The Crowdfunding Nature initiative is now well under way with Froglife successfully raising over £3500 for their nature reserve project in Peterborough.
Three other campaigns are currently live and it would be great if you could support them;
The Greensand Trust’s Love a duck:http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/love-a-duck/
The National Trusts Dormice project: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/giving-the-dormice-of-danbury-a-home/
And the Wildlife Trust BCN’s Great Fen Project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wildlifebcn/great-fen-great-fun
The East of England Biodiversity Forum with the support of Natural England is testing the effectiveness of crowdfunding to help raise the profile and funding for nature based activities in the East of England. The cost of maintaining and further improving sites of high nature conservation interest is significant.
These costs are further increased when public access, learning and education programmes are being encouraged on these sites. As funding from the more traditional sources is becoming more and more competitive crowdfunding is being looked at as a way of boosting funds for specific projects.
However, if the ‘crowd’ doesn’t pledge anything towards the projects then they won’t proceed. One project from Froglife has already been successful in raising £3500 for their nature reserve in Peterborough, 3 more projects have now gone live, some with only a couple of weeks left to raise the funds.
PS. All the video’s are worth watching – great fun was had by all!
Improving people’s lives by improving their environment.
It is good to see that the Greggs Foundation have launched a new environmental programme funded by the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops across the country. The programme is a pilot and the outcomes will be reviewed after six months.
The programme is community focussed and applicants need to show how people, particularly disadvantaged people will benefit. All projects must have an environmental benefit. Only organisations with a turnover of below £300,000 are able to apply. There are two grant levels, £2500 and £10000. When applying think about where your nearest Greggs shop is located.
This new environmental funding is to be welcomed and I very much hope that the Foundation publish the findings of their review once completed as it will be useful to see how communities make use of the grant and the benefits gained. Having previous experience of assessing grants I think that one finding may be that the time taken to assess a mass of grants up to £2500 may be too time consuming for their committees and the £300,000 cap on organisations may again be too low, but time will tell.
Photo: Pete Johnstone
Through the East of England Biodiversity Forum we are encouraging 6 projects to be worked up as crowdfunding campaigns to be launched over the coming months.
All of the projects covering the counties of Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire will have a focus on nature and will aim to test and demonstrate the effectiveness of using crowdfunding as a mechanism to raise funds and profile for nature conservation work.
The workshop in November gave the participating groups an opportunity to learn more about how crowdfunding works and to help each other build a stronger case for their individual campaigns.
Some of the feedback included:
- De-mystifying the whole crowdfunding thing and helped that it was such a friendly atmosphere;
- Aware now of how to build a strong campaign and avoid the pitfalls;
- Pooling collective ideas and experience.
The workshop was facilitated by Anne Strachan of CrowdfundUK and funded by Natural England.
Pete Johnstone of PJ.elements said, If crowdfunding can deliver benefits for business, then it can work for nature too, we have just got to get better at engaging a wider audience in the work that we do.
As the campaigns get launched we will be promoting them on this website as well as elsewhere so watch out for them and please support them if you can.
Thanks to Watergull Orchards for donating a case of their excellent apple juice for our lunch!
Here is some good news for once on green space funding. Groundwork are working with Tesco to improve greenspaces in England, Wales and Scotland. It’s called the Tesco Local Community Scheme.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund wants to have a positive long a long term effect on rural communities by helping people who live and work in the countryside tackle and resolve key rural issues.The Fund can provide grants towards three priority areas:
- Thriving Rural Communities
- Rural Livehoods
- Farmers for the Future
This is a good grant scheme, particularly aimed at the countryside as opposed to may grant schemes that focus on urban issues. The Fund its self is funded by donations from events and companies such as clothing company Barbour and food giant Country Life who have an interest in the well-being of the countryside.
As always if you would like help with developing an application please get in touch.
The grant application opens on the 7th September and close on the 8th October 2015
Details: The Prince’s Countryside Fund
Photo: Pete Johnstone
The Dream Fund from the People’s Postcode Lottery is now open for applications. Charities are able to apply for up to £1 million to deliver their dream project in the areas of Wales, Scotland or England.
This is really one of the most exciting grant fund opportunities around and although their are only a handful of winners each year it is certainly worth a try if you have an inspiring project in mind. The Dream Fund has a 3 stage process so not all the preparation work has to be done at the first stage.
Deadline: Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Details: Dream Fund
The current funding theme for the Bupa UK Foundation is Mid-life Mental Health.
Mental health underpins health and wellbeing and impacts everyone.
For many people mid-life, from the late 20s to early 50s can be a time of increased challenges, responsibilities and pressures in their working lives, family lives and relationships.
Therefore, the Bupa UK Foundation is looking to fund projects that supports and improves people’s mental health at this critical life stage.
This is the first funding programme from the Bupa Foundation and it is to be welcomed. We are gathering more and more evidence that contact with nature and the natural environment can be beneficial to people’s health and wellbeing and I very much hope that the Bupa Foundation will consider and fund applications that involve contact with nature. However for them to do so they have got to receive some applications in the first place. So this is a call to get people thinking about submitting an application. The closing date is early September so there is not long to identify projects.
As always if you require help with an application please let me know. Either way I would be keen to hear of organisations submitting an application that uses the natural environment as a key component.
Closing date: Friday 4th September 2015
New funding programme for wildlife charities
I spotted this new fund recently that might be useful for a UK Wildlife charity. However, it is not obvious to me how one applies or whether the grants have to be marine based – if anyone finds out please let me know!
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has supported more than 800 conservation projects across the globe, donating more than $11 million since it was established in 2003. The new Fun2Fund donation programme provides extra funding for UK registered wildlife charities, to make even more of a difference.