Funding focusing on the environment

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Below is a list of ongoing grants focusing on the environment.

Please note: the ongoing grants listed below do not represent all the funds available to groups.

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If you wish to make a key-word search, please click below on the relevant section, then press CTRL + F. In the search box that pops up,  write down the funding body or the name of the grant your are looking for.

 

Please note this page is reviewed monthly. For this reason, please always have a look at the funder’s websites for up-to-date information. If you know of other sources to be included below please email communitysupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk.

Work Place Charging Scheme (WCS)- for Applicants / Deadline: 31 March 2024

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations. Applications may be submitted at any time until 31 March 2024.

Funding for farmers in protected landscapes / Deadline: March 2024

The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme is a part of Defra’s Agricultural Transition Plan. It will offer funding to farmers and land managers in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), National Parks and the Broads. It is not an agri-environment scheme. The programme will fund projects that:

  • support nature recovery
  • mitigate the impacts of climate change
  • provide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and its cultural heritage
  • support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses.

The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme will run until March 2024.

Sea-Changers Grant Programme: deadline 31 March 2024

One-off grants available to charities and other organisations (including schools) carrying out marine conservation related activities. Small grants up to £500 – apply anytime. Main grants £500 – £2,500 have two rounds of funding per year. Next deadline: 31 March 2023.

Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF) / Deadline: 30 June 2024 (capital funding included)

Funding for public bodies, non-government organisations, community groups, charities, individuals and private companies, to support the planting and establishment of large and small trees in urban and peri-urban areas of England. The UTCF provides capital funding to plant and establish trees that are an appropriate size for the setting in which they are planted; be it a street tree or a small community woodland. Grants will fund the planting of trees and the first three years of their care to ensure they can flourish into the future.

The Urban Tree Challenge Fund Round 6 is open for applications. Those wishing to plant trees in 2024/25 (the last year of the fund) must submit their applications by 30 June 2024 (23:59 BST).

Addington Fund - Trustees Discretionary Fund for Disaster Relief

Grants are available for viable farms in England with short-term financial aid during regional or national emergencies. Funding is at the discretion of the trustees. People directly connected to agriculture who live in England and who are experiencing hardship due to exceptional circumstances can apply. These grants aim to help the farming community in times of emergency when hardship prevails. Applications may be submitted at any time.

BA Better World Community Fund (with Crowdfunding)

Grants up to £15,000 are available for charities, community benefit societies and social enterprises in the UK who can raise their initial funding through a crowdfunding campaign to support projects that deliver benefits for climate, communities and nature.

Please note this is a match-funding initiative delivered in partnership with Crowdfunder and thus not a traditional grant scheme (funds awarded are conditional upon applicants first securing crowdfunding via Crowdfunder’s platform).

Biffa Award - Rebuilding Biodiversity

The Biffa Award Rebuilding Biodiversity theme provides grants for conservation projects located within 15 miles of a significant Biffa Group Ltd operation or within 10 miles of a landfill site, with the aim of protecting and enhancing the environment so that it can adapt to threats such as climate change. Grants of £10,000 to £75,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations for community projects that deliver a direct improvement to biodiversity near landfill sites in England. Submissions of Expression of Interest are a rolling basis. The Board meet four times a year (February, May, July and November) to decide which projects to fund.

Broadacres Sustainability Fund

Broadacres new Sustainability Fund aims to support groups and projects that focus on their environment and achieving sustainability with grants of up to £500 available (£1000 in exceptional circumstances). This has been supported by Jewsons’ Partnership Solutions.

They are keen to receive applications from community groups that:

  • Protect or create areas for wildlife
  • Involve tree planting
  • Encourage or enable people in your community to grow their own fruit and / or vegetables
  • Protect or create an outdoor space for your local community to enjoy
  • Any other ideas that have a direct link to sustainability/our environment

Applications are encouraged to be made via local groups such as schools, girl guides / scouts, village hall groups etc. Applications will be reviewed by the Broadacres Sustainability Group at their monthly meeting.

Charity Bank – Green Loan offers

Charity Bank has recently launched two green loan offers rewarding charities and social enterprises for using loan finance to buy or build an energy-efficient building or to improve the energy efficiency of their existing property.

  • With the Energy Improvements Loan offer, borrowers can make energy improvements to their existing building without paying a loan arrangement fee
  • With the Sustainable Buildings Loan offer, borrowers can get £1000 or £2000 cashback when they buy or build an energy-efficient building.

For further information please contact Regional Manager, Jeremy Ince on 07787 575023 jince@charitybank.org

The Chestnut Fund

Grants are available to encourage and enable independent community conservation groups that are part of the The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) Community Network to carry out conservation activities. The grants fall into two categories:

  • Start-up grants of up to £160
  • Support grants of up to £350.

Small groups that carry out practical conservation work in their local community can apply. Applications may be made at any time and will be considered every six weeks.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Chargepoint Grant for Landlords

Funding is available to install electric vehicle chargepoints as a landlord, social housing provider or property factor. Charities managing or owning residential property are also eligible to apply. The grant covers up to 75% of the cost to buy and install a chargepoint socket, limited to £350 per grant. Some chargepoints may have more than one socket. There is no stipulated deadline for applications to be submitted.

England and Wales Cricket Board - County Grants Fund

Grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are available to support ECB affiliated cricket clubs in England and Wales with creating welcoming environments, providing enhanced facilities and playing opportunities, and tackling the impact of climate change. Clubs may apply for up to one grant per ECB budget year (1 February to 31 January) but will not be able to apply for a second grant for the same project before 2025. The grants are used to help clubs meet the cost of purchasing relevant products or materials, and associated professional labour costs. Applications may be made at any time.

England Woodland Creation Partnerships (WCP) Grants

Grants, incentives and other support are available for woodland creation by farmers, landowners/managers and community groups, as part of the England Woodland Creation Partnerships. There is no set deadline. Applications are made online. For more details, contact the Forestry Commission for England.

Environmental Funders Network – Rapid Response Fund

Grants are available for groups and organisations in the UK to provide a mechanism for quick responses to unexpected crises and opportunities with potentially significant environmental outcomes. The maximum grant available is £25,000 and the average amount awarded is £10,000. Applications from environmental groups concerning all green issues will be considered. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are reviewed by a small advisory group of funders.

Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust (Capital funding included)

Grants are available to registered charities for charitable work in the field of wildlife and environmental conservation. The levels of funding are:

  • Small grants of up to £3,000
  • Medium grants of between £3,001 and £10,000
  • Large grants of £10,001 and over.

The grants can be used for start-up costs, core costs or for a specific project for which applicants have requested support. This could include a contribution towards a building/refurbishment project, purchase of specialist equipment or other similar capital expenditure, or assistance with running costs. Small grant applications can be submitted at any time. For medium and large grants please check the website for key dates.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation – Our Natural World

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation launched a new strategy with three key impact goals by 2030:

  • Preserved and improved species health and habitats
  • Sustainable and ethical food
  • Clean and healthy freshwater

The Foundation will be providing larger and longer-term grants of over £30,000, as well as social investments of between £100,000 and £2 million to charities or initiatives with ideas working towards these aims. Apply anytime. The Foundation assesses expressions of interest, and make funding decisions, on a rolling basis.

The Friends of Nidderdale AONB Countryside Fund

A Fund for local wildlife and heritage projects in the AONB, including schemes to enhance or improve the natural and built environment, develop countryside skills, educate, or provide/improve visitor services. The Fund is open to applications from individuals, organisations and businesses. Up to £2,000 is available per project, although larger projects will be considered in exceptional circumstances. Trustee assess  applications at meetings held at the beginning of January, March, May, July, September, and November. Apply any time.

HDH Wills Charitable Trust

Grants are available to support registered charities that are concerned with the preservation of wildlife and the environment. The Trust has three funds:

  • General Grants: supports smaller charities with general charitable activities across a range of issues as well as charities focusing on the conservation of wildlife and the environment
  • Martin Wills Wildlife Maintenance Trust grants: supports the conservation and maintenance – for the benefit of the public – of the natural environment and its indigenous woodland flora and fauna with particular reference to the conservation and maintenance of the character and amenity of rural areas
  • Large Grants: supports activities pertaining to environmental and wildlife issues only. (These grants are offered in fixed seven-year cycles, of which only two years are open to external applications.

Applications for general grants may be submitted at any time, with decisions being made by the Grants Committee every month. Large grants are made in a fixed seven-year cycle, with applications accepted in only two years of that cycle. The next time large grants applications will be accepted is from January 2023 to December 2024.

Nidderdale AONB Greenhow Enhancement Fund

Grants are available for individuals, businesses, parish councils, local authorities and community groups for projects intended to enhance the landscape and biodiversity of the land surrounding the Pateley Bridge Quarry near Greenhow in the Nidderdale AONB. The amount of funding awarded to projects is at the discretion of the Trustees. A total of £10,000 in grants is available each year. Grant payments are typically paid in arrears. Applications are accepted from anyone seeking funding for an eligible project in the local area. Priority will be given to applications from the four Parishes surrounding the Pateley Bridge Quarry: Bewerley, Thornthwaite with Padside, Dacre and Thruscross. Applications can be made at any time and will be taken to the next Trustee meeting for a decision.

The Nineveh Charitable Trust

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations and schools in the UK for a broad range of projects and activities that promote a better understanding of the countryside. The Trust sets an informal limit of £500,000 per year for distributing as grant aid. Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Trustees. UK registered charities and community interest companies can apply. All proposals should meet the Trust’s current charitable aims:

  • The health, welfare and education of the general public
  • The study and appreciation of agriculture, silviculture, ecology and land management
  • The study and appreciation of land and estate management that encourages conservation of the countryside.

Applications can be made at any time and will be considered four times a year.

Rural Community Buildings Loan Fund

Loans are available to community groups to help with the maintenance, improvement and construction of community buildings in rural areas across England. Applications are accepted from community groups and village hall committees in rural England. Loans should be for a freehold or leasehold property with a minimum of 21 years left on the agreement. Alternative arrangements can be considered, provided security of tenure can be clearly demonstrated. Loans can be used towards:

  • Constructing a new community-owned building, including through the Community Right to Build powers
  • Purchasing an existing building for use by the community, including through the Community Right to Bid powers
  • Extending, renovating or improving an existing community-owned building.

Applications can be made at any time.

SASC Bridge Finance

Loans are available to organisations working in disadvantaged communities in the UK who want to engage with and deliver projects in the low carbon energy sector that will create social impact within local communities. Flexible secured loans of between £1 million and £15 million are available. To apply, eligible organisations must:

  • Be based in the UK
  • Be a community interest company, community benefit society or have objects primarily concerned with the provision of benefits to society
  • Have a project between £500,000 and £15 million that will generate measurable social impact
  • Have strong management and governance.

Apply any time.

Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund (with Crowdfunding)

Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations in the UK who can raise their initial funding through a crowdfunding campaign for projects that protect and restore nature in their local communities.The first step is for applicants to set up a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder. Campaigns typically run for 28 days but take a few weeks to create so groups should allow about six weeks in total.

The Spark Fund - Low carbon R&D grants

Grants of up to £50,000 available for small or medium sized organisations looking to invest in a greener future. A SparkFund Low Carbon grant could allow you to explore ways to:

  • Use less raw materials
  • Use fewer components
  • Use less packaging
  • Make your product smaller or lighter
  • Reduce carbon within your supply chain
  • Incorporate recycled materials
  • Capture the value in your waste materials
  • Use less energy
  • Meet targets for lowering emissions

The Southall Trust

Grants are available for charities in the UK working in the fields of environmental action and sustainability; social action; peace and reconciliation; and Quaker work. Most grants are between £1,000 and £5,000 for one year. The Trust gives grants for capital and revenue funding. However, generally speaking, the Trust does not fund ongoing running costs where there seems to be no demonstration of the project or organisation’s sustainability. Multi-year funding of up to three years may be available for charities that the Trust has previously supported. Applications may be submitted at any time. Larger grant requests will be considered twice a year at the trustees’ meetings in March and November.

Waterloo Foundation - Environment Programme

Grants are available for projects that can help mitigate the damaging effects that humans are having on the environment. The fund has two main themes: marine and tropical rainforests. The majority of grants in this programme will be for a total of £50,000 to £100,000. Applications are welcomed from registered charities and organisations with projects that have a recognisable charitable purpose.

Annual deadlines for the Marine programme: 1 March and 1 September. Annual deadlines for the Tropical Rainforests programme: 1 June and 1 December.

W F Southall Trust (Capital funding included)

Grants are available for charities working in the fields of environmental action and sustainability; social action; peace and reconciliation; and Quaker work. Most grants are between £1,000 and £5,000 for one year. Multi-year funding of up to three years may be available for charities that the Trust has previously supported. A few large grants are available but are normally for Quaker-based causes. Funding is available for capital and revenue costs associated with work that that addresses at least one of the specified areas. Applications may be submitted at any time.

Woodland Trust Tree Packs

Free trees packs are available to schools nurseries, colleges, universities and outdoor learning centres, community groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, Scouts and Guides for planting on an area that is accessible to the public are. You should also make sure your local community are aware of your plans and are happy for you to go ahead. Two delivery periods per year, one in March and the other in November.