Coastal Revival Fund (England)

The Government is inviting bids for a £3 million Coastal Revival Fund (CRF) which is funding to be Spent in 2015/16.

The CRF will support projects to help revive heritage assets that are important to local communities but not yet reached their full potential or are facing neglect. Grants will support communities looking to unlock the economic potential of those hard to tackle buildings,landscapes, facilities and amusements and sustain them in the long term.

Always please contact me if you require any help with the application.

Details: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coastal-revival-fund-bidding-prospectus-and-application-form

Closing date: 14th September 2015.

Photo  © Pete Johnstone

Urban regeneration in New York

The High Line, New York

The High Line, New York showing viewing platform

I had a great opportunity to visit the High Line in New York recently to meet some staff and volunteers who gave an excellent tour of this city regeneration initiative.

Built in the late 1920s as a freight only line the ‘High Line’ in New York served many factories and warehouses and was raised above ground to reduce congestion, improve safety and increase efficiency.

By 1980 the last train ran along the tracks and for the next decade or so the High Line became derelict and a no go area. It was only with the threat of demolition in  the 1990s that local people and city organisations came together to work out a future for the line.

And what a great example of urban regeneration it has been! I was particularly impressed with how well it is managed with a combination of the Friends of the High Line volunteers and staff and the city parks dept among others. Plus how the old architecture fits in with the modern new build of offices and homes. Now a tourist attraction in its own right the next section to be opened, with views of the Hudson River, will have minimal management where visitors  will be able to walk along a path through self-sown vegetation to contrast that of the more managed southern section.

The High Line

The High Line’s unique planting set against new build.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The High Line is well worth a visit when next in New York and hopefully inspiration for UK projects in Liverpool and London who have used Spacehive to help crowdfund and promote their work

More High Line images can be viewed here.

Environmental crowdfunding in Scotland

Well done to the charity greenspace scotland for having the initiative and for being brave enough to trial out environmental crowdfunding as a way of funding improvements to local green space in Scotland. With funding and support from Nesta’s Rethinking Parks programme and the Heritage Lottery Fund they have created their own bespoke crowdfunding platform for Scottish parks and greenspace. 

 The eventual success of MyParkScotland will no doubt lie in the hands of local communities coming up with the projects and finding the funds to make them happen themselves. However, could the wider UK (and even further afield?) parks and greenspace community give them a helping hand and  support them on their way by making a small donation online?  If we as a community can prove that environmental crowdfunding can work then friends of parks groups and greenspace organisations across the UK and elsewhere will learn and may gain from this success.

 

Julie Procter, CEO of greenspace scotland explains the background:

 

“With funding pressures, finding new and innovative ways to make the financing and management of parks and greenspace sustainable is vital to ensuring their future.  We need to make sure we maintain and keep our parks in good heart today and for the benefit of generations to come. MyParkScotland is our response to this challenge.

MyParkScotland provides a new way to raise funds for projects in parks today and to develop endowment funds to safeguard these national treasures for future generations.

Park users often told us they would like to be able to support their local park but there wasn’t an easy way to do this. That’s why we developed MyParkScotland as a safe and easy way for people to donate to support park improvement projects developed by Friends of Parks and other local groups.

What makes MyParkScotland different to many traditional crowdfunding platforms is that, as an independent Scottish charity, we are able to reclaim Gift Aid on most donations. This ‘extra funding’ is being used to build sustainability and endowment funds for Scotland’s parks. If there isn’t a current project in their favourite park, park lovers are also able to make donations through the website to a specific park or city park endowment fund.

MyPark Scotland FULL COLOUR low res

 

We’re pioneering the development of MyParkScotland in Edinburgh and Glasgow, with the intention to extend across Scotland. We hope that MyParkScotland will make an important contribution to the future sustainability of our parks and will encourage people to think about using crowdfunding as part of the project funding mix.

We would be delighted if supporters of environmental crowdfunding would take a look at the MyParkScotland website – we’d love to hear your feedback – and you might like to make a small pledge to support one of the projects!”

 

MyParkScotland is the only Scottish project within Nesta’s Rethinking Parks programme and is funded by Nesta and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Rethinking Parks aims to support organisations to develop new approaches to sustaining and making the most of the UK’s parks.

 

Pete Johnstone is an advocate of environmental crowdfunding and his case study on the subject can be seen here

Images:  © greenspace scotland

 

PJ.elements Sale! 20% off all commissioned work in June*

Walking down the High Street the other day I saw every other shop had a sale or promotion on. I thought if retailers can do it then so can I!

So for the month of June I am offering 20% off both my half day and full day rate*. This offer applies to my existing clients and new prospective customers alike.

Examples of my work include scoping funds for protects and charities, project development, grant applications, crowdfunding strategies and fundraising campaigns along with environmental and community photography.

To discuss a project or an idea you might have in mind and to get a quote please contact me.

Email: Pete.johnstone@pjelements.co.uk

Tel: 07842 572632

NB. Prospective new customers please note that I normally ask for a written brief or outline of what you require before I can quote for the work.

* Discount does not apply to travel costs, subsistence or other similar expenses. 20% discount only applies to work commissioned in June 2015.

Payment terms are 14 days on receipt of invoice.

A new Technical Note on Crowdfunding from the Landscape Institute.

Pete Johnstone from the environmental consultancy PJ.elements was recently commissioned by the Landscape Institute to write a Technical Note on Crowdfunding for members of the Institute.

Simon Odell, Head of the Landscape institute’s Technical and Professional Services said ‘’The principle of the church spire appeal has been with us for many years, but crowdfunding in its current form is a relatively new digital method of fundraising and offers real opportunities for our members struggling on behalf of local communities on local greenspace projects to achieve a critical mass of funding in this times of public sector cuts.

But conceptually I am also interested in its potential to be a mechanism for delivering payment for ecosystem services (PES) schemes, which have yet to be fully realised.

We choose Pete to write the Technical Note for his tremendous background experience with the body now called Natural England coupled with a clear expertise in environmental crowdfunding.  In fact I haven’t encountered anyone who knows more about the subject area than he has.’’

The use of crowdfunding as a way of raising funds and profile is a proven business technique which is now being taken up by not for profit organisations in their drive to find new ways of raising funds. It is not going to work for every project and other fundraising methods may well be more appropriate. On large projects of, say £10,000 or more it may worthwhile combining different techniques to reach your goal. Though be warned crowdfunding is not the easy option – even to raise a modest amount of money takes time and commitment!

Crowdfunding only works where the public is inspired enough to make a pledge. If not enough people are inspired then the project is not funded.

Pete has written a case study on environmental crowdfunding which can be viewed here.

Pete is an Affiliate member of the Landscape Institute.   For more information on the work of the Landscape Institute visit http://www.landscapeinstitute.co.uk/

 

Nb.If your organisation would like help with developing a crowdfunding strategy or project please contact pete.johnstone@pjelements.co.uk

Walk for Wifi – at Waterbeach school

The sponsored walk along the river Cam from Waterbeach to Ely was completed on Saturday 25th April – thank you to all who sponsored the walk. So far over £900 has been raised to get good wifi and IT equipment into the school.

There is still time to sponsor at Mydonate:

https://mydonate.bt.com/events/walkforwifi/218062

 

 

 

 

New charitable funds from the Bupa UK Foundation

A new grant giving Foundation has recently been established: The Bupa UK Foundation aims to award £1 million in 2015, its first year of operation.

The Foundation says it has a strong interest in tackling health conditions that can affect everyone including heart health, cancer, Type 2 diabetes and dementia.

The first funding round will be announced in mid-May. The Foundation expects the vast majority of projects funded will be delivered in 1 – 2 years.

It is good news that new charitable funding will available for health prevention – let’s hope that the Trustees will be innovative in their approach and accept funding applications that include natural environment based activities in their approach to health and wellbeing.

These initiatives could include walking cycling, physical activity and community food growing. Natural environment based activities have so much to offer in treating a range of illnesses and in keeping people healthy and fit, but finding funds to run such activities is difficult so any opportunity for new grant money, such as from the Bupa UK Foundation, would be welcome news indeed.

Details: http://www.bupaukfoundation.org/

Applications open: Mid-May 2015

The End of World War 2: Small grants fund (Cambridgeshire only)

Summer 2015 marks the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War 2. Cambridgeshire County Council has announced a small grants fund to encourage community activity.

Although only up to £500 these grants could be usefully used by community groups, charities, allotment groups, local museums and other groups to promote and encourage community activity linked to this important anniversary.

Deadline: Two rounds 9th February and 9th March 2015

Details: Cambridgeshire World War 2 grants

Photo: Bottisham Airfield Museum: Pete Johnstone

Breaking New Ground grants (Brecks – Suffolk, Norfolk)

People’s Pot Community Grants: Grants are available for local and voluntary sector organisations to create and deliver projects that will extend an understanding and appreciation of the Brecks landscape and benefit people.

The grants are available through HLF and their highly successful Landscape Partnership Scheme funding.

Details: http://www.breakingnewground.org.uk/what-is-bng-2/people-s-pot/

Deadline: 31st March 2015

PS: The Brecks are a great place to visit!  – heathland, Forest walks – good walking, cycling and wonderful wildlife.

Think Big with O2 (UK)

O2 will open their Think Big with O2 youth programme on the 16th January 2015.

Think Big will support young people in the UK (between 13 – 25 years old) who want to make positive changes to their communities.

Initially  small grants of £300 may be offered to get the project off the ground. Larger grants can then be awarded if the initial project is successful. Project support can also be provided.

Details: http://www.o2thinkbig.co.uk/

Programme opens: 16th January 2015

It is good that one of the major telecoms firms have launched a community grants programme of this type, albeit with small grants and I wonder if they are the only one – do other firms have similar or even better programmes – please let me know if you know of any?