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Wild Flower funding (UK)

Grow Wild Community Project Funding 2018

The innovative wild flower project from Kew has another funding round.

Grants are available to groups and projects working on activities to connect and celebrate UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi.

Grants of £2000 or £4000 are available

Grow Wild will fund 50 groups in 2018 across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Voluntary and charitable groups can apply – must be constituted and not – for -profit.

Deadline: 15th January 2018

More information: https://www.growwilduk.com/project-funding

Grow Wild is funded by the Big  Lottery Fund

 

Photo: Wild Flower meadow, Isle of Wight ©Pete Johnstone.

Environment Now (UK)

The Environment Now (UK)

It is good to see an environment programme that is aimed at young people and one which has a reasonable amount of money to back it up.

  • Are you passionate about the environment and making a positive impact?
  • Can you see digital technology making a better future?
  • Have you got the entrepreneurial drive to make a difference?

If your answer is yes and aged between 17 – 24, you could be awarded up to £10,000, but you had better be quick as the closing date is coming up fast!

Deadline: 14th November.

Details: http://www.o2thinkbig.co.uk/the-environment-now

Cycling and walking – funding – competition

Well done DoT – a good competition – lets hope it is one of many to come!

The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a £470,000 competition for innovative projects that lead to more walking and cycling. The Department is seeking proposals that will tackle current barriers and encourage more journeys made by bicycle or on foot.

It is particularly suitable for early-stage, small and medium-sized enterprises. Industry partners such as local government, independent and third sectors can carry out the project on their own or in partnership with others.

This competition has 2 phases. Phase 1(£170,000) is for proof of concept projects that can last up to 15 weeks and range in size up to a total cost of £25,000 each. Phase 2 (£300,00) is for demonstrator projects. Projects that can last up to 9 months. They can range in size up to a total cost of £100,000 per project.

 

Deadline: Applicants must register before midday on the 7th June 2017 and submit their application before midday on the 14th June 2017.

Details: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-competition-innovation-in-cycling-and-walking

 

New environmental grant programme – Wales, Scotland and England

Greggs Foundation:

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.

http://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/environmental-grants

Photo: 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.

Environmental funding opportunities for young people in NE and West Midlands

The Community Upgrade Challenge is a new initiative to foster community and environmental improvement projects with 16 -25 year old’s in the North East and West Midlands.

Funding is from the Foyer Federation and the SITA Trust. The aim is to coach 26 teams of young people to deliver real transformation in their area.

This new funding with an environmental focus  is to be welcomed. Perhaps then as an idea there may be opportunities to make it go further if it could be linked with the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Young Roots grant programme for young people of a similar age  and even the forthcoming Big Lottery Fund’s Our Environment Our Future which, when up and running, will provide opportunities for young people to shape their environment and acquire new skills.

Just a thought on joined up funding! As always if you need any help in working up ideas please get in contact with me.

Details: http://foyer.net/what-we-do/projects-initiatives/community-upgrade-challenge-2/

Photo: Pete Johnstone ©