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Many thanks again 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.

Canoe Foundation (UK)

The Canoe Foundation has announced that the next closing date for applications for its grants is the 3rd February 2014.
The Canoe Foundation makes grants to support or promote paddlesport with a specific focus on young people and/or people with a disability. The funding is available to not-for-profit organisations, charities, clubs, schools and other interest groups based in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. The Small Grants Panel has a budget of £25,000 per year and usually awards grants of up to £1,000. However, in exceptional circumstances the Small Grants Panel may award up to a maximum of £2,000.

Larger grants (anything above £2,000) and those which fall into the other key areas:

• Places
• Heritage
• International

These are decided on by the Charity's Trustees. More details on the Canoe Foundation website

Climate Challenge Fund

Keep Scotland Beautiful encourages community groups applying for CCF funding for consideration at grant panels from June 2014 onwards to submit applications for one year projects with a start date of April 2015. Substantial funding is still available for the 2015 financial year following the Scottish Government announcement that an additional £10.3 million would be made available to continue the Fund for a further year until March 2016.

Since the launch of the CCF in 2008, 635 community group projects have been awarded grants totalling more than £54.7 million. Independent charity Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and is proud to have supported so many community groups in their applications and project implementation.

For more information visit the Keep Scotland Beautiful website.

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.

People's Postcode Trust Small Grants Programme (Scotland, Wales and North of England)

The People's Postcode Trust has announced that its small grants programme is open for applications and will close on the 21st February 2014. Through its small grants programme, the People's Postcode Trust offers grants of between £500 and £10,000 to small organisations and community groups for projects lasting up to 6 months in the areas of Poverty Prevention; Advancement of Health; Community Development; Public Sports; Human Rights; and Environmental Protection.

Previous projects supported include:

• Birkenhead YMCA which received a grant of £6,271 to set up a community garden project for homeless people;
• and the Moray Art Centre which received a grant of £2,000 to run a play therapy group for children with autism.

Eligible regions for this funding round will be Scotland, Wales and the North of England. For more details visit the People's Postcode Trust website

Scotmid Grants (Scotland)

The Scotmid Co-operative is offering small grants to assist and support community projects and initiatives throughout Scotland.

Last year Scotmid awarded grants totaling £235,000 to organisations ranging from parent and toddler groups to national campaigns. Funding is concentrated on the areas of:

• Children/education
• Community Groups
• Active Lifestyles
• Environment
• The Elderly
• Homelessness
• Fairtrade
• Arts & Culture
• Charity.

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be a group or individual acting for the wider benefit of the local Community; and live within the geographic boundaries of one of Scotmid Regional Committees. Applicants can be submitted at any time. For more information visit the Scotmid Co-operative website.

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. For more information visit the Defra website.