Environment and resources

Environment and resources

Introduction

Here you will find funding opportunities from other organisations relating to our universal theme of environment and resources.

Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund supports projects that are fighting climate change and building stronger, more resilient communities across the UK and are investing in two key areas:

  • Climate Action: Promoting healthy, thriving communities by preventing, preparing for and protecting against the impacts of climate change
  • Financial Wellbeing: Helping people take control of their wellbeing by giving them the tools to be more financially independent and ready for anything

The fund offers match funding (2:1) to individual donations made to a project of up to £250 per donation and £50,000 per organisation.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

Forest for the Nation

The Forest for the Nation competition invites bids from across England for ambitious and innovative woodland creation and management projects. This can include partnerships which involve connecting and enhancing existing woodlands.

Organisations are invited to put forward their local areas to become the new Forest for the Nation, with the winning bid announced in the autumn and receiving up to £10 million to help fund their project.

Deadline: 10am, 18 March.

Apply here.

Friends Provident Foundation

Charities, social enterprises, and private companies can apply for funding from the Friends Provident Foundation's 4D Economy Grants to support projects and activities that promote fairness and sustainability in the economy. The grants focus on four key areas: diversification, decarbonisation, democratisation, and decentralisation. Main grants of up to £200,000 are available for projects or core funding and applications can be made at any time, with decisions within 3-6 months. Small grants of up to £10,000 are also available to new and emergent organsiations, specific projects wishing to test an idea and projects bringing forward current marginalised voices in the economy, with decisions made within six weeks.

Deadline: rolling. The next deadline is 15th April 2024 at 5pm.

Apply here.

Matthew Good Foundation

Grants for good supports small organisations, voluntary groups or social enterprises that are making a big impact on communities, people or the environment; have an average income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months and have a bank account in the organisation's name. Every quarter five shortlisted projects will share £15,000 in unrestricted funds for any of their organisation's costs.

Deadline: applications accepted all year.

Apply here.

Real Farming Trust

Real Farming Trust understands the challenges that agroecological food and farming enterprises face in raising finance, whether that is waiting for a grant to come through or having the funds to grow and develop when you have no assets to secure against. The Loans for Enlightened Agriculture Programme (LEAP) offers you a mix of affordable loans and grants, side by side with a comprehensive mentoring programme and hands on approach. LEAP is a new model for financing and supporting food and farming enterprises that puts people and the biosphere at the heart of our food system. LEAP will provide a critical next step for community based agroecological enterprises that have relied on grant funding to date and who have had nowhere to go to finance their onward development.

Deadline: register interest by 22 March 2024.

Apply here.

Rewilding Britain

The idea behind the Rewilding Innovation Fund is to help remove barriers to rewilding projects within Britain, whether they’re at the early planning stages or want to move a project one step wilder. The fund is particularly keen to encourage applications from those who are taking an innovative approach to land and marine rewilding, which will help develop learning and evidence for others within the Rewilding network. Funds are awarded to projects with potential for the highest impact for people and nature.

Deadline: 29 February 2024.

Apply here.

The Cruach Trust

The Trust provides grants of up to £2,000 for projects on the natural environment, including gardens, and for community and music-related organisations throughout the United Kingdom. Registered or recognised charities, societies, trusts or other bodies. The Trust will only consider applications from Scottish organisations with an income of less than £500,000. Grants awarded previously include supporting a horticultural apprenticeship, arranged through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and grants for gardens, wildlife and the natural environment; for organisations working with children, young carers, the elderly, vulnerable and homeless; for music, the arts and cultural charities and for medical research and support.

Deadline: applications open in March 2024.

Apply here.

The Dulverton Trust

The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant-making charity. They support UK charities and CIOs (charitable incorporated organisations) tackling a range of social issues, protecting the natural world, and preserving heritage crafts. The trust will prioritise organisations that are medium-sized (with income between £200,000 and £3 million), have a national footprint and do not receive a significant proportion of income from government or local authority contracts.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

The Nineveh Charitable Trust

Supports a broad range of UK-based projects and activities of benefit to the General Public, with an emphasis on promoting a better understanding of the countryside. The Trust's aims are to promote the health, welfare and education of the general public and promotes; the study and appreciation of agriculture, silviculture, ecology and land management and the study and appreciation of land and estate management that encourages conservation of the countryside. Funding proposals from UK-registered charities and CICs (individual applicants may be considered) should address these aims.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

The Royal Society

The Royal Society's 'Tomorrow's Climate Scientists' programme funds schools specifically researching climate change and biodiversity topics.

Schools can apply for grants of up to £3,000 to run investigative STEM projects in partnership with STEM professionals from academia or industry. The programme provides an opportunity for students to have a voice in the direction of scientific research around climate change and biodiversity by working with their STEM partner.

Deadline: 30 April 2024.

Apply here.

The Shears Foundation

The Shears Foundation welcomes applications for grants of £5,000 from registered charities. The Foundation will support core costs, including staffing but will not contribute to capital projects. Charities must be working in one of their priority areas, currently:

  • The development of culture and the arts.
  • The development and provision of educational opportunities for adults and / or children.
  • Protection, preservation or enhancement of the natural environment.
  • Creating stronger / better / more sustainable communities.
  • Promoting health and medicine, with an emphasis on research or education. They currently don't consider applications from Hospices.

Deadline: applications considered on a quarterly basis. The next deadline is 29th February.

Apply here.

UK's National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF)

NLCF is making £10 million in funding available for community-led projects focused on the connection between energy use and climate change. Through the Climate Action Fund: Energy and Climate, community and voluntary organisations can apply for grants ranging from £500,000 to £1.5 million over 2 to 5 years. By addressing household energy use, which accounts for 20% of the country's carbon emissions, these projects aim to reduce carbon emissions while benefiting people's finances, health, and well-being. The NLCF encourages applications from local and UK-wide partnerships, as well as individual community organisations.

Deadline: 1 March 2024.

Apply here. From 27 March you can also apply for new funding from the Climate Action Fund.

Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund supports projects that are fighting climate change and building stronger, more resilient communities across the UK and are investing in two key areas:

  • Climate Action: Promoting healthy, thriving communities by preventing, preparing for and protecting against the impacts of climate change
  • Financial Wellbeing: Helping people take control of their wellbeing by giving them the tools to be more financially independent and ready for anything

The fund offers match funding (2:1) to individual donations made to a project of up to £250 per donation and £50,000 per organisation.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

Forest for the Nation

The Forest for the Nation competition invites bids from across England for ambitious and innovative woodland creation and management projects. This can include partnerships which involve connecting and enhancing existing woodlands.

Organisations are invited to put forward their local areas to become the new Forest for the Nation, with the winning bid announced in the autumn and receiving up to £10 million to help fund their project.

Deadline: 10am, 18 March.

Apply here.

Friends Provident Foundation

Charities, social enterprises, and private companies can apply for funding from the Friends Provident Foundation's 4D Economy Grants to support projects and activities that promote fairness and sustainability in the economy. The grants focus on four key areas: diversification, decarbonisation, democratisation, and decentralisation. Main grants of up to £200,000 are available for projects or core funding and applications can be made at any time, with decisions within 3-6 months. Small grants of up to £10,000 are also available to new and emergent organsiations, specific projects wishing to test an idea and projects bringing forward current marginalised voices in the economy, with decisions made within six weeks.

Deadline: rolling. The next deadline is 15th April 2024 at 5pm.

Apply here.

Matthew Good Foundation

Grants for good supports small organisations, voluntary groups or social enterprises that are making a big impact on communities, people or the environment; have an average income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months and have a bank account in the organisation's name. Every quarter five shortlisted projects will share £15,000 in unrestricted funds for any of their organisation's costs.

Deadline: applications accepted all year.

Apply here.

Real Farming Trust

Real Farming Trust understands the challenges that agroecological food and farming enterprises face in raising finance, whether that is waiting for a grant to come through or having the funds to grow and develop when you have no assets to secure against. The Loans for Enlightened Agriculture Programme (LEAP) offers you a mix of affordable loans and grants, side by side with a comprehensive mentoring programme and hands on approach. LEAP is a new model for financing and supporting food and farming enterprises that puts people and the biosphere at the heart of our food system. LEAP will provide a critical next step for community based agroecological enterprises that have relied on grant funding to date and who have had nowhere to go to finance their onward development.

Deadline: register interest by 22 March 2024.

Apply here.

Rewilding Britain

The idea behind the Rewilding Innovation Fund is to help remove barriers to rewilding projects within Britain, whether they’re at the early planning stages or want to move a project one step wilder. The fund is particularly keen to encourage applications from those who are taking an innovative approach to land and marine rewilding, which will help develop learning and evidence for others within the Rewilding network. Funds are awarded to projects with potential for the highest impact for people and nature.

Deadline: 29 February 2024.

Apply here.

The Cruach Trust

The Trust provides grants of up to £2,000 for projects on the natural environment, including gardens, and for community and music-related organisations throughout the United Kingdom. Registered or recognised charities, societies, trusts or other bodies. The Trust will only consider applications from Scottish organisations with an income of less than £500,000. Grants awarded previously include supporting a horticultural apprenticeship, arranged through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and grants for gardens, wildlife and the natural environment; for organisations working with children, young carers, the elderly, vulnerable and homeless; for music, the arts and cultural charities and for medical research and support.

Deadline: applications open in March 2024.

Apply here.

The Dulverton Trust

The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant-making charity. They support UK charities and CIOs (charitable incorporated organisations) tackling a range of social issues, protecting the natural world, and preserving heritage crafts. The trust will prioritise organisations that are medium-sized (with income between £200,000 and £3 million), have a national footprint and do not receive a significant proportion of income from government or local authority contracts.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

The Nineveh Charitable Trust

Supports a broad range of UK-based projects and activities of benefit to the General Public, with an emphasis on promoting a better understanding of the countryside. The Trust's aims are to promote the health, welfare and education of the general public and promotes; the study and appreciation of agriculture, silviculture, ecology and land management and the study and appreciation of land and estate management that encourages conservation of the countryside. Funding proposals from UK-registered charities and CICs (individual applicants may be considered) should address these aims.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

The Royal Society

The Royal Society's 'Tomorrow's Climate Scientists' programme funds schools specifically researching climate change and biodiversity topics.

Schools can apply for grants of up to £3,000 to run investigative STEM projects in partnership with STEM professionals from academia or industry. The programme provides an opportunity for students to have a voice in the direction of scientific research around climate change and biodiversity by working with their STEM partner.

Deadline: 30 April 2024.

Apply here.

The Shears Foundation

The Shears Foundation welcomes applications for grants of £5,000 from registered charities. The Foundation will support core costs, including staffing but will not contribute to capital projects. Charities must be working in one of their priority areas, currently:

  • The development of culture and the arts.
  • The development and provision of educational opportunities for adults and / or children.
  • Protection, preservation or enhancement of the natural environment.
  • Creating stronger / better / more sustainable communities.
  • Promoting health and medicine, with an emphasis on research or education. They currently don't consider applications from Hospices.

Deadline: applications considered on a quarterly basis. The next deadline is 29th February.

Apply here.

UK's National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF)

NLCF is making £10 million in funding available for community-led projects focused on the connection between energy use and climate change. Through the Climate Action Fund: Energy and Climate, community and voluntary organisations can apply for grants ranging from £500,000 to £1.5 million over 2 to 5 years. By addressing household energy use, which accounts for 20% of the country's carbon emissions, these projects aim to reduce carbon emissions while benefiting people's finances, health, and well-being. The NLCF encourages applications from local and UK-wide partnerships, as well as individual community organisations.

Deadline: 1 March 2024.

Apply here. From 27 March you can also apply for new funding from the Climate Action Fund.

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