The Litter Innovation Fund (England)

The Litter Innovation Fund

Grants from the Litter Innovation Fund of up to £10,000 are available for local authorities, NP’s, charities and not for profit organisations for projects that can demonstrate innovative and creative solutions to reducing litter in local areas in England.

It is good to see environmental grant funding coming out of the Government. Also pleasing to see the grant criteria being set quite broadly and that funding can  go towards a variety of activities including, staffing, education and awareness, innovative messaging to target audiences, signage and campaigning.

Fly tipping

The Litter Innovation Fund is looking to stop fly tipping like this as seen on the Isle of Wight

At least 10% match funding is required from charities and public funded organisations

However, slightly disappointing to see that all projects have to be completed within a six month time scale of the grant being awarded as often it takes time to get these projects up and running, but it appears that more funding rounds will be coming up in the future.

Two stage grant application

  • Expression of Interest – closes 26 September
  • Assessment period – 27 September – 13 October
  • Invite submission of full applications – w/c 16 October
  • Application round closes – 17 November

Total pot of money available is £450,000, 10% of which will be aimed at reducing litter entering the marine environment.

The Litter Innovation Fund is a new programme with funding coming from Defra and DCLG and is being administered by WRAP.

Details:  http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/litter-innovation-fund

Deadline: 26th September 2017

Crowdfunding Nature – evaluation video on recent work to test the effectiveness of crowdfunding for wildlife organisations in the East of England

Crowdfunding Nature – Project Update (June 2016)

Keep the Nightingales Singing!

Project update: As part of the Crowdfunding for Nature project, Natural England and local charity Nene Coppicing and Crafts raised £5200 from 90 backers from the UK crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder.
Crowdfunding Nature is an initiative run by the East of England Biodiversity Forum and managed by PJ.elements and CrowfundUK. The initiative is currently undergoing evaluation and a short video of the lessons learned to help other environmental organisations with crowdfunding campaigns will be out soon.

Crowdfunding Nature with Froglife

Project Update. Froglife’s campaign is now live – please support it if you can: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/hoppy-families

 

At last the vision of Crowdfunding Nature is beginning to take shape. I spent a lovely morning with Cat Duerden from Froglife at their Boardwalks Local Nature Reserve in Peterborough as they filmed their pitch for their first venture into crowdfunding.

Cat explained: Froglife are planning to launch our exciting new crowdfunding campaign in early February to raise £3500 to create a ‘Hoppy Families’ Nature Trail. As part the campaign we want to encourage more people to visit the Boardwalks as although the reserve is free and easily accessible and close to the city centre, few people seem to know about this beautiful greenspace.

Getting the filming script right

Getting the filming script right.

Crowdfunding Nature is a pilot project being run by the East of England Biodiversity Forum with Natural England to test the effectiveness of crowdfunding to help raise the profile and funding for nature based activities in the East of England. Close behind Froglife are 6 other environmental groups working up their own crowdfunding project to be launched in the coming months.

The Crowdfunding Nature project initiated by PJ.elements with the help of CrowdfundUK is providing training and ongoing support for the environmental groups involved in the project.

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The Boardwalks Local Nature Reserve, Peterborough.

Crowdfunding has proved itself as an effective way of doing commerce in the business world yet I believe their are real opportunities for nature to benefit as well. We just need to get the right mix of people and projects together and inspire public to get involved. I am looking forward to the Froglife crowdfunding campaign coming out and seeing the video too – it is going to be fun!

I will be sure to blog the crowdfunding campaigns on this website and on Twitter as they go live – all help in promoting the campaigns once launched we be gratefully appreciated.

Pete Johnstone

PJ.elements

Photos: ©Pete Johnstone.

Main picture: Katie with video, Cat Duerden centre and Richard with Lionel the Frog.

New Pocket Parks programme England (but be quick!)

DCLG have recently announced £1.5 million is available for the creation of up to 100 Pocket Parks in deprived areas of England (excluding London). That’s the good news – the not so good news is that applications have to be in by 10th December (2015) with work completed by this financial year. So this will probably only apply to projects that are nearly ready to go as only limited community consultation will be possible within this short timespan.

The programme itself looks good with all the encouragement to seek a Green Flag Community Award and to get the site registered as an Asset of Community Value under the Local Greenspace Designation.

Deadline for applications: 5pm Thursday 10th December 2015

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/474368/151103_Pocket_Parks_Prospectus.pdf

DCLG describe Pocket Parks as locally identified, smaller areas of green space ultra-local to where people live and work – can provide those wellbeing opportunities, as well as helping to improve community integration, community pride and social action, especially where communities are involved in the upkeep and development decisions of the park.

Photo: Fairstead Doorstep Green, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.  Pete Johnstone

 

Wisbech Missing Links

Over the next couple of months PJ.elements will be joining forces with Cambridgeshire ACRE to undertake the Wisbech Missing Links project.

Wisbech and the surrounding fenland villages having been recognised as having poor access to local services and the surrounding countryside due to a fragmented rights of way network. This project aims to make access from the villages surrounding Wisbech into the market town through joining up the rights of way network.

One of the Bridleways to be found around Wisbech

One of the rights of way to be found around Wisbech.

The Wisbech Missing Links project aims to:

1. Improve the existing rights of way network around Wisbech to make it more accessible and ‘user-friendly’ for local people to use and;
2. Increase the number of local people using the rights of way network in and around Wisbech for both access to services and for leisure purposes.

The project is funded by Cambridgeshire County Council and is undertaken with the support of the Cambridgeshire Local Access Forum (CLAF).

The CLAF played a major role in the development of the Cambridgeshire Rights of Way Improvement Plan and it identifies Fenland as one of the areas for for right of way network improvements.

Notes:

Cambridgeshire Local Access Forum (CLAF), is a statutory body, set up under the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW), to provide advice to local authorities and other statutory undertakers on access to the countryside, is keen to work with others on improving the rights of way network, in and around Wisbech; and as a way of increasing the opportunities for local residents to access local services, surrounding countryside and green space.

 

Cambridgeshire County Council

Cambridgeshire Local Access Forum

Dream Fund (Scotland, Wales, England)

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

 

 

Bupa UK Foundation – Mid Life Mental Health grant funding (UK)

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.

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

Closing date: Friday 4th September 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.bupaukfoundation.org/page/How_to_apply/

New Funding programme for UK wildlife charities

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.

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