Our guide to funders that specialise in the environment, including conservation, open spaces, animal welfare and climate change.
As with any charitable project, it’s worth considering the funders that will fund a wide variety of projects.
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Amey Community Fund
Grants of £10,000 to £100,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations for a variety of projects including “The provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or other general public amenity”, and “The conservation of a specific species or a specific habitat where it naturally occurs”. Projects must be within 10 miles of an active landfill site, and applicants must be able to contribute 11% of the value of the grant. The next deadline is 7 December 2020.
Mick George Community Fund
Grants from £10,000 to £50,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations for capital improvement works to public amenity projects including village greens, nature reserves and country parks. Projects must be within 10 miles of a Mick George Landfill site (check the map here), and applicants must be able to contribute 11% of the value of the grant. Upcoming deadlines are 3 March and 25 August 2021.
Biffa Award – Rebuilding Biodiversity
Grants of £10,000 to £75,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations that deliver a direct improvement to biodiversity. The project site must be within 15 miles of a significant Biffa operation and within 10 miles of any licensed landfill site (not necessarily owned by Biffa Group Limited). Projects can support a variety of living things, including all species of plants and animals and the natural systems/habitats that support them. Work can include habitat improvement works, tree surgery, scrub removal, and the purchase of plants, seeds and trees, but not research costs. Ideally projects will have a strong element of public access or inclusion such as volunteer involvement. Applicants require a third-party contributor for 10% of the total grant that is being requested.
FCC Community Action Fund
FCC Communities Foundation (formerly WREN) offers grants from £2,000 to £100,000 to registered charities, parish and town councils, local authorities and sports clubs for projects for the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or another public amenity. Projects must be based within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility, and applicants must be able to contribute 11% of the value of the grant. There are four rounds per year; the next one closes 2 December 2020.
Postcode Local Trust
Grants up to £20,000 are available registered charities (up to £2,000 for other types of non-profit organisations) for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, in Great Britain that improve green spaces, increase community access to outdoor space, or support renewable energy and flood prevention. The fund opens for two weeks, four times a year. Keep an eye on the website for the 2021 dates.
Fenland DC – Glassmoor Local Environment Fund
Grants are available to non-profit groups for projects which enhance or protect the environment and allow local people to learn within a five kilometre radius of the Glassmoor wind turbine. Priority will be given to projects within Whittlesey, Eastrea, Coates, Ramsey Mereside or Pondersbridge. Suitable projects will address issues such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, wildlife, waste and sustainable materials.
Fenland DC – Ransonmoor Community Fund
Grants of up to £5,000 are available along the same criteria as the Whitemmill fund, above, for groups in Benwick, Doddington and Wimblington. The next deadline is 28 February 2021.
Fenland DC – Whitemill Environment Fund
Grants are available to non-profit groups in Coldham, Friday Bridge, Elm and Rings End that wish to make improvements in their community that will have an environmental and educational benefit. Suitable themes include energy and water efficiency, renewable energy, wildlife, waste, transport and sustainable materials. The closing date is 29 January 2021.
Chapman Charitable Trust
Grants from £1,000 to £2,000 are available to registered charities that support wellbeing, the natural environment and the arts. The next deadline is 28 February 2021.
D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Grants from £500 to £5,000 for UK registered charities delivering projects on various themes including improvement or protection of the environment.
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
“Improving our natural world” is one of three themes for this fund, with three key impact goals: preserved and improved species health and habitats, clean and healthy freshwater, and sustainable and ethical food. The Foundation has awarded grants ranging from £2,000 to £1.5m for charitable projects (but not capital costs) in the UK. Organisations must have a regular turnover of at least £100,000.
Garfield Weston Foundation
The nine themes for this foundation include the environment, “from practical conservation to education work and volunteering.” A range of charitable organisations can apply, but not individuals, CICs or local authorities. Regular grants are up to £100,000, with Major Grants over £100,000 for organisations with an annual income over £1m.
Registered charities can apply for funding for the preservation of wildlife and the environment. There are two grant schemes offering £250 to £500 and £1,000 to £2,000. The large grant scheme (£5,000 to £50,000) is closed until January 2023.
Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust
Grants are available to UK animal welfare charities for activities that benefit and protect animals, relieve the suffering of animals, address the conservation of wildlife or encourage a greater understanding of animals. The next deadline is 15 January 2021.
John Ellerman Foundation
Grants of at least £10,000 for small to medium-sized charities in the UK working in three themes including the environment. This has two sub-themes: protecting the seas, and creating richer, more sustainable places on land. The guidance goes on to say, “Building healthier ecosystems in urban or rural settings, through better management of these areas; experimenting with or linking together habitats; large-scale interventions that help restore places of special significance. We will also support work to reduce or prevent damaging effects of human activity, such as climate change, air pollution or pesticide use.”
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Sustainable Future Programme
Grants are available for charitable projects at a national level that develop and promote sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm. Its four themes are Better Economics, Beyond Consumerism, New Voices and Responding to the dual harms of Covid-19 and systemic racism. The next deadline is 30 November 2020.
Lush Charity Pot
The high street cosmetic retailer’s charitable fund gives grants from £100 to £10,000 to non-profit organisations working in animal protection, human rights or the environment. Organisations must have an income under £250,000 and be predominantly run by volunteers. There is no deadline and decisions are normally given in eight to 12 weeks.
Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation
Grants of £5,000 to £20,000 per year for up to three years for UK registered charities with an annual income between £10,000 and £500,000 to promote environmental sustainability. The Foundation supports work that addresses the pressures and conditions that risk global environmental breakdown. Support is only available for practical projects when they are clearly of a pioneering nature, with potential for influencing UK national policy. The next deadline is 5 February 2021.
Steel Charitable Trust
Grants of £2,500 to £25,000 for UK registered charities and CICs for projects under five themes including the environment. Revenue, core and capital costs are supported, and applications are reviewed quarterly. The next deadline is 20 January 2021.
The Nineveh Charitable Trust
Grants are available to registered charities, CICs and schools for projects that promote a better understanding of the countryside.
Tree Council – Branching Out Fund
Grants of £300 to £1,500 are available to schools and community groups for conduct tree- and hedge-planting projects, preferably during National Tree Week. Proposals must include active educational engagement of children and young people, up the age of 21. Projects must be completed by 31 March 2021.
W F Southall Trust
Grants up to £5,000 are available to UK registered charities for projects under various themes including environmental action and sustainability.
Woodroffe Benton Foundation
Grants of £500 to £2,500 for UK registered charities for projects under various themes including Environmental conservation, preservation, protection and improvement – in particular where this would encourage the provision of access by members of the general public. Applications are considered quarterly.
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