Funding and grants

Grants for Community and Environmental Projects (England)

The Veolia Environmental Trust has launched its latest funding round, offering grants to support community and environmental initiatives. Available grants include Community Grants and Habitat and Biodiversity grants, both ranging from £10,000 to £75,000, designed for not-for-profit organisations and local authorities. These grants aim to develop or enhance community buildings and outdoor spaces and conserve, restore, and improve threatened habitats and biodiversity. Additionally, for larger landscape-scale projects focused on habitat creation, management, and species protection, Environmental Improvement grants exceeding £75,000 are also offered. The closing date for applications is 12 midday on 27 June 2024.

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Funding for School Climate & Biodiversity Projects (UK)

Primary and secondary schools in the UK can apply for grants of up to £3,000 to support projects and activities addressing climate change and biodiversity issues.  The Royal Society’s Tomorrow’s Climate Scientists Programme makes the funding available. This programme is an extension of the Society’s Partnership Grants and supports schools in their efforts to engage students in addressing critical environmental challenges while promoting STEM education.

To be eligible for these grants, schools must have two project partners. The lead applicant should be a school; the second partner should be a STEM professional from academia or industry. The primary purpose of the funding is to facilitate the purchase of necessary equipment for these projects.

The Partnership Grants scheme operates annually and follows a two-stage application process. There are  three possible submission deadlines throughout the year. The next deadline for both stage 1 and stage 2 applications is 1 July 2024.

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Funding for Tree Planting Projects (England)

Local government bodies in England, such as Borough, District, City Councils, County Councils, Unitary and Metropolitan Boroughs, can apply for grants ranging from £50,000 to £300,000 for the planting and natural colonisation of trees in areas that are not part of established woodland areas. These areas include parklands, riparian zones, urban areas, beside roads and footpaths, and trees in hedgerows and field boundaries. The primary goal of these grants is to help restore tree cover in non-woodland areas that have been negatively impacted by issues such as disease, habitat degradation, or ageing tree stock. The LATF is open all year and operates on a first-come first-served basis.  Applications are assessed every 2 months.  The next cut off points for submitting applications is 30 June 2024.

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Grants for Community & Environmental Projects (England & Scotland)

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to deliver projects that improve communities and the environment. The funding is made available through the SUEZ Communities Fund for projects that improve public amenities, repair religious or historic buildings, or support biodiversity in areas surrounding Suez landfill sites. The maximum grant amount is £50,000 for projects in England and £25,000 in Scotland. Funding typically covers materials, equipment, and contractors for improvement work. The application deadline is 7 August 2024 for Scotland and 14 August 2024 for England.

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Funding of up to £200,000 Available for Community & Environmental Projects (East Midlands, West Midlands, South West England)

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 local community projects. The funding is being made available through the Severn Trent Water Community Fund. It will support projects that help people lead healthier lifestyles, gain new skills, create better places to live in and use, and protect the natural environment. Match funding is required for applications over £10,000. The next closing date for applications of between £10,001 and £200,000 is 11 August 2024. The next closing date for applications of up to £10,000 is 10 July 2024.

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Grants to Help Disabled & Disadvantaged People Connect with Nature (England & Wales)

Applications are invited from registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in England and Wales for projects that help disabled or disadvantaged people connect with nature and the countryside.

The funding, made available through the CLA Charitable Trust, supports projects that improve the physical and mental health and well-being of disabled or disadvantaged people by helping them visit and participate in recreational and educational opportunities in the countryside.

A wide range of organisations providing activities engaging young people and communities will be supported, such as:

  • farms providing day or residential experiences for disabled or disadvantaged young people
  • growing projects, including horticultural therapy and community projects supporting people through outdoor activities and gardening
  • forest school-type activities, giving people the opportunity to utilise their outdoor spaces for the benefit of their mental and physical wellbeing
  • conservation and environmental projects, giving people the chance to learn about the natural environment and how to care for it

Applications are particularly welcomed for projects for children and young people who are disadvantaged financially, physically, mentally, or from areas of deprivation.

Grants of up to £5,000 will be awarded to support projects, capital works and running costs.

Expressions of interest should be submitted in the first instance. Successful organisations will be invited to submit a full application. There are no application deadlines.

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