Grant Funds - that might be useful for environmental projects

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This is a listing of grant funds  that might be useful for environmental projects - compiled by the Scottish LBAP network.

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 15th July 2014.


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 the 31st August 2014.

Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation Grants Programme (UK)

The Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation Grant is provided and administered by the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation and is available for Third Sector Organisations in the UK.

The main objectives of the foundation are to contribute to the development of a just society based on a commitment to nonviolence and environmental sustainability. Grants are made between the values of £5,000 and £15,000 and are provided for between one and three years. Priority will be given to small, pioneering organisations.

Previous projects supported include:

  • Airport Watch which received a grant of £15,000 over two years to educate UK policy-makers about the dangerously unsustainable growth and levels of air freight.
  • EcoNexus which received a grant of £8,000 to examine and promote the understanding of new technologies that are potentially harmful to the environment and communities, and the influences and interests that lie behind them.

The next closing date for applications is the 15th September 2014.

New Science Learning+ Fund Launched (UK / International)

The Wellcome Trust has announced the launch of a new Science Learning + funding programme.

This is an international initiative involving a partnership between the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Wellcome Trust and the US-based National Science Foundation. Science Learning+ aims improve the knowledge base and practice of informal science experiences, so as to better understand, strengthen and coordinate their vital role in science engagement and learning. Funding is available for collaborative projects involving both researchers and practitioners of informal learning. Grants will be awarded in two phases:
Phase 1: Planning Grants. Short-term Planning Grants of up to £70,000 to enable groups of people and organisations in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and/or the USA to meet with each other and develop ideas and strategies.
Phase 2: Partnership Grants (to be launched in 2015). Longer-term research programmes of approximately £1.5 million for up to five years.

The deadline for Phase 1 is 10th July 2014. Applicants from the UK should apply to the Wellcome Trust.

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.

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.

Landscape Partnerships Grant Programme (UK)

The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced that the next application deadline for round 1 of its Landscape Partnerships Programme is the 31st May 2015.

The Landscape Partnerships grant programme supports partnerships of local, regional and national interests which aim to conserve areas of distinctive landscape character throughout the United Kingdom. Grants of between £100,000 and £3,000,000 are available. The fund is open to not-for profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for profit organisations. Prior to submitting an application the applicant must identify an area of land that has a distinctive landscape character, recognised and valued by local people. Each scheme is based round a portfolio of smaller projects, which together provide a varied package of benefits to an area, its communities and visitors.

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 the 31st 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.

New Fund for Museums and Galleries (UK)

The John Ellerman Foundation has announced that it has funding of £380,000 available to help regional museums and galleries in the UK. In particular, the funding will focus on supporting visual and decorative arts and social and natural history collections. The aim is to enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public. Applications from venues with an income between £100,000 and £10m will be given priority, but larger institutions may be funded if uniquely placed to meet the Fund's aims. The Foundation are particularly interested in funding museums and galleries that:

  • Plan to support new ways of working both for established curators and those just starting out
  • Work in partnership with others to develop and share good practice
  • Ensure that the experience from the work funded is integrated into any future plans.

There is a two-stage application process. First-stage applications must be received by 3rd October 2014.


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 the 14th July 2014.

The Kids Fund (UK)

The Field Studies Council is an independent educational charity committed to raising awareness about the natural world.

The Council works through a network of 17 residential and day Centres in the UK providing courses for schools and colleges at all levels in addition to adult Individuals & Families courses, outreach education, training and consultancy. The Kids Fund aims to bring environmental understanding to disadvantaged young people by attending a course at a Field Studies Council centre. It helps disadvantaged young people to attend a course who may otherwise be excluded due to some form of disadvantage - health, mobility, deprivation or financial. Funding will normally be up to 80% of the cost of the course to a maximum of £3000.

The next closing date for applications is the 1st November 2014.

Holiday Grants for Children (UK)

The Henry Smith's Charity has announced that the next deadline for its Holiday Grant for Children Programme is the 1st October 2014.

Schools, youth groups and not for profit organisations can apply for grants towards holidays or outings within the UK for children aged 13 and under who are from deprived areas or have a disability. Applications can be considered for holidays or outings that have the objective of providing children with a break they would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. The maximum grant is usually £2,500 for any one trip. Grants are normally limited to a maximum of two-thirds of the total cost of a trip as the charity would expect some local partnership funding to be in place.
Recently funded projects include:

  • Berridge Junior School which received £1,000 towards a day trip to the seaside for 160 school children from a disadvantaged area of Nottingham.
  • Goose Green Primary and Nursery School which received £3,000 towards a trip to Hayling Island for 48 pupils from a primary school of inner London.

Lord Taverners Minibuses Grant Programme (UK)

The Lords Taverners, the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, has announced that its Minibuses grants programme has re-opened for applications.
Applications will be accepted from schools/ organisations that cater for young people under the age of 25 who have a physical/ sensory/ learning disability. Please note that the Lords Taverners are unable to support schools that cater for socially disadvantaged children, or mainstream schools for children with behavioural problems.

Last year the Lords Taverners, delivered 32 specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses to schools, clubs and youth organisations across the UK. These vehicles give young people with disabilities access to new places and experiences. Lord's Taverners minibuses are based on the current Ford Transit model, with a diesel engine. The average cost to the charity of an accessible minibus is £52,500.

The closing date for applications is the 1st August 2014.

Climate Challenge Fund (Scotland)
Keep Scotland Beautiful, has announced that the next deadline for draft applications to the Climate challenge fund (for funding of  £30,000 and over)  is the 25th July 2014.
Through the Climate Challenge Fund, Communities across Scotland can apply for grants of up to £150,000 per year to help reduce their carbon footprint and become more energy efficient. Nearly £30 million in total will be awarded to communities who come forward with innovative ideas to tackle their carbon emissions.
Previous projects supported in the past have included:

  • Barra and Vatersay Community Ltd which received £62,000 over two years to develop their community led action plan for the first practical steps to carbon reduction.
  • St Matthew's Primary School Cycle Club (East Dunbartonshire) which received £18,000 to promote cycling to primary children of all ages, their parents and teachers.

For applications of below £30,000 there is a monthly decision making process.

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.
From The Field Awards (UK)

The Royal Geographical Society, in collaboration with The Goldsmiths' Company, is offering secondary level geography teachers bursaries of up to £500 to help them develop educational resources that will give pupils an insight into the research being carried out by geographers on some of the key global geographical issues - from climate change, to the loss of species, population growth or migration. The resources will give young people and their teachers a greater insight into what fieldwork involves, the challenges of working in often inhospitable environments, and how, and for what purpose, key data on some of the world's pressing issues actually are collected. Funds can also be provided to the researcher to allow a class visit/presentation.
The next application deadline is the 13th September 2014.

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 the 1st October 2014.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Launches New Grants Programme (UK)

After having completed a strategic review of its funding, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust has announced the launch of its new grants programme. Under its new programmes the Trust is inviting application under the following programmes:

  • Peace and Security;
  • Power and Accountability;
  • Rights and Justice;
  • Sustainable Future;
  • and Northern Ireland.

The Trust anticipates that funding will be under one of these programmes but will also consider applications that cut across one or more of these.

Applications can be submitted by a range of different organisations and the Trust generally funds work that is about addressing the root causes of problems rather than delivering services or alleviating immediate needs.

It is not necessary to be a registered charity to apply to the Trust. However, the Trust can only support work which is legally charitable as defined in UK law.

There are two closing dates for applications. These are 12 noon on the 18th August for the Right and Justice, Sustainable Future, and Northern Ireland Programmes; and the 12 noon on the 1st September for the Peace and Security, and Power and Accountability Programmes.

Healthy Hearts Grants (UK)

Heart Research UK has announced that its Health Hearts Grants Programme will re-open for applications in July 2014. Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations and researchers who are spreading the healthy heart message.

Projects supported in the past have included:

  • Wanderers Pulse of the Community to educate pupils in Bolton about the heart and heart disease, the importance of exercise for heart health, the dangers of smoking and heart-friendly foods;
  • Empowering Families, London - ‘Babies and Toddlers' to promote good eating habits and playing as exercise at an early age through two Parent Toddlers and Babies groups in Brent's most deprived wards.

The closing date for this funding round will be the 31st August 2014.

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Launched (England, Scotland and Wales)

The Government has announced that the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is open for applications. The RHI is a long-term financial support programme for renewable heat, offering homeowners payments to offset the cost of installing low carbon systems in their properties.
The scheme is open to everyone - home owners, social and private landlords, and people who build their own homes. It is available to households both on and off the gas grid. The technologies currently covered by the scheme are:

  • Biomass heating systems;
  • Ground or water source heat pumps;
  • Air to water heat pumps;
  • and Solar thermal panels.

Homeowners in England, Scotland and Wales can receive quarterly payments over a seven year period to fund the purchase and installation costs of a renewable heat source.
For further details about the scheme including eligibility criteria and how to apply please click on the link below.

The Naturesave Trust (UK)

Naturesave Limited, an ethical insurance company provides funding to support environmental and conservationist projects. The funding is provided by investing 10% of personal insurance premiums into the Naturesave Trust. The Naturesave Trust aims to provide financial assistance to projects that deal with the root of a specific environmental and/or conservationist problem and those that encourage the greater commercial adoption of sustainable development. Financial assistance is available in the form of start-up finance to new organisations which seeks to promote greater awareness of sustainable development or for existing companies and charities which are seeking funding for a specific project.

Recently funded projects by the Trust include:

  • Pilling St John's Primary School which received funding towards the installation of a wind turbine at the school, providing energy and income to the school; and
  • Trees for Health which received funding from the Trust to set up green woodworking area to utilise local coppice wood in Devon.
  • Applications can be made at any time.

CVS Action Earth Grants 2014 (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 2014 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
  • 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.

The Ernest Cook Trust Grants Programme (UK)

Schools, charities and not-for-profit organisations  wishing to encourage young people's interest in the countryside and the environment, the arts or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT).

The Trust operates two grant making programmes. The small grants programme (under £4,000) supports state schools and small registered charities which would like to undertake projects which meet the Trust's objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place and a larger grants programme for grants in excess of £4,000. Meetings to consider applications for the small grants programme take place bi-monthly throughout the year. The full board of Trustees meets twice a year, in April and September, to consider grants in excess of £4,000.

Grants in the past have been awarded towards:

  • The purchase of IT equipment in schools
  • Clothing and equipment for outdoor learning
  • Using drama to raise learning achievements, etc.

Grants are normally awarded for one year only. Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time.
Grants awarded in the past have included:

  • Heathfield Community School which received £1,600 for a project that enabled a class of students to walk back in time to the ‘dawn of life’
  • St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School in Bristol which received £7,500 to buy new computers and software for the Learning Support Department.

The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is the 31st July 2014.

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