Here you will find details of grants and funding from government and other institutions, that are available to individuals, businesses and the public sector for environmental causes and decarbonisation.

Cost of Living Grants

Over recent months an increasing number of UK households have been struggling with rising prices for food, fuel and other essential goods leading to a cost-of-living crisis.

To alleviate the impact of the cost-of-living crisis, support organisations such as charities, community groups, and individuals can apply for a range of grants.

Funding may be available from a range of sources including:

  • Central Government
  • Local Authorities
  • Community Foundations
  • Grant Making Bodies

Government Support

In response to the cost-of-living crisis, the Government has launched a support package targeted towards households that are the most vulnerable.

The support available includes:

  • £15 billion energy bill rebate package
  • £650 Cost of Living payment for those on benefits
  • £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment
  • £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment
  • The Warm Homes Discount
  • Winter Fuel Payments
  • Cold Weather Payments

Information on what help is given by the Government is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-support-for-the-cost-of-living-factsheet/government-support-for-the-cost-of-living-factsheet.

Community Foundations

Within the UK there is a network of 47 Community Foundations. These cover specific geographic areas ranging from whole countries to smaller areas such as counties or cities.

Community Foundations are grant making bodies that exist to benefit disadvantaged communities. Grants are awarded to charitable, community or voluntary organisations.

Each Community Foundation has its own grant making priorities and programmes to reflect the needs of an area.

A list of Community Foundations can be found here: https://www.ukcommunityfoundations.org/our-network.

Examples of Community Foundation grants include:

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation – Stay Well Fund (Cambridgeshire)
Link: https://www.cambscf.org.uk/stay-well

The Cambridgeshire Community Foundation exists to benefit disadvantaged communities by making grants to support relevant charitable or voluntary organisations, which make a difference to their local communities.

Through the Stay Well Fund, the Foundation provides grants of up to £400 to vulnerable individuals and families living in Cambridgeshire (not including Peterborough) facing fuel poverty. These grants are to be used towards future heating costs. For those that are homeless, other costs of keeping warm (such as sleeping bags) will be considered.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Wiltshire Community Foundation – Community Grant (Wiltshire)
Link: https://www.wiltshirecf.org.uk/grants-and-support/groups/community-grants/

The Wiltshire Community Foundation exists to benefit disadvantaged communities by making grants to support relevant charitable or voluntary organisations, which make a difference to their local communities.

Through the Main Grant programme, the Foundation provides grants of up to £5,000 a year to support projects which will make a sustained impact in the lives of disadvantaged people in Wiltshire and Swindon.

The Foundation is particularly interested in projects and activities that: Address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic; Support children and young people; Prevent or alleviate poor mental health; Tackle poverty and inequality and its effects.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Cumbria Community Foundation – Barrow Community Trust Fund (Barrow)
Link: https://www.cumbriafoundation.org/fund/barrow-community-trust-fund

The Cumbria Community Foundation exists to benefit disadvantaged people and communities by making grants to support relevant charitable or voluntary organisations, which make a difference within their local area.

Through the Barrow Community Trust Fund, the Foundation provides grants of up to £1,000 for groups with small projects which provide activities in Barrow. Priority will be given to groups in the wards of Barrow Island, Central, Hindpool, Ormsgill, and Risedale which support the Foundation’s aims of advancement of education, relief of poverty, benefits to health, social inclusion, and raising aspirations.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Staffordshire Community Foundation – The Hilton Fund (South Staffordshire)
Link: https://staffsfoundation.org.uk/grants/hiltonmainfund/#1582108239114-9939be2c-0270

The Staffordshire Community Foundation exists to benefit disadvantaged communities by making grants to support relevant charitable or voluntary organisations, which make a difference to their local communities.

Through the Hilton Fund, the Foundation provides grants of up to £2,000 to organisations in South Staffordshire with projects that meet one of the following criteria: Increase or enhance local services; Provide local social or leisure activities; Provide a local service that might otherwise be unavailable; Relieve poverty or disadvantage for local people.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Quartet Community Foundation – Bath and West Community Energy Fund (Bath & Northeast Somerset)
Link: https://quartetcf.org.uk/grant-programmes/bath-west-community-energy-2/

The Quartet Community Foundation exists to benefit disadvantaged communities by making grants to support relevant charitable or voluntary organisations, which make a difference to their local communities.

Through the Bath and West Community Fund programme, the Foundation provides funding of up to £5,000 for projects that aim to reduce carbon emissions and/or address fuel poverty.

Carbon reduction does not just relate to energy projects; it might also include local food, sustainable transport or waste reduction or indeed any activity that reduces carbon emissions.

Fuel poverty relates to the lack of affordable warmth and projects might focus on approaches to improving the conditions of those in fuel poverty.

This grant is closed to applications. (Due to re-open in September 2022).

Local Authority Help

Local councils may be able to help individuals to pay for things like:

  • energy bills
  • water bills
  • food
  • essential items such as for example clothes or household items such as cookers, etc.

This help is known as ‘welfare assistance’ or the ‘Household Support Fund’. Each council runs their own scheme. The help that they offer and who can get this help varies.

Individuals should ask their local council if they run a welfare assistance or Household Support Fund scheme.

Find out how to contact your local council on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council.

Funders Currently Accepting Application

Asda Foundation – U18 Better Starts Grant (UK)
Link: https://www.asdafoundation.org/how-to-apply

The Asda Foundation aims to transform communities and improve lives by providing independent grants and support to locally relevant community projects throughout the UK.

Through the Under 18 Better Starts Grant, the Foundation provides funding of between £500 and £1,500 to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

The funding is available to not-for-profit organisations for projects which give children the best start in life, encourage them to be active, and which tackle poverty, inclusion and wellbeing. Projects could include breakfast clubs, food and clothing banks, arts and crafts groups, Brownies, Scouts, training for counsellors, U18 sporting/physical activity-based groups, and Easter and Jubilee Celebrations for U18’s.

Applications should be made through each local Asda store’s Community Champion.

This grant is open to applications. The closing date for applications is 19th August 2022.

Artemis Charitable Foundation (UK)
Link: https://www.artemisfunds.com/en/about-artemis/artemis-charitable-foundation-application-guidelines

The Artemis Charitable Foundation makes donations to charities operating in the UK and internationally, primarily in four key areas: health, education, poverty, and the environment.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme (UK)
Link: https://www.familyfundservices.co.uk/emergency-essentials/

BBC Children in Need’s Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services.

The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child’s wellbeing.

Applications can be made at any time and must be made by a registered referrer.

Beatrice Laing Trust (UK)
Link: http://www.laingfamilytrusts.org.uk/

The Trust funds projects concerned with the relief of poverty or distress, particularly those relating to children, and the advancement of the evangelical Christian faith, both at home and abroad.

The Beatrice Laing Trust offers grants to UK registered charities working throughout the UK, in developing countries and overseas. Grants are generally awarded on a one-off basis for capital purposes such as the purchase or construction of new premises, building extension, redevelopment or refurbishment, or the purchase of equipment and vehicles.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Benefact Trust – General Grants Programme (UK)
Link: https://benefacttrust.co.uk/which-grant-is-for-me/general-grants

The Benefact Trust (formerly known as the All Churches Trust) offers grants to Christian charities and organisations across the United Kingdom and Ireland that aim to help communities thrive and tackle social issues such as helping vulnerable families, homelessness and poverty to climate change and cultural cohesion.

Through the General Grants Programme, the Trust supports the repair, restoration, protection and improvement of churches, cathedrals, and other places of Christian worship where changes support wider community use and enable greater impact.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Benefact Trust – Methodist Grants (UK)
Link: https://benefacttrust.co.uk/which-grant-is-for-me/methodist-grants/

The Benefact Trust (formerly known as the All Churches Trust) offers grants to Christian charities and organisations across the United Kingdom and Ireland that aim to help communities thrive and tackle social issues such as helping vulnerable families, homelessness and poverty to climate change and cultural cohesion.

The Benefact Trust’s Methodist Grants Programme seeks to enhance the mission and ministry of the Methodist Church in the UK and Ireland by supporting significant redevelopment projects on buildings which have been identified as key to the future mission objectives of a circuit or district and schemes which bring significant community benefits beyond those to the immediate congregation.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

British Gas Energy Support Fund (UK)
Link: https://britishgasenergytrust.org.uk/grants-available/

The Trust has launched a new energy support fund to help the most financially vulnerable British Gas customers who are struggling to pay their energy bills.

This fund has been set up in response to the increasing cost of living and rising inflation, including Ofgem’s most recent price cap increase. Through the fund eligible British Gas customers with fuel debt of £250 to £750 can apply for grants to help pay their energy bills over the coming months.

The fund will remain open until all the money invested has been awarded.

Buttle UK – Chances for Children Grants (UK)
Link: https://buttleuk.org/apply-for-a-grant/chances-for-children-grants/

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to support the needs of vulnerable children and young people who have experienced a recent crisis or change in life that has had a significant impact on their social and emotional wellbeing and their education.

The funding is being made available through the Buttle UK’s Chances for Children Grants. Support might include:

  • items and activities to support learning and development such as laptops, books, wi-fi, educational toys and tuition
  • clothing and school uniforms
  • social, sporting and leisure activities
  • items for children/young people’s bedrooms

Buttle UK will only accept applications from frontline professionals (from a registered charity, housing association or public sector organisation).

Applications can be made at any time.

City Bridge Trust – Advice and Support (London)
Link: https://www.citybridgetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/grant-making/what-we-fund/advice-and-support/

The City Bridge Trust (CBT) Advice and Support programme aims to address inequalities by improving access to good quality advice and support.

Applications are invited from organisations providing suitably accredited generalist or specialist advice and support to individuals affected by inequalities, in relation to benefits, debt and money, employment problems, housing and immigration status.

Applications can be made at any time.

Coalfields Regeneration Trust – Small Grants Programme (England – Former Coalfield Areas)
Link: https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/england/small-grants/

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to help organisations provide support that low-income families need.

The type of projects supported includes food poverty projects, information, advice and guidance projects, social groups, projects supporting the homeless or any other project which would benefit those in crisis.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Community Food Initiatives – at Home Programme (Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland)
Link: https://supportingcommunities.org/funding-news-1/2022/7/18/the-community-food-initiative-is-now-open-for-applications

Grants of up to €2,000 are available to community-led organisations for online initiatives that encourage healthy eating amongst families in low-income communities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Funded by Safefood, the Community Food Initiatives (CFI) at Home Programme will support organisations who are not currently involved in the CFI to deliver an online project that provides low-income families with the knowledge and skills to prepare healthy food options. Projects could include learning how to prepare and cook a recipe, online cookery sessions, online support groups for sharing ideas and tips, and online interactive talks delivered by a dietitian or registered nutritionist.

Applications can be made at any time until the 9th of September 2022.

Dischma Charitable Trust (England and Wales)
Link: https://register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-search/-/charity-details/3963161/charity-overview

The Dischma Charitable Trust provides grants to organisations in England and Wales that require funding for projects that fall into the following categories:

  • education/training
  • the advancement of health or saving of lives
  • disability
  • the prevention or relief of poverty
  • overseas aid/famine relief
  • arts/culture/heritage/science
  • animals
  • environment/conservation/heritage.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

EDF Customer Support Fund (UK)
Link: https://www.edfenergy.com/for-home/help-centre/faq/extra-support-when-you-need-it?steps=23147#chapter-23146-3

The EDF Customer Support Fund awards grants to vulnerable customer households. It aims to provide customers with a fresh start and financial stability. It can help households stay out of fuel debt and help to afford ongoing energy costs.

The Fund also offers grants to buy essential energy efficient white goods, such as cookers, refrigerators, or washing machines.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Edith Murphy Foundation (UK)
Link: https://edithmurphy.co.uk/how-to-apply

The Edith Murphy Foundation was established in memory of Hughie Murphy. Its purpose is to support other organisations (predominantly, but not exclusively, other registered charities) that: carry out research; support individuals who by reason of their age, youth, infirmity, disablement, poverty, or social and economic circumstances are suffering hardship, distress or are otherwise in need; and relieve the suffering and care for unwanted animals.

The value of grants made is normally between £500 and £5,000 although larger grants are made in some circumstances. Since its inception in 1993 the charity has supported over 650 organisations with grants of around £17.5 million enabling these groups to carry out ground-breaking research as well as providing much needed support to those in need of care.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

E.ON Next Energy Fund (UK)
Link: https://www.eonnextenergyfund.com/

The aim of the E.ON Next Energy Fund is to help E.ON Next customers who are experiencing financial hardship and struggling. There are two ways this fund can help:

  • The first option is to help with paying gas and electricity bills through grants, helping individuals to become financially stable and to get back control of their finances.
  • The other option is to provide a replacement appliance such as a cooker, fridge, fridge-freezer or washing machine if yours has broken or is in a poor condition.

Applications are open to individual customers of E.ON and application can be submitted at any time.

Friends of the Elderly – Grants for Older People (England and Wales)
Link: https://www.fote.org.uk/our-charity-work/grants-2/

Friends of the elderly provide support for older people affected by loneliness and grants for those living on a low income.

Through the Grants for Older People programme they provide grants of up to £400 to older people who are of/over state pension age and have savings of less than £4,000. Funding is currently being provided through four schemes:

  • home essentials to help with the cost of replacing everyday items and small home repairs and mobility adaptations
  • digital connection to help older people get online
  • financial support to help with unexpected bills
  • essential living costs including clothing, food, medicines, and books

Applications must be made via a third-party Referral Agent such as charities, local authorities, and social services representatives.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Gamble Aware – Community Resilience Fund (Great Britain)
Link: https://www.begambleaware.org/community-resilience-fund

The Gamble Aware Community Resilience Fund (CRF) aims to provide grants to enable organisations to respond quickly to the cost-of-living crisis, and the impact this has had in exacerbating gambling harms and increased exposure to them.

Charities and organisations are able to apply to the fund, with smaller organisations or pilot projects being awarded up to £150,000 and larger organisations or projects can apply for up to £350,000.

The closing date for applications is 12pm on the 8th of August 2022.

Greggs Foundation – Hardship Fund (Northeast)
Link: http://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/grants

The Hardship Fund supports families in the Northeast of England who are in extreme financial hardship, it was established in 1993 and since then it has given over £2 million to families in poverty in the counties of Northeast England, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Teesside.

Social organisations can apply for funding on behalf of clients; items such as cookers, fridges, freezers and washing machines can be supplied and fitted directly by East Durham partnership and cheques of up to £150 can be made towards other items including beds and bedding, baby equipment, clothing, and flooring.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Groundwork – One Stop Community Partnership Programme (UK)
Link: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/national-grants/one-stop-community-partnership/

Groundwork is working with One Stop Stores Ltd to administer the One Stop Community Partnership programme. Successful applicants will receive an initial grant of up to £1,000 and begin a partnership with their local One Stop store.

This programme is designed to support community groups or organisations operating within two miles of a One Stop store and which are tackling food poverty, supporting the vulnerable, supporting the elderly, supporting low-income families, and running youth sports teams.

Applications can be made at any time and applicants are encouraged to visit their local One Stop store for more information.

Institute of Physics – Benevolent Fund (UK)
Link: https://www.iop.org/physics-community/member-latest/covid-19/benevolent-fund

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is a leading scientific society and charitable organisation, their aim is to advance physics education, research and application by providing positive and compelling experiences of physics to public audiences through engaging and entertaining activities and events.

The Benevolent Fund provides financial help to IOP members, or their dependants, facing critical needs that cannot otherwise be met.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Henry Smith Charity – Improving Lives (UK)
Link: https://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/explore-our-grants-and-apply/improving-lives-grants-programme/improving-lives-grants-programme-overview/

The Henry Smith Charity is one of the largest independent grant-making trusts in the UK. The Improving Lives grant programme provides grants to charitable organisations that help people in need when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.

Funding of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for a maximum of three years is available to established organisations delivering services directly to beneficiaries.

The key areas of the Improving Lives programme are to make sure:

  • people have the support, information, and advice to address their financial issues
  • people are able to navigate the benefits, migration and asylum systems and claim their rights and entitlements
  • people have improved financial literacy, and are more able to understand their finances and have greater confidence when budgeting and managing their money

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time

Henry Smith Charity – Strengthening Communities (UK)
Link: https://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/explore-our-grants-and-apply/strengthening-communities-grants/strengthening-communities-overview/

The Henry Smith Charity is one of the largest independent grant-making trusts in the UK.

The Strengthening Communities grant programme is designed to support small charitable organisations working at grassroots level and aims to ensure that funding reaches the most disadvantaged areas of the UK.

Funding of between £20,000 and £60,000 is available for up to three years to support work that enables:

  • people from across the community to participate in activities which improve connectedness, opportunities, and wellbeing
  • people who are excluded,vulnerable or facing hardship to have access to community-based services that support positive lasting change, and a stronger, active, more engaged community

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

John Holford Charity (Northwest)
Link: http://www.johnholfordcharity.org/index.html

John Holford Charity makes grants to individuals and organisations for children, young people, elderly, people with disabilities and the general public for the relief of disability or the prevention or relief of poverty. 

The Charity supports individual children and families by making donations to provide for anything from school uniforms and school trips to new washing machines. They also support charitable organisations that work with individuals, where there is financial need. The geographical area covered is the old Congleton Borough of Cheshire.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Karbon Housing – My Community Fund (Northeast)
Link: https://www.karbonhomes.co.uk/your-community/community-funding/

Karbon Housing wants to create places where people wish to live and improve the wellbeing and quality of life of residents who live there.

The projects funded through the Karbon Community Investment strategy vary considerably, from a young peoples’ counselling services to a food bank in West Northumberland and an employability project in Morpeth. Karbon homes have a number of services and projects working in local communities and will continue to build more resilient communities by:

  • supporting people to manage their finances and debts
  • training people to use technology and promoting access to digital services
  • supporting people to be more involved in decision making in their local communities
  • promoting volunteering programmes
  • working to reduce social isolation
  • promoting training and employment initiatives
  • acting as a signpost for people with entrepreneurial ambitions
  • encouraging people to be active and make healthy lifestyle choices

Longleigh Foundation – Individual Hardship Grants (England)
Link: https://longleigh.org/our-grants/individual-grants/

Individual Hardship grants are available to Stonewater Residents who are experiencing short-term hardship or crisis situations, for example:

  • sickness resulting in sudden unemployment and short-term lack of funds – support may be needed for food vouchers
  • oven or fridge requiring emergency replacement.

The maximum grant value for Hardship Grants is £1,000 per household in any 12-month period.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

London Catalyst Grant Programmes (London)
Link: http://www.londoncatalyst.org.uk/

London Catalyst is an independent grant-making trust that provides funding for charities and not for profit organisations to deliver projects and improve services. The trust aims to make a difference by acting as a catalyst for change, they aim to improve health and wellbeing, help to remove people from poverty and raise awareness of poverty and ill health in London.

The annual grants budget is £300,000 divided between two grant programmes: Project Grants – supporting new initiatives and service developments for disadvantaged people, and Samaritan Grants – this is a hardship fund offering immediate help to people in an emergency. 70% of all these grants are for food and travel.

Partners for health – grants for projects that can demonstrate: positive outcomes for people experiencing significant barriers to health and well-being, a new approach or a thoughtful development of service, working in partnership with an expert health agency/provider.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Magic Little Grants (UK)
Link: https://localgiving.org/magic-little-grants/

Localgiving has teamed up with the Postcode Community Trust to provide the Magic Little Grants programme. The fund provides small charities and community groups with grants of £500 for projects that address a range of community, social, environmental and health issues including preventing or reducing the impact of poverty.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust (UK)
Link: https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/about-us/charitable-trust/

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust was set up in 1998 to promote and support charities in the UK working in agriculture, rural development, and insurance.

The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas, the relief of poverty within rural areas, research into agriculture associated activities, to advance the education of the public in relation to agriculture and to promote the benefit and social welfare of inhabitants of rural communities.

This grant is open to applications. The closing date for applications is the 28th of October 2022.

Northern Powergrid – Community Partnering Fund (North of England)
Link: https://www.northernpowergrid.com/custom/news/grants-of-up-to-ps20000-available-for-community-organisations-in-the-north-of-england

Through the Northern Powergrid Community Partnering Fund, registered charities, community groups, and other not-for-profit organisations in the North of England can apply for grants for projects that focus on:

  • alleviating hardship associated with fuel poverty
  • promoting efficiency and its environmental impacts
  • encouraging education in STEM subjects
  • protecting vulnerable customers
  • supporting communities to lower their carbon footprint

This grant is open to applications. Applications can be submitted until the 2nd of August 2022.

OVO Energy Fund (UK)
Link: https://www.ovoenergy.com/help/debt-and-energy-assistance

The OVO Energy Fund is a fund that helps people who have fallen behind with their energy payments to OVO. To qualify, individuals need to be in receipt of one of the following: Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Pension Credit, Employment and Support Allowance, or Universal Credit (but only if not working).

In addition, to qualify, the energy debt on the energy account needs to be at least £150 and the annual household income is £16,190 or less.

Persimmon Community Champions (England, Scotland and Wales)
Link: https://www.persimmonhomes.com/community-champions

Persimmon Homes Charity Foundation is providing grant funding of up to £1,000 to registered charities, clubs, schools and other organisations which have already raised vital funds themselves towards projects to enhance their local community.

The total available each month to support local good causes is £60,000. The type of projects supported to date have included support for foodbanks, projects within schools, and sports projects, etc.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Robertson Trust – Wee Grants (Scotland)
Link: https://www.therobertsontrust.org.uk/funding/wee-grants/

The Robertson Trust is an independent Scottish grant-making Trust which exists to improve the lives of people and communities experiencing poverty and trauma. The Trust provide funding for organisations and initiatives that address: 

  • Financial wellbeing – tackling the financial and material effects of poverty on people and communities
  • Emotional wellbeing and relationships – ensuring people have emotional wellbeing, and confidence and strength in their relationships with others
  • Educational and work pathways – equipping people for the future by supporting learning and skills.

Through the Wee Grants programme, the trust provides grants of up to £2,000 to constituted community groups and small charities with an annual income of under £25,000.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Scottish Power Hardship Fund (UK)
Link: https://community.scottishpower.co.uk/t5/Extra-Help/Hardship-Fund/ta-p/53

As some customers have difficulties paying their bills due to low income or other circumstances, ScottishPower has a Hardship Fund to help them get their energy payments under control. The Fund can help by clearing or reducing arrears by crediting a customer’s ScottishPower energy account.

To qualify, individuals need to be in receipt of one of the following: Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Pension Credit, or Employment and Support Allowance.

Sheffield City Council – Cost of Living Fund
Link: https://www.sycf.org.uk/grants-to-organisations/cost-of-living-fund/#:~:text=Sheffield%20City%20Council%20(SCC)%20is,reduce%20food%20and%20fuel%20poverty

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to charities, community groups and social enterprises working to support vulnerable people with the rising cost-of-living. The funding, which is made available by Sheffield City Council and money raised through donations from individuals and organisations, will support organisations, including foodbanks, to help reduce food and fuel poverty, and provide other basic necessities.

The funding can be used to cover costs such as food or other items for distribution, volunteer expenses, staff costs, room hire, and utilities.

Applications from organisations led by and for minoritised and marginalised communities are particularly encouraged. Consortiums can apply for grants of up to £10,000.

The Sheffield Cost of Living Fund closes to applications at 12pm on the 8th August 2022.

SODEXHO Foundation Stop Hunger Campaign (UK)
Link: http://uk.stop-hunger.org/home.html

Stop Hunger is a worldwide Sodexo initiative active in more than 40 countries. Through the initiative, the Sodexo Foundation donate time, skills and money to tackle hunger, support good nutrition and promote life skills in local communities.

In the UK and Ireland, the Stop Hunger Foundation is a grant giving organisation and its vision is to work with very best charities that exist to tackle hunger and malnutrition, promote healthy lifestyles, and develop life skills such as cooking.

Previous grant awards have ranged between £1,500 and £120,000, however first time applicants can only apply for a maximum of £10,000.

Organisations that have previously received funding include Fare Share who redistributes surplus food destined for landfill to local charities and community groups across the UK and Focus Ireland who support homeless people in Dublin by providing hot nutritious meals.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Tesco Community Grants Programme (England, Scotland & Wales)
Link: https://tescocommunitygrants.org.uk/

The Tesco Community Grants Programme will use the money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores across England, Wales and Scotland to pay for a large number of local projects.

Tesco Community Grants fund thousands of local community projects across the UK, helping to fight holiday hunger, tackle mental health, support young people, host community events and much more. Since 2016 the scheme has supported over 40,000 community groups with more than £90 million in grants.

Tesco Community Grants is open to charities and community organisations to apply for a grant of up to £1,500. Every three months, three local good causes are selected to be in the blue token customer vote in Tesco stores throughout the UK.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Grants Currently Closed but May Open Later in the Year

Bank of Scotland Foundation – Reach Programme (Scotland)
Link: http://bankofscotlandfoundation.org/funding-programmes/reach

The Bank of Scotland Foundations Reach Programme is part of a five-year strategic plan to “Support Positive Change Across Scotland”.

The Reach programme will support charities with an income of less than £1 million that can demonstrate that they address disadvantage or social inclusion. Examples include charities addressing primary disadvantage such as homelessness, abuse, mental health or poverty; secondary disadvantage such as debt issues, learning disabilities, lack of employability skills or health issues; and exclusionary challenges for minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT people, drug users, care leavers, the elderly or the young.

Grants are available of between £1,000 and £25,000 over one year.

This grant is due to re-open to applications at 12 noon on the 6th of September 2022.

Centre for Sustainable Energy – Power Partners (London, Southeast & East England)
Link: https://www.cse.org.uk/projects/view/1356

The Power Partners programme is a £300,000 per annum programme which is being managed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy on behalf of UK Power Networks. The programme aims to support up to 40 organisations to combat fuel poverty, improve energy efficiency and support people in vulnerable circumstances.

Grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 are available for projects that deliver outcomes in the following two categories: income maximisation for vulnerable households; and CO2 and financial savings and energy efficiency improvements for popular community spaces achieved through the installation of insulation, low-energy lighting and appliances, heating upgrades or renewable technologies.

This grant is currently closed to applications.

Community Food and Health Scotland (Scotland)
Link: http://www.communityfoodandhealth.org.uk/funding/small-grants/

The Community Food and Health Scotland (CFHS) aims to ensure that everyone in Scotland has the opportunity, ability, and confidence to access a healthy and acceptable diet for themselves, their families and their communities.

The CFHS has grants from £500 to £3,000 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.

This grant is closed to applications.

EAGA Partnership Charitable Trust Grant Programme (UK)
Link: http://www.eagacharitabletrust.org/grants-offered

Eaga Partnership Charitable Trust is a grant-giving trust that supports projects and research into the causes of fuel poverty and its impact on health, in particular, the health of vulnerable consumers.

The Trust gives priority to funding proposals that have the potential to inform or influence national perceptions and policies and have a wide geographic focus.

Funding of between £2,000 and £20,000 is available and typically projects would span between one and three years. Trustees meet three times a year to consider applications.

This grant is closed to applications.

EDF Energy Trust (UK)
Link: https://www.edfenergytrust.org.uk/

The EDF Energy Trust helps families and individuals living in fuel poverty, suffering or other distress who are struggling to pay their gas and/or electricity bill by awarding grants to clear those debts. The aim of the Trust is to give vulnerable individuals a fresh start and financial stability enabling them to remain free of fuel debts going forward.

Bankruptcy applications will not be considered from homeowners and those with assets above a value of £1,000 and total debts less than £15,000.

This grant is closed to applications.

MSE Charity Grants (UK)
Link: http://www.msecharity.com/how-to-apply

The charity aims to fight financial and consumer illiteracy and is dedicated to educating and informing adults and children about consumer and debt issues. It provides grants of up to £500 to help individuals to eradicate this illiteracy through self-development or innovative projects.

Eligible groups can apply for grants of up to £5,000. Using funding provided by annual donations from the MoneySavingExpert.com website and proceeds from sales of books written by the website’s founder Martin Lewis, MSE Charity aims to help communities break the cycle of debt by helping people to become more financially aware.

This grant is closed to applications.

Scottish Power Foundation (UK)
Link: https://www.scottishpower.com/pages/about_the_scottishpower_foundation.aspx

The Scottish Power Foundation provides support for charities and not-for-profit organisations across the UK. Funding is available for the following purposes: the advancement of education; the advancement of environmental protection; the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science; the prevention or relief of poverty and the relief of those in need by reason of disability or other disadvantage; the advancement of citizenship and community development.

This grant is closed to applications.

United Utilities Trust Fund – Small Grant Funding (Northwest)
Link: http://www.uutf.org.uk/information-for-organisations/organisational-grant-funding/

United Utilities Trust Fund is an independent grant-making trust set up through United Utilities Water Plc. The Trustees objectives are to help people in distress and financial hardship who are unable to meet the cost of water charges where the water or sewerage service provider is United Utilities Group plc.

To be eligible for funding the project must enhance and develop the provision of debt/money advice services to individuals within the United Utilities Trust Fund geographical area, benefit people who are currently in hardship and who are unable to meet the costs of water and/or sewerage charges provided by United Utilities; and support a ‘deprived community’. Additionally, the Trustees are looking for projects that help people/families: where children are living in poverty, using food banks, affected by welfare reform and to build financial stability.

This grant is closed to applications.

Warm Homes Fund (UK)
Link: https://www.affordablewarmthsolutions.org.uk/warm-homes-fund/

The Warm Homes Fund is a £150 million fund administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS). The fund aims to help make households warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat.

Running over 3-years and providing capital funding for the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel-poor households who do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel. The Fund is open to bids from local authorities, housing associations and their partners and is broadly split into three categories focusing on urban, rural and health-related solutions.

Successful proposals will highlight the number of fuel-poor households supported; strategic fit with the Governments Fuel Poverty Strategy; value for money; the benefit created, i.e., energy efficiency increases and bill savings; and strength of delivery plans, project management and assurance of delivery.

This grant is closed to applications.

Western Power Distribution – Community Matters Fund (Midlands, Southwest, and South Wales)
Link: https://www.westernpower.co.uk/community-matters-fund

The fund provides £500,000 to support charitable organisations in their response to holiday hunger. Applications are encouraged from organisations delivering projects that offer both short-term interventions to stop holiday hunger and longer-term support to help reduce food poverty.

This grant is currently closed to applications.

 

£22 Million in Funding Available to Support Vulnerable Energy Consumers (England, Scotland and Wales)

Organisation name: Ofgem – Energy Redress Scheme

Deadline: 06-10-2022

Link: https://energyredress.org.uk/announcements/ps22-million-available-charities-and-community-groups-through-ofgem-energy-redress

A total of £22 million in funding is available to charities and community energy groups in England, Scotland and Wales for projects that help energy consumers in vulnerable situations to reduce their bills and carbon emissions.

The funding is made available through the Ofgem Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme which supports projects that help households most at risk from cold homes and high energy bills by distributing payments from energy companies who may have breached Ofgem rules.

There are four funding streams open in this round:

  • The Main Fund contains £14.4 million – aimed at projects seeking grants between £50,000 and £2 million that will support households in vulnerable situations.
  • The Small Project Fund contains £1 million – aimed at projects seeking grants between £20,000 to £49,999 that will support households in vulnerable situations.
  • The Innovation Fund contains £3.3 million – aimed at projects that will develop innovative products or services to benefit households. Applicants can apply for grants between £50,000 to £1 million.
  • The Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund contains £3.3 million – aimed at projects that empower householders to reduce their carbon emissions and engage positively with the transition to net zero. The fund awards grants between £50,000 to £1 million.

Nearly one thousand organisations are already registered with the Energy Redress Scheme and can apply to the open rounds.

Organisations that have not yet registered with the scheme must do so 10 working days before the closure of the relevant Fund to allow time for eligibility checks to take place.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 6th of October 2022.

Grants to Help Home Owners Install Low Carbon Heating Systems (England & Wales)

Organiation: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Boiler Upgrade Scheme

Deadline: 01042025

Link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-may-be-eligible-for-the-boiler-upgrade-scheme-from-april-2022

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, in partnership with Ofgem, has launched a new scheme to encourage property owners in England and Wales to install low carbon heating systems.

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme is offering grants towards the cost of having air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, or biomass boilers (for rural properties)installed in place of existing gas, oil or electric heating.

The funding available is:

  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump
  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler
  • £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump

Homes and small nondomestic buildings on and off the gas grid, including owneroccupiers, private landlords and custombuilds, are eligible for support.

There is different funding available for social housing. Installers will lead the grant application on behalf of the property owner.

The £450 million scheme will run until April 2025.

Free Trees for Schools & Community Groups (UK)

Organiation: Woodland Trust

Deadline: 31-08-2024

Link: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/schools-and-communities/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwpv2TBhDoARIsALBnVnl4mX3ME2YPKMkKZu_l0kI5ujcVNuUrw9IhbLoocKo68CjWepkrLXQaAhtJEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Hundreds of thousands of trees are being given away to help the UK reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target.

Schools, nurseries, colleges, universities, outdoor learning centres, and other groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, scouts, and guides from across the UK are among the organisations eligible to apply for up to 420 trees to improve their local environment.

Tree packs available include:

  • hedge
  • copse
  • wild harvest
  • year-round colour
  • working wood
  • wild wood
  • wildlife
  • urban trees

Applications can be made for up to four separate tree packs as long as the total does not exceed 420 trees

The Woodland Trust is currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in March 2024.

Applications are expected to close in January 2024, or sooner depending on stock availability.

Useful Links:
Frequently Asked Questions

£1 Million Fund for Initiatives that Improve the Environment (West Midlands)

Organiation: West Midlands Combined Authority – Community Environment Fund

Deadline: 30-06-2024

Link: https://www.wmca.org.uk/what-we-do/environment-and-energy/community-environment-fund/

Charities, community and voluntary groups, and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for share of £1 million in funding to deliver initiatives that improve the environment and people’s lives.

The funding is made available through the West Midlands Combined Authority Community Environment Fund as part of the legacy from the Commonwealth Games.

Approximately 30 small grants of up to £25,000 and 5 large grants of up to £100,000 will be awarded for projects under the following project themes:

  • Natural environment – to protect, restore, and enhance nature and wildlife 
  • Access to green space – to provide better access to and community use of green space for health and wellbeing
  • Climate adaptation – to make communities more resilient and prepared for the impacts of climate change
  • Circular economy – to reduce waste and keep resources and materials in use for as long as possible​
  • Environment awareness – to improve knowledge of environment issues and support behaviour change

Applicants must submit an expression of interest in the first instance.

Small projects must be delivered by February 2025. It is unlikely that applications for small projects will be accepted after October 2024.

Large projects must be delivered by the 31st of December 2024. It is unlikely that applications for large projects will be accepted after June 2024 due to delivery timescales.

Funding will be awarded as projects are appraised, so it is advised that organisations submit their applications as early as possible.

Useful Links:
Applicant Information Pack

Funding to Support Collaborative Net Zero Projects (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset & Dorset)

Organiation: Plymouth University – Net-Zero Solutions Fund

Deadline: 27-03-2024

Link: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/institutes/sustainable-earth/net-zero-exchange/net-zero-solutions-fund

Plymouth University is offering grants of up to £7,500 to support collaborations between enterprises and researchers in tackling carbon-related challenges, as part of their commitment to advancing the region’s transition to Net Zero.

The Net-Zero Solutions Fund aims to foster partnerships between businesses from any sector in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, and Dorset – including social enterprises, the self-employed, SMEs and also large companies – and researchers at the University to create innovative solutions that contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions.

The funding can go towards:

  • a researcher or a research assistant, and
  • up to 25% can go towards consumables, including small items of equipment

Match funding is required.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on the 27th of March 2024.

Useful Links:
Guidance

Heat Network Efficiency Scheme – Deadline Extended (England & Wales)

Organiation: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Heat Network Efficiency Scheme

Deadline: 22-03-2024

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heat-network-efficiency-scheme-hnes

Public, private, and third sector organisations in England and Wales can apply for funding to improve the performance of existing heat networks.

The £32 million Heat Network Efficiency Scheme (HNES,) funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, will provide funding to heat network operators to make improvements to existing heat networks or communal heating projects that are not performing to their maximum efficiency, resulting in better outcome for customers and operators. The scheme will provide up to 50% funding for capital works, and up to 100% funding for Optimisation studies.

Organisations eligible to apply include:

  • Public sector organisations including NHS Trusts and Universities, and other Government Departments.
  • Private sector organisations that are registered companies and submit annual accounts.
  • Third sector organisations such as registered charities, community investment companies and other such organisations that are officially registered and submit annual accounts.

The scheme will run until 2025. The next closing date for applications has been extended from the 2nd of February until the 22nd of March 2024.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have produced a series of guidance videos that set out practical steps that heat network operators can take to improve the performance of their systems under HNES.

 

Useful Links:
Guidance for Applicants
Programme Overview

Funding Available for Youth-led Nature Projects (UK)

Organiation: Grow Wild – Youth Grants Programme

Deadline: 19-03-2024

Link: https://growwild.kew.org/apply-grant/youth

Grants of £500 are available for youth-led projects that celebrate UK native wildflowers, plants, and fungi in exciting and engaging ways.

The funding is made available to individuals and groups of young people through Grow Wild’s Youth Grants programme to support young people to deliver a wide range of creative projects that will inspire communities and help people connect to each other and nature.

Grants can be used for anything project-related, from basic materials and equipment to resources or training.

Young people aged 14 to 25 can apply directly as an individual or as a group of up to 6 people, but will need to nominate a youth, community, or education-focused organisation to support them with their project.

Successful projects can be started in May and must be completed by the end of October 2024.

The deadline for applications is 3pm on the 19th of March 2024.

 

Useful Links:
Guidance for Applicants

Funding for Projects that Strengthen Local Communities (England, Scotland & Wales)

Organiation: Delamere Dairy Foundation

Deadline: 29-02-2024

Link: https://delameredairyfoundation.org.uk/

Grants of £250 – £5,000 are available for local projects that help strengthen communities across England, Scotland, and Wales.

The Delamere Dairy Foundation will provide support for charities, community groups, social enterprises, and other not-for-profit organisations delivering projects that fit the objectives of the Foundation:

  • The advancement of agriculture and of environmental protection
  • The advancement in life of young people by developing their capabilities so that they may mature as contributory members of society
  • The relief of financial hardship
  • The advancement of education
  • The relief of sickness

Recent beneficiaries of the foundation’s grants include a local food bank, a community garden, and a youth mentoring programme.

Applications will be considered at panel meetings, which will be held regularly. The next closing date is the 29th of February 2024.

Grants for Water Fountain Bottle Filling Stations in Coastal Areas (UK)

Organiation: Sea-Changers – Coastal Fountain Fund

Deadline: 23-02-2024

Link: https://www.sea-changers.org.uk/coastal-fountain-fund

Sea-Changers has launched their Coastal Fountain Fund 2023 to help reduce the impact of single-use plastic water bottles on coastal habitats. The fund helps community organisations across the UK to purchase water fountain bottle filling stations for installation in busy or particularly environmentally important coastal areas. 

Sea-Changers particularly welcome applications from Wales, Scotland, East Anglia and Northeast, and Northwest England as these areas have been under-represented in previous years.

Grants of up to £2,500 are available to cover the cost of purchasing one water fountain unit and does not cover installation or maintenance costs.

The closing date for applications is the 23rd of February 2024.

Useful Links:
Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria

£20 Million in Funding Available to Support Vulnerable Energy Consumers (England, Scotland & Wales)

Organiation: Ofgem – Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme

Deadline: 20-02-2024

Link: https://energyredress.org.uk/announcements/ps3-million-available-charities-and-community-groups-through-ofgem-energy-redress

The Ofgem – Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme (Energy Redress Scheme) has opened for its seventh funding round. A total of £20 million is available for charities and community energy groups to apply for grants through four funding streams.

The Energy Redress Scheme was set up by Ofgem in 2018 to distribute payments from energy companies that have breached Ofgem rules. The scheme has so far awarded over £100 million to support vulnerable energy customers and carbon emission reduction initiatives.

Projects will be considered that focus on supporting households most at risk from cold homes and high energy bills, the development of innovative products and services related to domestic energy use, or carbon emissions reduction projects, across England, Scotland, and Wales.

The funding streams available are:

  • The Main Fund, containing £13.25 million – aimed at projects seeking grants between £50,000 and £2 million that will support households in vulnerable situations.
  • The Small Project Fund, containing £750,000 – aimed at projects seeking grants between £20,000 to £49,999 that will support households in vulnerable situations.
  • The Innovation Fund, containing £3 million – aimed at projects that will develop innovative products or services to benefit households. Applicants can apply for grants between£20,000 to £1 million.
  • The Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund, containing £3 million – aimed at projects that will reduce UK carbon emissions and empower households to reduce their carbon footprint. Applicants can apply for grants between £20,000 to £1 million.

To apply, organisations need to be pre-registered by visiting the Energy Redress registration page. Organisations that haven’t yet registered with the scheme must do so 10 working days before the relevant Fund closes to allow time for eligibility checks to take place.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 20th of February 2024. To apply follow the instructions on the Energy Redress website.

Funding Opportunity to Advance the UK’s Transition to Net Zero (UK)

Organiation: UK Research and Innovation – Building a Green Future strategic Theme

Link: https://www.ukri.org/councils/stfc/

As part of the effort to advance the UK’s transition to Net Zero, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is making £9.25 million in funding available to support UK research organisations to establish a flagship transdisciplinary research programme in systems approaches.

The funding will support up to two five-year research programmes to deliver co-created, cutting edge research into the development and implementation of systems approaches to Net Zero.

The full economic cost (FEC) of a project can be up to £5.78 million. 80% of the FEC up to £4.62 million will be funded.

The funding can be used to cover costs such as:

  • a contribution to the salary of the project lead and project co-lead
  • support for other posts such as research and technical staff
  • research consumables
  • travel costs
  • collaboration and stakeholder engagement
  • impact and knowledge exchange activities
  • estates and indirect costs
  • flexible research funding

This opportunity is part of the UKRI Building a Green Future strategic theme.

Further information will be made available when the fund opens to applications on the 25th of January 2024.

Useful Links:
Guidance

Grants Available for Tree Planting Projects in Urban Areas (England)

Organiation: Forestry Commission – Urban Tree Challenge Fund

Link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/urban-tree-challenge-fund

Grants are available to community and volunteer groups as well as town councils and individuals for tree planting projects in socially deprived urban and peri-urban areas in England.

The funding is being made available through the 5th round of the Forestry Commission’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund which aims to support people’s health and wellbeing by levelling-up access to nature. The fund provides 80% of standard costs for planting large trees and their establishment costs. The remaining 20% must be met through match funding either in the form of money or labour.

There is a minimum application value of £10,000.

Payments for trial pits have been introduced in this round of funding to check for the presence of services.

The Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF) has no application deadline, but it takes three to five months from submitting a valid and complete application to an agreement being offered.

Useful Links:
Round 5 Terms and Conditions

£20 million Fund Launched to Decarbonise Public Sector Buildings (Scotland)

Organiation: Scottish Government – Public Sector Heat Decarbonisation Fund

Link: https://www.gov.scot/news/new-grant-funding-to-decarbonise-public-sector-buildings/

The Scottish Government is launching a new funding scheme offering up to £20 million in grants to support local authorities, universities and arm’s-length external organisations decarbonise their buildings.

Scotland’s Public Sector Heat Decarbonisation Fund will replace the existing Scottish Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme, which has been running since 2006 and offered zero interest loans for energy efficiency improvement projects.

The new scheme is intended to increase the number of public sector organisations taking forward heat decarbonisation measures in their buildings.

The funding forms part of the £200 million already committed to the public sector for energy efficiency and renewable heating over the next five years – part of the wider plan to spend £1.8 billion in this current parliamentary session on decarbonising Scotland’s buildings.

As per the criteria for the previous scheme, only public sector bodies with borrowing powers can apply to the new fund. Applicants will be required to provide 20% match funding for projects.

Applications will open via the Salix Finance website later this summer. 

£15 Million Funding Boost to Improve Outside Learning Facilities (England)

Organiation: Department for Education

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-boost-to-improve-outside-learning-facilities

Nurseries, schools and colleges in deprived and nature-depleted areas of England are to benefit from £15 million in government funding to enhance their biodiversity and outdoor learning facilities.

The funding will help children and young people connect to nature and develop green skills by providing resources such as outdoor equipment and clothing, accessible routes to nature, outdoor teaching areas, and teaching tools such as acoustic listening devices. Alongside this funding, a new online ‘National Education Nature Park’ is being launched to enable students to share and learn from other educational institutions. They can document and upload their efforts to enhance the natural environment, such as creating ponds or rewilding land.

Schools, colleges, and nurseries can register their interest ahead of a full launch in autumn 2023.

Funding to Improve Local Green Spaces (Scotland)

Organiation: Volunteering Matters – Action Earth Grants

Link: https://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/project/action-earth/

Grants of between £50 and £250 are available to local groups to improve local green spaces. Funded by NatureScot, the Volunteering Matters Action Earth Grants supports volunteers to run environmental activities in Scotland’s cities, towns and villages.

The funding can be used for planting projects, and wildlife habitat creation, and will cover costs such as plants, tools, materials and volunteer expenses.

Priority will be given to applications from volunteer groups that do any of the following:

  • Work in areas where there is substantial social or economic deprivation
  • Improve and develop the health and wellbeing of their local community
  • Involve disabled people, vulnerable people or those at risk of exclusion
  • Encourage and involve people under 26 in practical outdoor conservation

Applicants should register their interest in the first instance.

Projects must be completed by the 31st of January 2024.

Funding to Help Unlock Decarbonisation in the Public Sector (England)

Organiation: Department for Energy Security and Net Zero – Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund

Link: https://www.salixfinance.co.uk/phase-4-public-sector-low-carbon-skills-fund

The Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund, managed by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, provides grants to boost decarbonisation skills and help unlock decarbonisation in the public sector, with a focus on heating systems.

One of the greatest challenges in meeting the UK’s 2050 Net Zero target is decarbonising the way buildings are heated. Most of the buildings in the public sector still rely on fossil fuel-based heating and expert skills are required to identify and plan how these heating systems can be replaced, ideally at the end of their working lives.

Up to £17 million is available for the Phase 4 Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund, which will provide grants to public sector organisations to engage the specialist and expert advice and skills required to create a robust heat decarbonisation plan and/or detailed designs to prepare for heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency works.

Salix is the delivery partner for this phase of the fund and will provide information on how to apply. All applications that receive funding must complete their heat decarbonisation plans before March 28, 2024. The funding is divided into three grant value ranges, with an overall cap of £1 million.

  • 34% of the funding is available for projects up to £100,000,
  • 38% for projects between £100,001-£500,000,
  • and 28% for projects between £500,001-£1,000,000.

Applications will be assessed on a first come, first served basis within each cap until all the funding has been fully allocated.

The Phase 4 Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund offers three funding options:

  • funding to develop or improve a heat decarbonisation plan,
  • funding to develop standalone detailed designs from pre-existing heat decarbonisation plans,
  • or a combination of both options.

The Application Portal for the Phase 4 Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund will open at 2pm on the 26th of April 2023.

Organisations that can apply include:

  • Central government departments and their agencies (set out in Public Bodies as published by the Cabinet Office here).
  • For central government departments where their roles are reserved (i.e. not devolved to Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Governments), including the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Defence, funding may be used for estates located anywhere within the UK.
  • Emergency services.
  • Institutions of further and higher education.
  • Local authorities.
  • Schools within the state education system including maintained schools, academies, multi-academy trusts and free schools.
  • Nursery schools maintained by a local authority.
  • NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts.

Useful Links:
Phase 4 Low Carbon Skills Fund (LCSF) Guidance

Grants for Community and School Gardening Projects (London)

Organiation: Metropolitan Public Gardens Association

Link: http://www.mpga.org.uk/grants.php

Community organisations and schools in London can apply for small gardening grants awarded by the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association (MPGA), a charity that preserves and improves gardens, neglected sites and green public open spaces in all 33 London Boroughs. 

Grants of up to £1,500 can be used for a variety of projects, including planting, equipment purchase, benches and churchyard refurbishments; etc. 

In the past grants have been awarded to Libraries, Churchyards, Parks and Gardens as well as Street Scenes, Hospitals and Hospices, Allotments, Community Gardens, Museums, Schools and Community Centres, many of which benefit the disadvantaged.

There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time.

Useful Links:
Application Guidance

Funding for Environmental & Community Projects (Wales)

Organiation: Welsh Water – Community Fund

Link: https://corporate.dwrcymru.com/en/community/community-projects/community-fund

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered voluntary and community groups and other not-for-profit organisations working in the Welsh Water area, for projects that benefit local communities.

The funding is made available through the Welsh Water Community Fund which supports local projects that protect and enhance the environment, and help improve the health and wellbeing of communities.

The Fund has previously helped community groups to purchase new essential equipment, schools to raise environmental awareness in the community and develop outdoor learning areas, and sports groups to purchase the kit they need to keep their clubs going.

Applications will close when all funding has been allocated.

Zero Emission Vessels and Infrastructure (ZEVI) competition

Organiation: UK SHORE and Innovate UK

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/zero-emission-vessels-and-infrastructure-zevi-competition/zero-emission-vessels-and-infrastructure-zevi-competition

UK Shore and Innovate UK are delivering £77 million in match-funding to support high TRL research in close to commercial clean maritime technology. Funding will be made available to cover the construction and set-up of projects until March 2025, with project partners covering all costs of demonstrating in an operational environment until March 2028.

All projects must include on-vessel technology and shoreside infrastructure, with project partners from ports or infrastructure owners and operators and vessel owners and operators. This ensures guaranteed supply and demand over the lifetime of ZEVI projects.

The specific technology in scope will include the following:

  • electric vessels and charging infrastructure
  • shore power, both on the shoreside and vessel-side
  • alternative fuels and bunkering

In particular, zero emission ferries are encouraged, and energy efficiency technologies will also be included.

Ofwat Announces ‘Open Access’ Competition for Ideas to Transform Water Services (England & Wales)

Organisation: Ofwat

Link: https://www.ofwat.gov.uk/pn-26-22-ofwat-confirms-new-open-access-competition-for-innovators-and-seeks-to-extend-innovation-fund-to-2030/#:~:text=Tuesday%2012%20July%202022%20(London,customers%2C%20the%20environment%20and%20society

Ofwat, the economic regulator of water services in England and Wales, has announced an ‘open access’ competition for ideas to transform water services for customers, the environment and society.

Launching in early 2023, the competition will form part of the next phase of Ofwat’s Innovation Fund, to primarily target early-stage innovation.

Approximately £4 million in funding will be allocated annually, with up to £500,000 available for individual entries from innovators from any sector including fintechs, manufacturers, community groups or local government. Entries will need to align with one or more of Ofwat’s four innovation themes:

  • adapting to climate change and achieving net zero emissions
  • protecting and enhancing the environment
  • delivering long-term operational resilience
  • improving the delivery of services for customers and society

Further details will be made available in the autumn.

£750 million Nature for Climate Fund

Organisation: UK Government

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-expansion-of-woodlands-for-communities-across-england

The UK Government is investing in the planting of millions of trees to expand our woodlands.

These woodlands will become larger, well-designed, and more diverse in order to be more reliant to the effects of climate change, including natural hazards. They will help to reduce flood risks, increase biodiversity, and provide sustainable UK grown timber.

Woodlands including the Humber and Mersey forests, and partners such as Northern Forest, National Forest and Great Northumberland Forest are set to benefit. These projects will expand the forests and woodlands near our cities, towns and villages, as well as our rivers.

One of the main aims is to get more people into nature and to improve people’s health and mental wellbeing.

Planting these trees is expected to absorb 600,000 tonnes of CO2 by 2050.

The forestry and environmental sectors are also set to benefit as green jobs will be created and economic growth with begin to spread throughout the country.

Climate Action Fund

Organisation: National Lottery Community Fund – Climate Action Fund

Link: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/climate-action-fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that the £100 million Climate Action Fund has re-opened for applications. Up to £8 million is available to community projects across the UK that are focusing on the link between nature and climate.

Groups can apply for National Lottery funding of up to £1.5 million over two to five years to support place based and UK-wide partnerships that use nature to encourage more community-led climate action and help communities tackle climate change. The National Lottery Community Fund expects most projects to be funded between £300,000 and £500,000.

Development grants of £50,000 to £150,000 over 12 to 18 months are also available for those communities wanting to develop initial ideas.

National Lottery Community Fund is interested in projects that can do at least one of the following:

  • show how creating a deeper connection with nature will lead to changing people’s behaviours and greater care for the environment
  • show how by bringing nature back into the places we live and work, we can help communities to reduce or adapt to the impacts of climate change

It is anticipated that 12 – 15 projects will be funded.

Applications will be accepted from:

  • local partnerships
  • UK-wide partnerships which are delivered across at least two UK countries (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales)

Community partnerships can be led by one of the following types of organisation:

  • constituted group or club
  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • charitable incorporated organisation (SCIO/CIO)
  • community interest company (CIC)
  • not-for-profit company limited by guarantee – applicants must be a registered charity or have a not-for-profit ‘asset lock’ clause in your articles of association
  • school, college, university (providing the project benefits and involves the wider local communities)
  • statutory body (including, town, parish and community council)
  • community benefit society

There is no deadline and applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis.

To get more information about this funding, you can attend an online event on:

  • 27 September 2022 – 12-1pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uGtxwYRgAk

Useful Links:
Projects funded in round 1

£5 Million Fund to Develop Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Technology (Scotland)

Organisation: Scottish Government – CO2 Utilisation Challenge Fund

Link: https://www.gov.scot/news/gbp-5-million-to-develop-carbon-dioxide-utilisation-technology/

In an effort to tackle climate change, a new two-year initiative has been launched to help develop emerging CO2 utilisation technology.

The funding will help businesses and organisations across Scotland to develop and make use of emerging technology to convert carbon dioxide into commercially useful forms, such as synthetic fuels and aquaculture proteins.

Grants are expected to be in the region of £150,000 to £500,000, and will cover up to 50% of incurred eligible costs. Priority will be given to projects that focus on products and processes with low carbon intensity.

The funding, which is being made available through the Scottish Government’s CO2 Utilisation Challenge Fund, will be administered by Scottish Enterprise and match-funded by industry.

£300 Million Fund for Climate Friendly Heating (Scotland)

Organisation: Scottish Government – Heat Network Fund

Link: https://www.gov.scot/publications/heat-network-fund-application-guidance/

To help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from homes and buildings, the Scottish Government has launched a new £300 million fund to support the development and roll-out of zero-emission heat networks.

The funding will be made available through the Heat Network Fund which aims to accelerate the development of heat networks by switching homes and non-domestic building from fossil fuels to zero emission heating.

The fund is open to both public and private sector applicants to support projects where the heat for individual homes and commercial properties is supplied from a communal source.

Expressions of interest can be submitted at any time.

£200 Million Fund Launched to Help Farmers Reach Net-Zero (UK)

Organisation: Virgin Money PLC – Agri E Fund

Link: https://uk.virginmoney.com/brighter-money/helping-farmers-create-a-greener-future/

Virgin Money PLC has launched a new £200 million fund to help the UK agriculture sector transition to net zero.

The Agri E Fund will offer low-cost loans for farmers to invest in suitable adaptations to their businesses which will reduce their on-farm emissions. Loans with 0% arrangement fees can be provided when farmers complete a carbon audit, and are looking to borrow over £50,000 to invest in emission reducing initiatives, like renewable energy, energy efficiency initiatives or activities that reduce greenhouse gases.

Virgin Money agriculture customers who are interested in or would like to find out more about the Agri E Fund, please contact your relationship manager.

No application deadline is given.

Free Trees for Schools & Community Groups (UK)

Organisation: Woodland Trust

Link: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/schools-and-communities/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwpv2TBhDoARIsALBnVnl4mX3ME2YPKMkKZu_l0kI5ujcVNuUrw9IhbLoocKo68CjWepkrLXQaAhtJEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Hundreds of thousands of trees are being given away to help the UK reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target.

Schools, nurseries, colleges, universities, outdoor learning centres, and other groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, scouts and guides from across the UK are amongst the organisations eligible to apply for up to 420 trees to improve their local environment.

Tree packs available include hedging, copse, wild harvest, year-round colour, working wood, wild wood, wildlife, and urban trees.

The Woodland Trust is currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in November 2022.

Applications are not currently being accepted from Northern Ireland.

Useful Links:
Frequently Asked Questions

Funding Available for Green Projects (UK)

Organisation: DPD

Link: https://green.dpd.co.uk/

Delivery company DPD has announced that grants of up to £2,000 are available through its Eco Fund. The fund is open to anyone but schools and educational facilities across the UK working on green projects with their students and start-up companies working on developing environmentally friendly products are particularly encouraged to apply.

Previous projects supported include:

  • Hinckley Academy, which received £1,000 to purchase seven recycling bins for the school canteen area. The bins in the canteen area allowed pupils to segregate waste, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
  • Pitmaston Primary School has received £1,700 funding to redevelop its forest school facility and plant hedgerows creating an environment for wildlife to thrive.

Applications are reviewed monthly and there are no application deadlines.

Funding Available for Low Carbon and Climate Change Projects (Hertfordshire)

Organisation: Hertfordshire County Council – Sustainable Hertfordshire Fund

Link: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/sustainable-hertfordshire-fund

Hertfordshire County Council, in partnership with Crowdfunder and Hertfordshire Community Foundation, has launched the Sustainable Hertfordshire Fund to support local projects to become carbon neutral and tackle climate change.

Not-for-profit voluntary and community organisations can apply for a grant to match funds of up to 50% of costs, up to £5,000, for projects that enable and inspire people to take action against climate change.

Projects could engage with people who would not normally be involved in sustainability issues, encourage people to become more active, deliver new programmes of education or help people to develop new skills, or provide people with volunteering opportunities.

A total of £50,000 in funding is available, and pledges will be allocated once projects have reached a minimum of 25% of their target.

Funding to Support the Manufacturing Industry to Reduce Emissions & Cut Waste (Scotland)

Organisation: Scottish Government – Low Carbon Manufacturing Challenge Fund

Link: https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/support-for-businesses/funding-and-grants/business-grants/low-carbon-manufacturing-challenge-fund

More than £25 million in funding is available over the next four years to support the Scottish manufacturing industry to reduce emissions and cut waste. The funding will support businesses that wish to pursue business growth by developing low carbon products, processes, technologies or services.

Grants of over £150,000 are available, with amounts varying depending on the type of proposal – whether it is a research and development, a capital investment, or an environmental aid project.

Businesses will be required to fund the rest of the project independently once an amount has been allocated.

The funding is being made available by the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Manufacturing Challenge Fund, and administered by Scottish Enterprise.

Funding will be available from 19th May 2022 until 31st March 2026 and applicants should submit an expression of interest in the first instance.

Postcode Community Trust Re-opens for Applications (Wales)

Orgaisation: Postcode Community Trust

Link: https://www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/

The Postcode Community Trust has announced that its grants programme will open to applications monthly from the 1st February 2022.

Funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the Trust makes grants to support smaller charities and good causes in Wales for projects that have a positive impact on communities and the environment. Community Benefit Societies and Community Interest Companies can apply for grants of up to £25,000, and other not for profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £2,500 to support both project and core costs.

To be eligible to apply, organisations will need to have an annual income of below £1 million with preference given to those with an income of below £500,000 per year.

A limited number of applications will be accepted each funding round in line with the amount of funds available. Applications may close quickly.

Applications will open at 9am on around the 1st of each month.

Useful Links:
Funding Guide

Round 12 of Government’s Heat Networks Delivery Unit Opens to Applications (England & Wales)

Organisation: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/heat-networks-delivery-unit#heat-network-guidance

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched a new round of its Heat Networks Delivery Unit which provides funding and guidance for local authorities in England and Wales who are developing heat network projects, helping them through each development stage.

This round will also allow registered social landlords, property developers, universities, NHS Trusts, and other government departments to apply for the funding of techno-economic feasibility studies and detailed project development support.

There is no upper or lower limit for public sector applications, but all other applicant organisations may only apply for up to £332,000 over a three-year period.  Some match funding is required.

The next application deadline is 12pm on the 1st July 2022.

Useful Links:
Guidance

Finance for Energy Efficiency Projects (Scotland)

Organisation: Salix – Recycling Fund Scheme

Link: https://www.salixfinance.co.uk/Salix_Funding

Scottish local authorities and universities are encouraged to apply for interest free loans to finance energy efficiency projects.

Through the Recycling Fund Scheme, Salix will provide ring-fenced funding in the form of a repayable grant which is matched by the participating public sector organisation to be spent on estate-wide energy efficiency retrofits.

The financial savings made from these projects are reinvested year-on-year for up to ten years to finance further energy reduction schemes.

Salix currently has 117 Recycling Fund partner organisations, with fund sizes varying from £100,000 to £1.6 million.

This scheme is closed to new applicants in England and Wales.

£54 million to innovative heat network projects in England

Organisation: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/54m-heat-network-funding-helps-households-ditch-fossil-fuels

  • Over £54 million in UK Government funding will enable the supply of clean energy to nearly 28,000 homes and businesses in England
  • Cash will support the rollout of heat networks helping reduce energy bills and support local regeneration
  • Move away from costly fossil fuels will see heat networks also help shore up the UK’s energy independence
LUSH Funding to Support Animal, Environmental & Human Rights Groups

Organisation: LUSH Charity Pot

Link: https://www.lush.com/uk/en/a/charity-pot-funding-guidelines

The handmade cosmetics company LUSH is offering funding to small not-for-profit organisations and campaign groups from the UK and around the world that are working in the areas of animal protection, the environment, and human rights.

LUSH Charity Pot grants award funding to non-violent direct-action groups for projects that aim to create long-term change, which often overlooked by other funders.

Almost all the groups funded by Charity Pot have an annual income of less than £250,000 and run entirely or predominantly by volunteers.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available

Applications can be made at any time.

Grants for Waste Prevention Initiatives for North London

Organisation: North London Waste Authority – North London Community Fund

Link: https://www.nlwa.gov.uk/campaigns-and-projects/north-london-community-fund#:~:text=NLWA%20has%20established%20the%20North%20London%20Community%20Fund,of%20existing%20waste%20prevention%20activity%20in%20north%20London

This Autumn, grants of up to £15,000 will be made available for community organisations and not-for-profits, for waste prevention initiatives in North London.

The funding will support organisations to develop new approaches to reduce waste and/or extend the reach and impact of existing waste prevention activity.

It will be made available by the North London Waste Authority through the North London Community Fund which has previously supported a range of local waste prevention projects across different waste streams, including textiles, waste electricals and food waste.

Grants to Help Reduce Waste and Over Consumption (UK)

Organisation: NatureSave Trust

Link: https://www.naturesave.co.uk/naturesave-trust/

Applications are now being accepted to the latest round of the NatureSave Trust’s grants programme, which is focusing on the circular economy.

Each year the Trust donates a percentage of their income generated from Naturesave Insurance and uses these funds to support environmental and conservation projects across the UK.

This funding round will provide grants of between £500 to £2,500 to help charities, community groups and social enterprises to deliver projects to reduce waste and over consumption of finite resources, with a focus on repairing, restoring, mending, sharing and repurposing. In the process, it is hoped that other benefits will be unlocked such as assisting with the cost-of-living crisis, creating purpose to those in need and helping communities come together and learn new skills.

No deadline given.

Useful Links:
Funding Guidelines

SBRI: the Small Business Research Initiative

Organisation: Innovate UK, UK Research and Innovation

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/sbri-the-small-business-research-initiative

SBRI brings together government challenges and ideas from business to create innovative solutions.

Funding to Help Support Tree Seed Production (England)

Organisation: Forestry Commission – Seed Sourcing Grant

Link: https://forestrycommission.blog.gov.uk/2022/08/18/how-new-funding-will-help-to-support-englands-tree-seed-production/

The Forestry Commission is launching a new Seed Sourcing Grant to support the sector in increasing the quantity, quality, and diversity of tree seed production in England.

The grant forms part of the government’s Nature for Climate Fund, which aims to create, restore, and protect vital climate-regulating ecosystems including peatlands and woodlands.

The funding will support any UK-based public, private or third sector organisation to deliver activities including developing a site management plan, putting in site access, clearing undergrowth or addingfencing, desk and field studies, and planning and planting of new seed stands and seed orchards.

Individual private landowners may also apply for eligible activities on their own land. Multi-year funding will be available.

Further information will be made available when the fund opens in Autumn 2022.

Funding of up to £200,000 available for Community and Environmental Projects (East Midland, West Midlands, South West England)

Organisation: Severn Trent Water – Community Fund

Link: https://www.stwater.co.uk/about-us/severn-trent-community-fund/

Local charities, volunteer and community groups, schools, colleges and local authority or parish councils in the Severn Trent Water region can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £200,000 to support new projects which make a real difference to the wellbeing of local communities.

The funding is being made available through the Severn Trent Water Community Fund and will support projects that:

  • help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills
  • help to create better places to live in and use
  • help look after the natural environment, give people greater access to that environment, or help look after water

Applications over £10,000 must be able to contribute at least 10% match funding. 

Severn Trent Water also welcomes applications that have a connection to water, such as creating sustainable drainage, installing grey water recycling, or creating water efficient green spaces.

The fund is overseen by a Community Fund Panel made up of our customers, who review applications on a quarterly basis.

There are no deadlines and applications are accepted at any time.

Useful Links:
Severn Trent Water Operations Area
Previously Supported Projects

Sustainable Community Projects

Organisation: Mortgage Advice Bureau Foundation

Link: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/mortgage-advice-bureau-foundation

The Mortgage Advice Bureau Foundation has teamed up with Crowdfunder to make £100,000 in funding available for sustainable community projects in England, Scotland and Wales.

Charities and community interest companies can apply for up to 50% of their crowdfunding target, up to a maximum of £5,000, to support projects that match one or more of the following themes:

  • the environment and conservation;
  • health and wellbeing;
  • the prevention or relief of poverty.

Projects could include rewilding projects, community gardens, social inclusion and mental health projects, sports projects, community food banks, money management and budgeting skills, and educational projects for communities to reduce their carbon footprint.

Projects must be delivered in 2022/2023.  No application deadline is given.

Useful Links:
Terms and Conditions

Loan Programme to Help Charities with Rising Energy Costs (England)

Organisation: Big Issue Invest – Big Energy Saving Loans

Link: https://www.bigissue.com/invest/big-energy-saving-loans/

Charities and social enterprises in England which are struggling with rising energy costs can apply for unsecured loans of between £20,000 and £150,000 to install energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.

The lending programme will enable organisations to save money on energy by installing a variety of measures such as:

  • Insulation
  • Buying and installing renewable energy equipment
  • Heat exchangers and heat pumps
  • LED light installations
  • Replacing old gas fired boiler systems with new efficient ones
  • Property improvements, such as extra single glazing on existing windows, double glazing improvements, systematic draught improvements
  • Energy efficiency survey and technical assistance costs

The funding is being made available by Big Issue Invest through their Big Energy Saving Loans.

Organisations should register their interest in the first instance.

Co-op Charity Launches Next Round of Carbon Innovation Fund (UK)

Organisation: Co-op Charity – Carbon Innovation Fund

Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carbon-innovation-fund-round-two-webinar-tickets-507458701637

The Co-op charity is inviting organisations to join them online to learn more about the Carbon Innovation Fund, which has 3.5 million in funding available.

Applications will open on the 1st of February 2023, and the focus of the second round of funding is to create a more sustainable and equitable food and farming industry. The charity will award grants ranging from £75,000 to £200,000 to organisations working to reduce dependence on soy-based animal or fish feed and/or synthetic fertilisers.

 

Information and application questions for the fund will be available on their website a week before the webinar, so interested parties can come prepared with any questions.

The Carbon Innovation Fund is the largest partnership between the charity and the Co-op, and is funded by Co-op donations from the sale of compostable carrier bags in the UK, as well as funds from the foundation.

Partners who are funded through the CIF will join the charity in building more sustainable communities, which is one of the main goals of their new “Building communities of the future together” strategy.

Funding Available for the Restoration of Peatland

Organisation: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme

Link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nature-for-climate-peatland-grant-scheme

From early April, environmental groups, local authorities, charities, public bodies, individual landowners, and organisations will be able to apply for funding to restore degraded peatlands in England through the Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme (NCPGS) Restoration grants. This competitive grant scheme aims to restore the whole hydrological unit of a peatland and reduce emissions from peat, with a goal of restoring 35,000 hectares of degraded peat by March 2025.

Applicants must have the authority to carry out the activities in their proposal and demonstrate how their proposal will deliver the scheme’s objectives, including wider benefits such as improved ecosystems and biodiversity, better water quality, natural flood management, and protection of historic environment features. Restoration Grant applicants can normally apply for up to 75% of the total project costs, and exceptional cases can apply for up to 85% of the cost.

Applicants can read more information about the scheme on Contracts Finder and attend webinars in March 2023 for further information. Potential applicants that would like to attend, email peatlandscheme@naturalengland.org.uk.

Details on how to apply will be added to the Natural England website before applications open.

Grants to Address Climate Change & Help People Live Sustainably

Organisation: The Sustainable Steps Wales – Egin Grants scheme

Link: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/sustainable-steps-wales-egin-grants

Voluntary and community groups in Wales can apply for grants of up to £15,000 for projects that address climate change in communities and help people live in a more sustainable way.

The Sustainable Steps Wales – Egin Grants scheme, funded through the Dormant Assets Scheme and administered by the National Lottery Community Fund, will support between 10 and 20 projects that enable people to act on climate change, reduce their impact on the climate, and to share what they have learnt.

A total of £3.75 million is available over 5 years and the scheme aims to support groups who might not normally feel included in conversations around climate and sustainability yet may be the most impacted.

The group making the application must have received mentoring from Egin and completed an Action plan. If applicant organisations are interested in being mentored please contact Egin – www.egin.org.uk.

The scheme is accepting applications until January 2027.

£1 Million Match Fund Launched to Protect & Restore Nature

Organisation: Aviva – Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund

Link: https://www.wwf.org.uk/press-release/save-our-wild-wild-isles-community-fund-launches

Aviva, in partnership with the RSPB and WWF, has launched a new £1 million fund to support community groups across the UK to protect and restore nature in their local area.

The Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund is a crowdfunding initiative that will give £2 for every £1 raised by each project. The matching applies to each individual donation up to £250, with a total of £5,000 in match funding available per community project.

A wide range of nature projects can be supported, from creating community gardens and replanting wildlife meadows, to protecting wildlife and promoting community connection to nature.

Applications can be made at any time until all funding has been allocated.

Funding for Projects that Promote a Better Understanding of the Environment and Countryside

Organisation: Nineveh Charitable Trust

Link: https://www.ninevehtrust.org.uk/

UK based schools and not for profit organisations can apply for funding to the Nineveh Charitable Trust for a broad range of projects and activities that promote a better understanding of the environment and countryside, whilst facilitating improved access, education and research.

Whilst the Trust does not specify a minimum or maximum grant amount that can be applied for, an analysis of previous grants would suggest a maximum of £5,000 per year for up to three years.

Previous projects supported include:

  • Busby Primary School which received a grant of £2,000 to build a ‘vertical garden’ for environment enhancement as well as the children’s educational value;
  • a grant of £1,400 to Bickleigh-On-Exe Primary School to create an all-weather school and community gardening area with poly-tunnel and shed; 
  • Castlemilk Day Nursery which received a grant of £5,000 to build a multi-function shelter with provision for special needs teaching; and
  • St Joseph’s Specialist School & College, which received a grant of £4,000 towards a community garden expansion. 

Applications are usually discussed at the Trustees’ quarterly meetings and applications can be submitted at any time.  

Grants of up to £100,000 Available to Encourage Sustainable Travel (Scotland)

Organisation: Paths for All – Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund

Link: https://www.pathsforall.org.uk/open-fund

Third and community sector organisations in Scotland, aiming to assist in reducing Scotland’s carbon emissions and enhancing air quality, can apply for grants of between £5,000 and £100,000. These grants are available through the Paths for All – Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) Open Fund.

The primary objective of the fund is to encourage individuals to alter their everyday travel behaviours. It seeks to incentivise the use of sustainable options, such as public transport, buses, and community car clubs, for longer journeys. Additionally, it promotes walking, cycling, and home working as alternatives for shorter trips and daily commutes.

The SCSP Open Fund supports projects that aim to address the pressing issues of sedentary lifestyles and health inequalities.

Organisations eligible for the Open Fund can utilise the grants not only to cover project-related expenses, including staff costs, but also for funding various activities, events, and resources such as maps.

The grants are available for a period of 12 months. Grant recipients are required to secure 50% of the funding through matching contributions from other sources, including in kind contributions.

Over the past five years, the Open Fund has successfully awarded £14.3 million in grants to support a wide range of projects across Scotland.

Applicants need to submit and Expression of Interest in the first instance.

Useful Links:
Application Guidance

Funding to Support Animal Protection, Environmental & Social Justice (UK/International)

Organisation: LUSH Charity Pot

Link: https://www.lush.com/uk/en/a/charity-pot-funding-guidelines

Grants of ranging from £100 to £10,000 are available to organisations working in the areas of animal protection, environmentalism, and social justice. The grants are funded by Lush, the British cosmetics company, and are made possible by sales of the Charity Pot hand and body lotion.

To be eligible for a grant, organisations must be run entirely or predominantly by volunteers and have an annual income of less than £350,000. They must also be not-for-profit and aligned with Lush’s values and ethics.

Since its inception in 2007, the Charity Pot grant has funded over 13,000 projects in 37 countries. Some of the organisations that have received grants include the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the Rainforest Action Network, and the Women’s Environmental Network.

The grants can be used to fund a wide range of projects, such as:

  • Animal rescue and rehabilitation
  • Environmental conservation
  • Social justice initiatives
  • Educational programmes

Applications can be made at any time.

Free Trees for Schools & Community Groups (UK)

Organisation: Woodland Trust

Link: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/schools-and-communities/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwpv2TBhDoARIsALBnVnl4mX3ME2YPKMkKZu_l0kI5ujcVNuUrw9IhbLoocKo68CjWepkrLXQaAhtJEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Hundreds of thousands of trees are being given away to help the UK reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target.

Schools, nurseries, colleges, universities, outdoor learning centres, and other groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, scouts, and guides from across the UK are among the organisations eligible to apply for up to 420 trees to improve their local environment.

Tree packs available include:

  • hedge,
  • copse,
  • wild harvest,
  • year-round colour,
  • working wood,
  • wild wood,
  • wildlife,
  • urban trees.

Applications can be made for up to four separate tree packs as long as the total does not exceed 420 trees.

The Woodland Trust is currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in March 2024.

Applications are not currently being accepted from Northern Ireland.

Applications are expected to close in January 2024, or sooner depending on stock availability.

Useful Links:
Frequently Asked Questions

Competition Announced to Create a New National Forest (England)

Organisation: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-forest-for-the-nation-to-improve-access-to-green-space

A competition for a new national forest will be launched by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs to help people across the country access nature.

Communities will be able to put their local areas forward, with applicants assessed on how the new forest would:

  • transform the local area
  • create habitats for wildlife
  • help the country meet net zero targets

The winning location will receive up to £10 million to help fund the project.

Successful bids will be announced by autumn 2024.

This funding comes alongside the announcement of two new community forests in Derbyshire and the Tees Valley, which will see around 370 hectares of woodland planted by 2025.