CSGN Funding

Many thanks to Paul Sizeland at Lothians & Fife Green Network Partnership for sending us this excellent round-up of useful grant sources for environmental / biodiversity related activities. Some of these opportunities have deadlines very soon, good luck with your applications.

Supporting International Biodiversity (UK)

The Department for the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced that funding applications are currently being invited for Fellowships and Scoping awards under the Darwin initiative.

The Darwin Initiative’s main aim is to support bio-diversity projects in developing countries.  Through the Scoping Awards, the Darwin Initiative offers one-off funding of up to £5,000 for travel costs to enable prospective partners to collaboratively develop a Darwin project application. The purpose is to ensure that more organisations with biodiversity expertise have the chance to apply for Darwin project funding, by enabling less well-resourced organisations to develop project applications.  Darwin Fellowships are targeted at promising members of recent or current Darwin Initiative projects who are from countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources. Drawing on expertise in biodiversity, the programme aims to give Fellows the opportunity to broaden their skills in biodiversity, typically by working towards formal qualifications or by developing policy skills.  There are no restrictions on the location or nationality of applicants. That is, there is no longer a requirement for the lead or any of the partner organisations to be from the UK. However, organisations applying for funding from the Darwin Initiative must have a credible record of undertaking activities in a similar field.

The closing date for applications for both the scoping awards and the fellowships is the 3rd February 2014.

More details on the Supporting International Biodiversity (UK) fund.

Coastal Communities Fund (UK)

The Big Fund has announced that the third and final round of the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) will open for applications in January 2014.

The Coastal Communities Fund, which is financed through the Crown Estate's Marine activities, will provide grants in excess of £50,000 per project to support the economic development of a wide range of projects including those that support charities, the environment, education and health. Within the UK a total of £27 million is available.

The fund is open to applications from a wide range of organisations including:

  • Charities
  • Voluntary and community sector organizations
  • Social enterprises
  • Local authorities
  • Development agencies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Local enterprise partnerships in England
  • Private sector companies.

Since the start of the CCF in 2012 the Big Fund has awarded grants to 62 organisations across the UK to the value of £32 million.  Projects supported include a grant of £2 million to establish a national tourism academy in Bournemouth and a grant of £800,000 to expand the North York Moors heritage railway service.

The deadlines for stage one applications during 2014 will be:

  • England – February 2014 (date to be confirmed)
  • Wales - 4 March 2014
  • Northern Ireland - 24 March 2014
  • Scotland - 24 March 2014

More details on the Coastal Communities (UK) Fund

Carnegie Challenge (UK)

The Carnegie UK Trust has announced that it is offering up to ten not-for-profit organisations from the UK and Ireland the opportunity to win grants worth £3,000 to hold inspiring debates on how to improve people’s wellbeing. 

The Carnegie UK Trust has been arguing that focusing on delivering economic growth as the sole indicator of social prosperity is flawed. Instead, the Trust believes the time is right for the UK and Ireland to shift its emphasis from economic production to improving people’s lives more broadly. 

  • The Carnegie Challenge aims to support events around the UK and Ireland that:
  • Will deepen understanding of what influences individual and societal wellbeing
  • Explore how best to measure wellbeing and how this can be used to shape policy and practice
  • Or examine what practical steps can be taken by third sector organisations and governments to improve wellbeing. 

Previous debates funded by the challenge include:

Friends of the Earth Scotland (Just Banking) a conference that challenged the current banking system, and asked how it can be made to better serve the interests of society.

The Rural Media Company (Same But Different Conference) which challenged the simplistic notion of the rural as ‘homogenous’ and ‘a good place to live’. 

There will be three funding rounds in 2014 and the next closing date for applications is the 13th January 2014.

More details on the Carnegie Challenge (UK)

Ordnance Survey Announces GeoVationsChallenge (UK)

Entrepreneurs, developers, community groups, innovators, etc have the opportunity to apply for a share of £100,000 though the Ordnance Survey latest Geovation Challenge.

The challenge encourages individuals and groups to submit great geography, technology and design-based ideas, which will help remove the barriers to people engaging in active lifestyles, particularly focusing on activities which take part in open spaces. The £100,000 development fund will be offered to four entries for best use of its data including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace; together with other open data sources. 

The deadline for applications is the 8th January 2014.

We mentioned this fund recently on our website, contact us if we can help support your idea

Woodroffe Benton Foundation (UK)

The Woodroffe Benton Foundation has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grant making programme is the 24th December 2013. 

Through its grants programme, charities and any educational institutions (schools, universities, etc.) can apply for grants  of £250 to £2,000 for projects under the following categories:

  • Relief of persons in need, hardship or distress by reason of disaster or as a consequence of social or economic circumstance
  • Provision/Maintenance of care and accommodation for the sick and elderly
  • Promotion of education - in particular within the Derbyshire region
  • Environmental Conservation/Preservation/Protection/Improvement - in particular where this would encourage the provision of access by members of the general public.

More details on the Woodroffe Benton Foundation (UK)

Youth Groups Invited to Grow Wild (Scotland)

Youth Scotland has announced that youth groups are invited to apply for grants of £500 to £5000 from Grow Wild to create exciting transformational wild flower sites in their local area. Smaller Young Grow Wild grants are also available of up to £100 for youth groups.  Grow Wild is providing funding to Scottish groups and communities to use native wildflowers and plants to create a space for everyone to enjoy.  Grow Wild projects can include an unloved area that organisations want to reclaim for their local community or perhaps somewhere that's a bit neglected or run-down and applicants want to turn it into an inspiring space for everyone; etc. Grow Wild is looking to support projects that everyone will love and use. The project is particularly looking for community ideas which involve young people.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday the 14th January 2014.

More details on the Grow Wild (Scotland) Fund

Innovative Geography Teaching Grants (UK)

The Royal Geographical Society is a learned society with the aim of advancing geographical science and supporting its practitioners. One of the Society’s key aims is to enhance the teaching and learning of geography in schools. The Society works on behalf of schools providing activities, training, advice and resources. Their main focus is on 12 to 19-year-olds in schools and colleges. Teachers that have an innovative idea for promoting the teaching of Geography in stimulating way are able to apply for an Innovative Geography Teaching grant from the Royal Society. The grant is open to all geography teachers working in secondary schools and aims to enhance pupils’ geography education in a stimulating way. The Society provides two grants of £1,000 each year.

The next application deadline is the 15th February 2014.

More details on the Innovative Geography Teaching Grants

Free Trees for School, Community and Youth Groups (UK)

The Woodland Trust has 4000 free tree packs to give away to schools, community and youth groups this autumn. The free tree packs are available for planting on one publicly accessible site. Each pack is worth £30, £105 or £420. All applicants need to do is find a suitable site and supply the volunteer planters and tree protection. Pre-school, school, college and university groups interested in a small pack of 30 trees should head straight over to the school pack page.

Applications can be made up to the 9th January 2014.

More details on Free Trees for School, Community and Youth Groups

CVS Action Earth Grants 2013 (Scotland)

CSV Action Earth which aims to empower people in Scotland to make a positive difference to the quality of their lives has announced that it is running two grant schemes in 2013 which are looking to increase numbers of volunteers on locally based environmental projects. These are the CSV Action Earth Awards which offer grants of £250 for projects who are providing or improving habitats for wildlife, enhancing local nature spots and getting communities volunteering together; and the CSV Local Nature Reserve Awards which offers grants of up to £500 exclusively for projects taking place on Local Nature Reserves (LNR). Grants will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

More details on CVS Action Earth Grants 2013