Funding round up

We would like to thank SNH for their input to this 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.

Call for European Cultural Foundation 2014 Idea Camp (UK)

Individuals, collectives or organisations working in the arts and cultural sector, as well as in other fields such as education, environment, trade and industry, health and social care, and human rights, are invited to submit an innovative, daring idea for cross-sectoral collaboration that engages Europeans in re-defining and shaping "public space".

The 50 most viable and innovative ideas will be chosen to be presented at ECF's first annual Idea Camp, which will be co-hosted by Les Têtes de l'Art and take place in Marseilles between 23 and 25 October 2014 (arrival in Marseilles on 22 October).

ECF will cover all the travel and accommodation costs associated with the event for a maximum of one representative for each idea. Following the Idea Camp, participants will be invited to submit a concrete plan for further research or investigation of their ideas. A total of 25 proposals will be selected and rewarded with a grant up to a maximum € 10,000 to enable the research and development of, for example, business plans, concrete project proposals, prototypes, research papers, media reports, etc. Applicants can represent the private, public or social sector, and they should be based or active in wider Europe.

The deadline for submitting your ideas is 15 July 2014. For more information visit the European Cultural Foundation website

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 closing date for the last funding round is 14 July 2014. For more information please visit the Carnagie Trust 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.

Community Food and Health's Annual Development Fund (Scotland)

Community Food and Health Scotland (CFHS) has announced that its Annual Development Fund (formerly known as the small grant scheme) re-opened for applications on 13 June 2014.

Grants from £500 to £3,000 will be available to groups and agencies who would like to tackle one or more of the barriers to healthy eating, such as affordability or availability, and the negative impact of culture and lack of food skills.

CFHS welcome applications from groups or agencies working with and within low-income communities throughout Scotland.

Projects funded in the past include:

  • Carrick Academy MC2/Maybole Youth Club who received a grant of £3,327.82 for growing, healthy eating and green gym project.
  • North Perth Community School which received a grant of £1448.00 for a cooking skills project.

For more information please visit the Community Food and Health Scotland 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.

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.

For more information please visit the Action Earth 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.

Forest Education Initiative – Project Grants (Scotland)

The Forest Education Initiative Project Grants specifically to support the work of local groups known as Forest Education Initiative (FEI) clusters.
Through the scheme, grants of up to £5,000 are available . The aim of the scheme is to support the work of FEI Cluster Groups working in local communities to promote the overall objectives of FEI. These are to increase the understanding and appreciation, particularly among young people, of the environmental, social, and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forests and of the link between the tree and everyday wood products. These aim to help develop among young people a greater understanding of trees, woodlands, forest management, forest products and wood as a sustainable resource. There will be two or three bidding rounds each year depending on availability of funding. Only FEI Cluster Groups that are accredited can apply to the fund.

The next deadline for applications is 01 October 2014. For more information please visit the Forest Education Initiative (FEI) website.

Funding for Community Health Walks (Scotland)

Community-based projects in Scotland can get grants of between £5,000 and £30,000 to deliver volunteer-led health walks that get more people physically active.
There is £100,000 funding available for 2014-15 and priority will be given to projects that encourage people at any stage of life to walk more and demonstrate that they are tackling health inequalities. Projects can focus on one target group e.g. older adults, or can target a range of groups, young mums, workplaces, minority ethnic groups, etc.

There is no deadline for applications and all applications will be assessed until the entire fund has been allocated. Before applying, projects should be discussed with the Development Officer for your area. Larger grants will require 50% match funding. For more information please visit the Paths For All website

Funding for Environmental Projects (UK)

Patagonia, the clothing and outdoor gear company, has announced that it is seeking applications for funding through its Environmental Grants Programme.
The company is most interested in making grants to organisations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. The company is seeking to support small, grassroots activist organisations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect the environment. Grants are in the range of $3,000 to $12,000.

This is an international grants programme and projects supported in the UK have included:

  • Buglife which received a grant of $7,800 towards its work to prevent the extinction of different invertebrate species.
  • The Marine Conservation Society which received a grant of $10,000 towards its work to ensure the UK's seas remain fit for life by taking a leading role in helping government, industry and the public to jointly manage and protect the seas.

The next closing date for applications is 31 August 2014. For more information please visit the Patagonia website

New Environmental Funding Programme To Go Life (UK)

Following the adoption by the European Commission of LIFE multiannual work programme for 2014-2017, it has been announced that the first calls are scheduled for May/June 2014.

LIFE is the EU's funding programme for environmental projects. The LIFE multiannual sets the framework for the management of the new LIFE Programme 2014-2020. It contains an indicative budget, explains the selection methodology for projects and for operating grants and establishes outcome indicators for the two LIFE sub-programmes - for Environment and for Climate Action. The total budget for funding projects during the period covered amounts to €1.1 billion under the sub-programme for Environment and €0.36 billion under the sub-programme for Climate Action. For the first time LIFE project funding also will be provided through innovative financial instruments. The LIFE Environment sub-programme contributes to one such instrument, the pilot Natural Capital Financing (NCFF) financial instrument, which falls under the Nature and Biodiversity project area and will help finance biodiversity projects, amongst other things.

For more information please visit the European Commission website.

EU Announces First Call for Proposals under its New Life Programme (UK)

The European Commission has announced that the first call for proposals under the new Life 2014 - 20 programme will provisionally be launched on the 16th June 2014.
Life 2014 - 20 is the European Union's main programme to fund environmental projects and projects to tackle climate change. For the 2014-2020 period there is a new LIFE Programme for Environment and Climate Action with a 43% higher budget of €3.46 billion which includes a new €864 million sub-programme for climate action - LIFE Climate Action.

Projects supported through the previous Life programme (2007 - 13) included:

English Nature, which received a grant of €628,065 for a project to demonstrate the restoration of the River Avon Site of Community Interest (SCI) to favorable conservation status and to demonstrate a range of innovative river restoration techniques appropriate to chalk rivers, for local, national and European audiences.
Scottish Natural Heritage, which received a grant of £2,347,908 to conserve the abundance and diversity of salmon in Scotland through a significant improvement of freshwater habitats, the development of management guidelines, and the promotion and demonstration of best practice in the removal of key threats through joint effort and partnership.

For more information please visit the European Commission 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.

MacRobert Trust Grants Programme (UK)

The MacRobert Trust, which makes grants to registered charities in the United Kingdom (but preference is given to registered charities in Scotland), has announced that the next application deadline is 31 October 2014.

The MacRobert Trust makes grants in the areas of:

  • Services and Sea
  • Education and Training
  • Children and Youth
  • Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Tarland and the Local Area.

Grants can range between £5,000 and £25,000 and occasionally the Trustees make a recurring grant of up to three years. In addition a small grants programme facilitates awards of up to £5,000.

Previous grants awarded by the Trust include:

  • A grant of £15,000 over three years to Life Cycle UK towards ‘Bike Generation', a Bristol project which aims to make youngsters more independent and less isolated by teaching them new skills
  • A £15,000 grant to CatZero to tackle low educational achievement, youth crime, drug and alcohol abuse, poor health and lack of alternative employment and training for young people in Hull.

For more information please visit the MacRobert Trust website