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.


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


Our Big Gig 2015 (England)

An innovative way to encourage crowdfunding is being made by Superact. The organisation is offering one off grants of £100  to enable community groups to start their own crowd funding campaign so that they can raise more money from their community to take part in Our Big Gig to be run later in  the summer.

The event is being organised by Superact, a not for profit music and arts organisation that uses creativity to help improve the health and well-being of people from all backgrounds and abilities.

Well done to Superact for this good idea!

Projects have to be registered with the crowdfunding platform Spacehive by 31st May 2015.



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:





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.


Applications open: Mid-May 2015

Living Waterways Awards 2015 (UK)

The Canal and River Trust has announced that the 2015 Living Waterway Awards are now open for entries

The Living Waterways Award celebrate the work done by individuals, communities and organisations to improve canals and waterways

Deadline: 13th March 2015.


Photo: Pete Johnstone. The River Cam. ©

Accelerator – crowdfunding artists

Launched in August 2014, Accelerator is the new crowdfunding platform for creative people.

Developed by Ideas Tap, and arts charity and funder, Accelerator is offering artists a way to raise project funding themselves, without the normal commission fees normally charged by other crowdfunding platforms. Let’s hope that this new crowdfunding platform can get enough publicity and backing to become a valuable supporter of the arts.

Sponsored by the Peter De Haan Charitable Trust, Accelerator will accept campaigns relating to the arts including photography, film, visual arts, journalism and writing and publishing.

Details:  Ideas Tap

Our Environment Our Future UK

Our Environment Our Future – Expressions of Interest requested.

This is a new £30 million UK programme that will support young people (aged 11-24) to improve their local environment. Our Environment Our Future will aim to fund a portfolio of between 25 and 35 projects, each receiving funding of around £750,000 to £1 million and lasting up to five years. The aim is to support projects developed from existing proven good practice. Projects will scale-up or replicate already successful approaches. The Portfolio will be run by The Wildlife Trusts on behalf of a consortium of organisations. Detail:   Deadline 17th December 2014