.field-studies-council.org/about/fsc-kids-fund.aspx

Updated: Dec18

A new £10million ‘Future Parks Accelerator’ initiative aims to secure the future of urban parks and green spaces

The National Lottery Heritage Fund joined forces with the National Trust to find and back ambitious and sustainable solutions to protect and enhance public parks and green spaces.

https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/hub/landscapes-parks-nature

Added: Feb19

The Heritage Horizon Awards, run by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is investing £100m in projects which will 'revolutionise UK heritage', particularly those related to landscape and nature. Heritage organisations across the UK can apply for up to £5m during the three-year funding window, which begins shortlisting in December 2019.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 11 October 2019.

Find out more here

Added: Aug19

The idverde Community Investment Fund aims to empower local people to deliver sought after projects that improve their local green space or the public realm, enhance the local environment, and boost the wellbeing of local people.

Your project must be based in areas where idverde currently operates a contract – check out our main contract locations here

https://www.idverde.co.uk/communityinvestmentfund/

Added: Feb19

Magic Little Grants 
Community Groups can apply for up to £500 with projects encouraging physical activity, especially projects encouraging social cohesion and helping vulnerable people overcome barriers to physical activity.
Application deadline: 30 November 2019

https://localgiving.org/magic-little-grants/

Added: Jun19

The National Lottery Heritage Fund offers grants for heritage projects across the UK that involve capital works and activity from £3,000 upwards. The Fund is able to support both natural and cultural heritage and from 2019 onwards has identified supporting landscape and nature projects as a key priority for investment.

https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/

Added: Feb19

Carriers for Causes grants are available for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop in England, Scotland and Wales. Grants, of up to £1000 will be available to support projects that ‘benefit local communities - helping to improve lives and local places’.

http://www.groundwork.org.uk/Pages/Category/carriers-for-causes-uk

Updated: Dec18

The People’s Health Trust Active Communities – is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years. It provides grants of £5,000 - £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. The programme is open in different parts of the country at different times.

https://www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk/apply-for-funding

Updated: Dec18

Are you a British graduate, or have you recently finished your undergraduate degree at a university in the UK? Are you looking to work in conservation in the UK but finding it hard to get anywhere without any work experience? PTES’ Internship Programme - provides grants of up to £5,000. www.ptes.org/grants

Added: Jan19

RHS Bursaries

Projects with a very clear relevance to horticulture, expeditions and activities related to horticulture are eligible to be considered for a bursary

Find out more here

Updated: Dec18

Tesco Bags of Help funds over 1,500 projects across England, Wales and  Scotland every 2 months. Supported projects range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers, and hosting community events. Find out more here

Find out more here

Added: Mar19

Tesco Centenary is open now for applications for £25,000 for a wide range of regionally significant projects.

If your project is in England, Wales or Scotland click here

If your project is in Northern Ireland click here 

Added: Mar19

Trees for Cities plants over 50,000 trees across UK cities and towns each year.  We would love to hear from any landowners interested in being a part of making our neighbourhoods greener, healthier, happier places to be.   

Contact Kathy for more information:  kathy@treesforcities.org / 020 78204419 / www.treesforcities.org  

Updated: Jan19

Veolia Environmental Trust Grants (UK)

Constituted, not-for-profit groups within the vicinity of a qualifying Veolia site, can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 for projects that support the natural, social and built environment. Two stage application process - please visit website to check compliance and application deadlines. 

http://www.veoliatrust.org/funding/

Updated: Dec18

The Whitley Awards seek to support grassroots leaders in resource-poor, biodiversity-rich countries working to conserve wildlife and their habitats with the help of local communities. Awards are worth £40,000 over one year.

Please visit http://whitleyaward.org/apply-for-conservation-funding/how-to-apply/ to download the application forms and guidelines.

Application deadline: midnight 31 October 2019.

Added: Aug19

Woodland Trust tree giveaway
The Woodland Trust is giving away 600,000 trees to be planted by schools and community groups in November 2019. Choose from packs of 15, 30, 105 or 420 native broadleaf saplings.

Application deadline: Mid-August 2019

Find out more here

Added: Jan19

Field Studies Council is offering a Young Environmentalists Fund

Created to offer financial support for 16-25 year olds to enable them to attend a range of opportunities. FSC has £5,000 per year for three years to support young people in need to attend specific FSC courses to develop environmental skills and understanding when they are making career and life choices.

Find out more here

Updated: Dec18


Scotland.

Biological Recording in Scotland

In order to encourage people to take up the serious study of wildlife, BRISC (Biological Recording in Scotland), GNHS (Glasgow Natural History Society), SNH (Scottish Natural Heritage), the Inverness Botany Group and the Malloch Society are together offering bursaries towards attending a training course in natural history field studies.

See http://www.brisc.org.uk/Bursaries.php

Added: Jan19

Community Path and Community Active Travel grants support communities to create, promote and maintain local community paths and active travel routes. Community organisations and registered community charities such as community councils, development trusts and community woodland groups working in Scotland can all apply for Paths for All funding.

https://www.pathsforall.org.uk/community-paths/cmp-grants 

Added: Jun19

Culture & Business Fund Scotland promotes collaboration between Scottish businesses with arts and heritage organisations to deliver new projects (heritage includes parks and greenspace). If an organisation attracts an eligible business to sponsor an aspect of their work, the Fund will match that sponsorship.

Find out more here

Updated: Dec18

The Forestry Commission Scotland Community Fund aims to support community groups and  organisations that are encouraging and facilitating greater use of woods by people to derive health, well-being and community benefits.

Find out more here

Updated: Dec18

Foundation Scotland makes grants to good causes in Scotland. Our grants can cover a wide range of costs including ; running costs; activities and events; equipment or materials; marketing and awareness; training or activities to  support growth and development

Information on all our grant programmes can be found at https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/

Updated: Dec18

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Educational Travel Grants

To help schools and groups experience the great outdoors in the National Park, an Educational Travel Grant can cover up to 75% of total transport costs, up to a maximum award of £200.

Find out more here

Updated: Dec18

Peatland Action Fund from Scottish Natural Heritage

Our latest funding round has now closed, however we continue to offer pre-application advise from our team of Project Officers. Please contact us at peatlandaction@nature.scot with your contact details and proposed location. The funding primarily supports on-the-ground restoration activities, including peat dam installation and more novel techniques, such as peat-hag revegetating.

Find out more here

Updated: Jun19

The Pebble Trust has a vision of a more sustainable, equal and low-carbon society, where constraints on fossil fuels lead to a more localised economy with stronger, more resilient, communities, and where human activities take account of climate change and the wider environment. The Trust supports projects in Scotland, and particularly in the Highlands and Islands.

http://www.thepebbletrust.org/

Updated: Dec18

Perth & Kinross Community Environment Challenge Fund is for community-led projects in Perth & Kinross that make a significant difference to the local environment. In addition, there is a requirement for a long-term maintenance commitment for any projects undertaken through the Fund.

Find out more here

http://www.pkc.gov.uk/CECF 

Updated: Dec18

Rivers for All Fund

As part of the RiverLife: Almond & Avon project, the River Forth Fisheries Trust are offering grants twice yearly to support individuals, local communities and organisations who are looking to carry out projects connected to the Almond & Avon rivers and their surrounding greenspaces.

http://river-life.org.uk/funding/

Updated: Dec18

The Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF) is a tax credit scheme, linked to Scottish Landfill Tax that encourages landfill site operators to provide contributions to Approved Bodies, who can then pass the funds onto community and environmental projects. Landfill operators cannot directly fund projects and cannot control how SLCF funding is spent.

Find out more here

Updated: Dec18

The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) Programme is Paths for All’s grant scheme to support behaviour change initiatives to increase active and sustainable travel.

Click here to find out more

Added: May18

Sustrans ArtRoots funding period now open for community groups in Scotland

Community groups across Scotland are being given the opportunity to apply for up to £5000 in funding towards artistic and aesthetic improvements to their local National Cycle Network routes.

Find out more here

Added: Jan19

Grant funding is available from Sustrans for projects which benefit people or wildlife across National Cycle Network routes in Scotland, with community groups able to apply for grants of between £100 and £750.

The current round of funding is now closed. It will open again in summer

Find out more here

Added: Jun19

SYHA Youth Active Grants are provided by SYHA Hostelling Scotland to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to take part in a school/youth group residential trip. Grants are available to those who may not have the opportunity due to their circumstances which result in social exclusion, deprivation or other disadvantage. Teachers and Youth Leaders can apply for up to 40%* support per eligible individual.

Find out more here

Added: Feb18

Tesco Bags of Help funds 225 projects in Scotland every 2 months. You can apply now for up to £4000 for projects that bring benefits to the community. This includes outdoor or indoor improvements, activities and equipment purchases. Get your application going – more info here @scotbagsofhelp

Updated: Dec18


Wales.

The Oakdale Trust is Welsh based, distributing £250,000 pa. Grants average £750 up to a maximum of £2,000. Areas of interest include Welsh based social/community projects and environmental conservation in Wales.

Grants are awarded each April and October. The deadline for applications is published on the Trust website.

http://oakdaletrust.org.uk/

Updated: Dec18


Northern Ireland.
DAERA launches £900,000 Coastal Community Fund

Round 5 of the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) in Northern Ireland is now open for applications. The aim of the CCF is to support the economic development of UK coastal communities by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs.

https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/coastal-communities-fund

Added: Nov18


North East.

Bettys Trees for Life fund – Yorkshire

The Bettys Trees for Life Fund aims to support groups working to improve local green spaces and wildlife habitats through tree planting project, improved access to woodland and environmental management and education project.

https://www.trcf.org.uk/grants-bettys-trees-for-life

Added: Dec18

The Sir George Martin Trust provides funding to charitable projects in West and North Yorkshire and supports projects in a number of categories including countryside, environment, green issues. To find out more and apply www.sirgeorgemartintrust.org.uk 

Added: May18

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is a small fund of £175,000 each year provided to support projects that promote a more sustainable way of living and working in and visiting the Yorkshire Dales National Park, whilst conserving and enhancing our local culture, wildlife, landscape, land use and communities. http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/living-and-working/sdf 

Updated: Dec18


North West.

Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund

Ørsted develop and operate the Burbo Bank wind farms. They have committed to a Community Fund worth approximately £225,000 each year for the lifetime of the Project.

To find out more about the fund and when the next application deadline is, please click here

Added: Oct18

The Lake District Foundation funds effective and evidence-based projects that share our goal that the Lake District and Cumbria will be an inspirational example of sustainable development in action, and a place where a prosperous economy, world-class visitor experiences and vibrant communities come together to sustain its spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage.

Application deadline: 20 September 2019

Find out more here

Added: Aug19

The Partnership Innovation Fund

Can you help grow the Northern Forest? New funding is now available to support large scale woodland creation in the Northern Forest area delivered through innovative models and mechanisms. All planting supported by the Fund must be completed by the end of March 2022.

Application deadline: 31 July 2019

https://thenorthernforest.org.uk/get-involved/

Added: Jun19

The Swales Trust Fund aims to give support to students being educated for the farming, forestry and horticultural industry, funded by the Trustees of the Swales Trust.

Awards are only available to individuals who live in Cumbria.

Find out more at https://www.cumbriafoundation.org/fund/swales-trust-fund/

Added: Feb19


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