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Grants and Funding

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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.

If you are able to offer grant assistance or know of a source that does and isn't listed on this page please click here to send the details to CJS.

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 object of the Alice McCosh Trust is to advance education by providing or assisting with grants for work or study related to natural history and/or the environment.

Find out more at http://www.thealicemccoshtrust.org.uk/index.htm

Added: Dec19

The Angling Trust's Angling Improvement Fund in partnership with the Environment Agency, offers grants to a wide range of angling providers aimed at measures to protect fish stocks from predation e.g. otter proof fencing and measures to reduce predation by fish eating birds.

www.anglingtrust.net/improvementfund

Updated: Dec19

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/grants

Updated: Dec19

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: Dec19

CLA Charitable Trust awards grants to organisations in England and Wales who are focused on helping those who are disabled or disadvantaged benefit from access to the countryside, and to take part in educational agricultural, horticultural and conservation activities that they would not have otherwise been able to enjoy.

https://www.cla.org.uk/events/cla-charitable-trust

Updated: Dec19

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: Dec19

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 2020 are 24 April, 14 August and 11 December.

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

Updated: Dec19

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 operates in England and NI. 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: Dec19

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: Dec19

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 75% of the cost of your group’s course to an FSC Field Centre to a maximum of £3000.

Deadline: each year 1 March, 1 November.

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

Updated: Dec19

Creating new woodland: HS2 Woodland Fund

Grant funding available for Restoring existing Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) & Creating new native woodland. To support HS2’s ecology programme, the HS2 Woodland Fund is a £5 million grant scheme aimed at helping landowners to restore Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) and create new native woodland, at 100% of standard costs.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hs2-woodland-fund

Added: Jan2020

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 has identified supporting landscape and nature projects as a key priority for investment. https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/


Added: Jan2020

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: Dec19

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 - £40,000 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: Dec19

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

Updated: Jan 2020

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: Dec19

Sea-Changers gives grants to a range of UK-based, marine conservation, not-for-profit organisations. We are particularly interested in projects which galvanise community action and increase the number of people taking action for marine conservation.

We have two grant programmes- a Main Grants Programme and a Small Grants Programme.

More info: www.sea-changers.org.uk/grants

Added: Mar2020

The Tree Council Branching Out Fund is now open.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, we have funds available to assist schools and community groups proposing to undertake well-planned tree and hedge planting projects this winter (November 2020 – March 2021), preferably during National Tree Week – 28 November – 6 December 2020.

https://treecouncil.org.uk/take-action/grants-for-trees/

Added: Jun2020

Woodland Creation Grant – Countryside Stewardship

Capital grant for farmers and land managers to create woodland: Woodland creation provides funding to supply, plant, weed and protect young trees.

Find out more here

Added: Nov19

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: Dec19


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 https://www.brisc.org.uk/projects

Added: Jan2020

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 

Updated: Dec19

Culture & Business Fund Scotland promotes collaboration between Scottish arts and heritage organisations and businesses 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 could match the sponsorship £ for £.

Find out more here

Updated: Dec19

The Malloch Society aims to improve the knowledge and awareness of Diptera (two winged flies). They are offering grants to individual entomologists, up to £500. Preference will be given to dipterological research projects in Scotland that would lead to the formal publication of results. Details at: www.mallochsociety.org.uk/malloch-society-bursaries/

Added: Nov19

Peatland Action Fund from Scottish Natural Heritage

The funding primarily supports on-the-ground restoration activities, including peat dam installation and more novel techniques such as peat-hag revegetating. Peatland ACTION offers specialist support and pre-application advice across the country. Please contact us at peatlandaction@nature.scot with your proposed project location.

Updated: Jan2020

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/

Added: Jan2020

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 at http://www.pkc.gov.uk/CECF 

Updated: Jan2020

The Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF) provides funding for community and environmental projects within Scotland. Projects that can be funded include: Restoration of land; community based recycling/re-use/waste prevention; parks and public amenities; biodiversity and maintenance/repair of historic buildings and sites.

Find out more here

Updated: Dec19

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

Updated: Dec19

Volunteering Matters Action Earth empowers people in Scotland to take action and improve their local environment through volunteering.

Grants of between £50 - 250 available to run environmental activities in Scotland’s green spaces. This could include creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds or woodlands.

https://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/project/action-earth/

Added: Nov19


Wales

Community environment projects
The Welsh Government and the National Lottery Fund have opened two new funds for local environmental improvements which will be of particular interest to those working with disadvantaged communities: the National Forest Community Woodland Grant Fund, and the Local Places for Nature Capital Fund. Applications are open until October 2021. 

For more details, click here

Added: Jun2020


The Oakdale Trust is Welsh based, distributing £350,000 pa. Grants average £1000 up to a maximum of £5,000. 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: Dec19


Northern Ireland

Nothing specific to this area currently available.


English Regions: 

East Anglia

Nothing specific to this area currently available.


Midlands

Nothing specific to this area currently available.


North East

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: Dec19


North West

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 2020

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

Updated: Sep19

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/

Updated: Jan2020


South

The Sustainable Communities Fund supports communities to contribute to and be part of the South Downs National Park with grants of up to £10,000 towards non-profit projects.

https://www.southdownstrust.org.uk/scf/

Added: Jan2020

The Volunteer Conservation Fund supports volunteer groups who are working to improve and enhance South Downs National Park with grants of up to £5,000 towards non-profit projects.

https://www.southdownstrust.org.uk/vcf/

Added: Jan2020


South West

Nothing specific to this area currently available.



If you are able to offer grant assistance or know of a source that does and isn't listed on this page please click here to send the details to CJS.

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