Funding round up

Many thanks to SNH 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.

Climate change fund update

Substantial funding available for financial year 2015, but funding for 2013 and 2014 financial years almost exhausted.

Keep Scotland Beautiful advises community groups planning to submit a Climate Challenge Fund application for consideration at grant panels from June 2014 onwards to plan for a one year project with a start date of April 2015 and to submit their application as soon as possible.

Please see the Climate Challenge Fund website for a more detailed funding update.

Funding for Summer Playschemes (UK)

The Hilden Charitable Fund has announced that its Summer Playscheme Grants Programme is now open for applications.
The aim of the scheme is to help community groups run Summer Playschemes for the benefit of children from refugee and ethnic minority families. Funding of between £500 and £1,500 is available for Summer Playschemes for children aged 5 - 18 years lasting for 2 - 6 weeks with strong volunteer support. The funding is available to voluntary agencies with an income of less than £120,000. Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show BME involvement.

The closing date for applications is the 15th March 2014. For more information please visit the Hilden Charitable Fund website.

Scottish Recycling Fund

The Scottish Recycling Fund (SRF) is a limited fund (£3.8M over 3 years) that has been established by Zero Waste Scotland and Scottish Enterprise to develop or expand:

  • sorting, reuse / repair and reprocessing capacity for eligible waste materials in Scotland
  • remanufacturing facilities in Scotland

Waste materials eligible for the fund:

Plastics,Tyres,Textiles,Glass,Industrial food & drink processing waste, Waste electrical and electronic equipment, Plasterboard

Some simple examples of eligible projects are as follows:

  • Separation and reprocessing of plastic from waste electrical equipment into new products
  • Enhancing reprocessing of plasterboard to produce recycled material suitable for inclusion in plasterboard products or other applications (such as road surfaces)
  • Setting up a WEEE reuse and repair facility
  • Installing an anaerobic digestion facility at a dairy to process the effluent and generate renewable energy
  • Developing a new remanufacturing facility for diesel engines

For more information about the Scottish Recycling fund please visit the Zero Waste Scotland website.

Start and Grow (Scotland)

The Foundation Scotland has announced that next deadline for applications to "Start and Grow" is the 30th April 2014.
Start & Grow is the first investment package offered by Resilient. Start & Grow is primarily a loan package with an element of grant funding, to support the development and growth of both new and existing social and environmental organisations in 13 local authorities ( Clackmannanshire, Dundee City, East Ayrshire, City of Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, North Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian). Organisations can apply for investment packages ranging from £10,000 to £60,000 and the funds can be used to finance revenue or capital costs, including first asset purchases, wages, refurbishment, set up and running costs.

For more information please visit the Foundation Scotland website.

The Big Lottery Fund Announces New £30 Million Environment Fund (UK)

The Big Lottery Fund announced a new funding programme, Our Environment Our Future. This UK-wide £30 million investment is set to support projects enabling young people (aged 11-24) to improve their local environment and increase their employability through learning new skills. 
The Big Lottery Fund is now seeking a UK-wide strategic partner to coordinate this new funding programme which opens to applications next year. Our Environment Our Future will see the Big Lottery Fund bring together, for the first time, two core areas of its investment - environment and young people. One of the key objectives of the programme will be to support projects that enable young people across the UK to participate and take the lead in the growing green economy. The £30 million available will fund a number of individual projects (25-35) across the UK to scale-up or replicate.

The deadline is the 16 May 2014 for organisations to apply for the role of UK-wide strategic partner and more information is accessible at the Big Lottery Fund website.

Trees for Communities and Schools (UK)

The Tree Council, the lead tree campaigning charity working to promote the importance of trees within the changing environment, has announced that Trees for Communities and Trees for Schools grant making programmes are now open for applications.
Funds are available for community groups and schools within the UK who are able to show that children under the age of 16 will be actively engaged in tree planting projects during National Tree Week 2013 (29th November to 1st December 2014). The Tree Council can fund projects between £100 and £700 and successful applicants will receive up to 75% towards their planting costs.

The closing date for applications is the 31st March 2014. For more information please visit the Tree Council website.