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This is a useful round-up of grant sources for environmental / biodiversity related activities. Some of the following opportunities have deadlines very soon, good luck with your applications.

2014 Communities

2014 Communities will fund projects that will achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • More people take part in physical activity
  • More people volunteer in physical activity
  • More people and communities are brought together through taking part or volunteering in physical activity.

2014 Communities offers grants of between £300 and £2,000

Who can apply?

  • local sports clubs
  • voluntary and community organisations
  • community councils
  • schools

 For more information please visit the Big Lottery Fund Website.

Climate Change Fund

Substantial funding is available for financial year 2015.

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.

For more information please visit the Climate Challenge Fund website. 

CSGN Orchards Grant Scheme

The CSGN Orchard Grant aims to provide funding for landowners, land managers, communities or other organisations to establish, manage and use small scale orchards, and to help with managing existing traditional orchards.

The Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme 2014 / 2015 is open to all groups and individuals in the Central Scotland Green Network area, as long as they can demonstrate wider community involvement in the design, creation and management of the project, and can provide evidence of landowner approval.

Grants of between £100 and £500 are available for designing and creating new orchards, managing traditional or other existing orchards, enhancing orchard biodiversity, and developing orchards as a learning ground.

The application deadline is on 29 September 2014. For more information please visit the Forth Valley's Orchards website.

CSGN Orchard Futures Fund

The CSGN Orchard Futures Fund aims to halt the decline in the Scottish orchard sector and help it grow again by creating new opportunities for sustainable orchard business growth and working in collaboration with the component elements of the sector.

The scheme is administered by Forth Environment Link (FEL) and funded by the CSGN Development Fund, in partnership with the Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.

The Orchard Futures Fund aims to encourage the development of new business ideas. Priority will be given to business ideas that seek to involve the wider community, in addition to generating economic and environmental benefits.

The fund will make a total of £15,000 available to encourage the development of new business ideas that will help develop the orchard sector.

The application deadline is on Monday 30 June 2014 at midnight. For more information visit the Forth Valley's Orchards website.

CSV Action Earth - Grab a Grant

CSV’s Action Earth campaign is helping to get people and communities busy outdoors. They have grants to give to groups of volunteers who are carrying out environmental projects in Scotland. The campaign runs from April to February each year.

Grants from £50 to £250 are available for practical activities that involve volunteers in improving outdoor spaces or creating habitats for wildlife. Grants can be used to purchase plants, tools and materials or to cover volunteer expenses.

If you have any questions contact Robert Henderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0131 222 9083 / 622 7766.

For more information please visit the Action Earth website.  

Cycle Friendly & Sustainable Communities Fund

The purpose of the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund (CFSCF) is to support groups to encourage cycling in their community and to deliver a sustainable cycling project.

Projects will support and deliver an increase in trips by bike. Reducing single occupancy car use and increasing active travel options will result in reduced local transport related carbon emissions and increased health and wellbeing of the community.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 5pm on Monday 2nd June 2014.

For more information about the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund please visit the Cycling Scotland Website.

EDF Burnfoot Hill Community Fund

The Fund is provided by EDF Energy Renewables, the developer of the Burnfoot Hill Wind Farm. It benefits the Community Council areas of Alva, Dollar and Tillicoultry in Clackmannanshire and Blackford and the hamlet of Glendevon in Perth and Kinross.  The annual fund value will be approximately £30,000 per year

The Fund will provide grants to support charitable activities that:

  • Enhance quality of life for local residents.
  • Contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities.
  • Promote community spirit and encourage community activity.

The application deadline is on 16 September 2014. For more information please visit the Foundations Scotland website.

Falck Renewables Earlsburn Community Fund

The Falck Renewables' Earlsburn Community Fund is a charitable Fund to benefit residents of the areas served by the Carron Valley & District, Cambusbarron and Denny & District Community Council areas.

The Fund will provide grants to support charitable activities that:

  • Enhance quality of life for local residents.
  • Contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities.
  • Promote community spirit and encourage community activity.

The application deadline is on 16 September 2014. For more information please visit the Foundations Scotland website.

Landfill Communities Fund

This is a Government initiative which was introduced to reduce the impact of landfill sites on neighbouring communities by funding local environmental projects.

The aim of the scheme is to enable landfill operators to support various types of environmental projects by donating up to 6.8 per cent of their landfill tax liability to Environmental Bodies (EBs) in return for a 90% tax credit. The scheme therefore encourages partnerships between landfill operators, their local communities and the voluntary and public sectors.

For more information please visit the Land Trust website.

Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund

The Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund supports the Scottish Government’s legacy ambitions for the Commonwealth Games to encourage more people to be active and take part in sport. Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available for a very wide range of community-led projects such as new bike or skate parks, outdoor adventure facilities, walking routes, or new projects within school estates. (For projects that require funding of less than £10,000 please apply to Awards for All.) In total, £10 million is available until 2015.

Closing dates for application are: Round 4 – 1 July 2014 Round 5 – 1 February 2015

For more information please visit the Sports Scotland website.

Peatland Action

As lead advisor to the Scottish Government on peatland restoration Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) was allocated a further £5 million from the Green Stimulus Package    for spend in 2014/15. This is in addition to the £1.7 million received in 2012. SNH has made excellent progress in delivery of the project - recently re-named 'Peatland Action'- which aims to:

  • restore and manage peatlands to maintain carbon stores and encourage carbon sequestration (with 2500 ha peatland restoration by March 2015);
  • restore peatland ecosystem functions;
  • enhance ecosystem resilience to climate change; and
  • build peatland restoration capacity and understanding amongst land managers, contractors, advisors and the public.

The next deadline for new applications is 11 June 2014. For more information please visit the SNH website.