Here you will find details of grants and funding from government and other institutions, that are available to individuals, businesses and the public sector for environmental causes and decarbonisation.

Cost of Living Grants

Over recent months an increasing number of UK households have been struggling with rising prices for food, fuel and other essential goods leading to a cost-of-living crisis.

To alleviate the impact of the cost-of-living crisis, support organisations such as charities, community groups, and individuals can apply for a range of grants.

Funding may be available from a range of sources including:

  • Central Government
  • Local Authorities
  • Community Foundations
  • Grant Making Bodies

Government Support

In response to the cost-of-living crisis, the Government has launched a support package targeted towards households that are the most vulnerable.

The support available includes:

  • £15 billion energy bill rebate package
  • £650 Cost of Living payment for those on benefits
  • £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment
  • £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment
  • The Warm Homes Discount
  • Winter Fuel Payments
  • Cold Weather Payments

Information on what help is given by the Government is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-support-for-the-cost-of-living-factsheet/government-support-for-the-cost-of-living-factsheet.

Community Foundations

Within the UK there is a network of 47 Community Foundations. These cover specific geographic areas ranging from whole countries to smaller areas such as counties or cities.

Community Foundations are grant making bodies that exist to benefit disadvantaged communities. Grants are awarded to charitable, community or voluntary organisations.

Each Community Foundation has its own grant making priorities and programmes to reflect the needs of an area.

A list of Community Foundations can be found here: https://www.ukcommunityfoundations.org/our-network.

Examples of Community Foundation grants include:

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation – Stay Well Fund (Cambridgeshire)
Link: https://www.cambscf.org.uk/stay-well

The Cambridgeshire Community Foundation exists to benefit disadvantaged communities by making grants to support relevant charitable or voluntary organisations, which make a difference to their local communities.

Through the Stay Well Fund, the Foundation provides grants of up to £400 to vulnerable individuals and families living in Cambridgeshire (not including Peterborough) facing fuel poverty. These grants are to be used towards future heating costs. For those that are homeless, other costs of keeping warm (such as sleeping bags) will be considered.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Wiltshire Community Foundation – Community Grant (Wiltshire)
Link: https://www.wiltshirecf.org.uk/grants-and-support/groups/community-grants/

The Wiltshire Community Foundation exists to benefit disadvantaged communities by making grants to support relevant charitable or voluntary organisations, which make a difference to their local communities.

Through the Main Grant programme, the Foundation provides grants of up to £5,000 a year to support projects which will make a sustained impact in the lives of disadvantaged people in Wiltshire and Swindon.

The Foundation is particularly interested in projects and activities that: Address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic; Support children and young people; Prevent or alleviate poor mental health; Tackle poverty and inequality and its effects.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Cumbria Community Foundation – Barrow Community Trust Fund (Barrow)
Link: https://www.cumbriafoundation.org/fund/barrow-community-trust-fund

The Cumbria Community Foundation exists to benefit disadvantaged people and communities by making grants to support relevant charitable or voluntary organisations, which make a difference within their local area.

Through the Barrow Community Trust Fund, the Foundation provides grants of up to £1,000 for groups with small projects which provide activities in Barrow. Priority will be given to groups in the wards of Barrow Island, Central, Hindpool, Ormsgill, and Risedale which support the Foundation’s aims of advancement of education, relief of poverty, benefits to health, social inclusion, and raising aspirations.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Staffordshire Community Foundation – The Hilton Fund (South Staffordshire)
Link: https://staffsfoundation.org.uk/grants/hiltonmainfund/#1582108239114-9939be2c-0270

The Staffordshire Community Foundation exists to benefit disadvantaged communities by making grants to support relevant charitable or voluntary organisations, which make a difference to their local communities.

Through the Hilton Fund, the Foundation provides grants of up to £2,000 to organisations in South Staffordshire with projects that meet one of the following criteria: Increase or enhance local services; Provide local social or leisure activities; Provide a local service that might otherwise be unavailable; Relieve poverty or disadvantage for local people.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Quartet Community Foundation – Bath and West Community Energy Fund (Bath & Northeast Somerset)
Link: https://quartetcf.org.uk/grant-programmes/bath-west-community-energy-2/

The Quartet Community Foundation exists to benefit disadvantaged communities by making grants to support relevant charitable or voluntary organisations, which make a difference to their local communities.

Through the Bath and West Community Fund programme, the Foundation provides funding of up to £5,000 for projects that aim to reduce carbon emissions and/or address fuel poverty.

Carbon reduction does not just relate to energy projects; it might also include local food, sustainable transport or waste reduction or indeed any activity that reduces carbon emissions.

Fuel poverty relates to the lack of affordable warmth and projects might focus on approaches to improving the conditions of those in fuel poverty.

This grant is closed to applications. (Due to re-open in September 2022).

Local Authority Help

Local councils may be able to help individuals to pay for things like:

  • energy bills
  • water bills
  • food
  • essential items such as for example clothes or household items such as cookers, etc.

This help is known as ‘welfare assistance’ or the ‘Household Support Fund’. Each council runs their own scheme. The help that they offer and who can get this help varies.

Individuals should ask their local council if they run a welfare assistance or Household Support Fund scheme.

Find out how to contact your local council on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council.

Funders Currently Accepting Application

Asda Foundation – U18 Better Starts Grant (UK)
Link: https://www.asdafoundation.org/how-to-apply

The Asda Foundation aims to transform communities and improve lives by providing independent grants and support to locally relevant community projects throughout the UK.

Through the Under 18 Better Starts Grant, the Foundation provides funding of between £500 and £1,500 to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

The funding is available to not-for-profit organisations for projects which give children the best start in life, encourage them to be active, and which tackle poverty, inclusion and wellbeing. Projects could include breakfast clubs, food and clothing banks, arts and crafts groups, Brownies, Scouts, training for counsellors, U18 sporting/physical activity-based groups, and Easter and Jubilee Celebrations for U18’s.

Applications should be made through each local Asda store’s Community Champion.

This grant is open to applications. The closing date for applications is 19th August 2022.

Artemis Charitable Foundation (UK)
Link: https://www.artemisfunds.com/en/about-artemis/artemis-charitable-foundation-application-guidelines

The Artemis Charitable Foundation makes donations to charities operating in the UK and internationally, primarily in four key areas: health, education, poverty, and the environment.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme (UK)
Link: https://www.familyfundservices.co.uk/emergency-essentials/

BBC Children in Need’s Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services.

The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child’s wellbeing.

Applications can be made at any time and must be made by a registered referrer.

Beatrice Laing Trust (UK)
Link: http://www.laingfamilytrusts.org.uk/

The Trust funds projects concerned with the relief of poverty or distress, particularly those relating to children, and the advancement of the evangelical Christian faith, both at home and abroad.

The Beatrice Laing Trust offers grants to UK registered charities working throughout the UK, in developing countries and overseas. Grants are generally awarded on a one-off basis for capital purposes such as the purchase or construction of new premises, building extension, redevelopment or refurbishment, or the purchase of equipment and vehicles.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Benefact Trust – General Grants Programme (UK)
Link: https://benefacttrust.co.uk/which-grant-is-for-me/general-grants

The Benefact Trust (formerly known as the All Churches Trust) offers grants to Christian charities and organisations across the United Kingdom and Ireland that aim to help communities thrive and tackle social issues such as helping vulnerable families, homelessness and poverty to climate change and cultural cohesion.

Through the General Grants Programme, the Trust supports the repair, restoration, protection and improvement of churches, cathedrals, and other places of Christian worship where changes support wider community use and enable greater impact.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Benefact Trust – Methodist Grants (UK)
Link: https://benefacttrust.co.uk/which-grant-is-for-me/methodist-grants/

The Benefact Trust (formerly known as the All Churches Trust) offers grants to Christian charities and organisations across the United Kingdom and Ireland that aim to help communities thrive and tackle social issues such as helping vulnerable families, homelessness and poverty to climate change and cultural cohesion.

The Benefact Trust’s Methodist Grants Programme seeks to enhance the mission and ministry of the Methodist Church in the UK and Ireland by supporting significant redevelopment projects on buildings which have been identified as key to the future mission objectives of a circuit or district and schemes which bring significant community benefits beyond those to the immediate congregation.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

British Gas Energy Support Fund (UK)
Link: https://britishgasenergytrust.org.uk/grants-available/

The Trust has launched a new energy support fund to help the most financially vulnerable British Gas customers who are struggling to pay their energy bills.

This fund has been set up in response to the increasing cost of living and rising inflation, including Ofgem’s most recent price cap increase. Through the fund eligible British Gas customers with fuel debt of £250 to £750 can apply for grants to help pay their energy bills over the coming months.

The fund will remain open until all the money invested has been awarded.

Buttle UK – Chances for Children Grants (UK)
Link: https://buttleuk.org/apply-for-a-grant/chances-for-children-grants/

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to support the needs of vulnerable children and young people who have experienced a recent crisis or change in life that has had a significant impact on their social and emotional wellbeing and their education.

The funding is being made available through the Buttle UK’s Chances for Children Grants. Support might include:

  • items and activities to support learning and development such as laptops, books, wi-fi, educational toys and tuition
  • clothing and school uniforms
  • social, sporting and leisure activities
  • items for children/young people’s bedrooms

Buttle UK will only accept applications from frontline professionals (from a registered charity, housing association or public sector organisation).

Applications can be made at any time.

City Bridge Trust – Advice and Support (London)
Link: https://www.citybridgetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/grant-making/what-we-fund/advice-and-support/

The City Bridge Trust (CBT) Advice and Support programme aims to address inequalities by improving access to good quality advice and support.

Applications are invited from organisations providing suitably accredited generalist or specialist advice and support to individuals affected by inequalities, in relation to benefits, debt and money, employment problems, housing and immigration status.

Applications can be made at any time.

Coalfields Regeneration Trust – Small Grants Programme (England – Former Coalfield Areas)
Link: https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/england/small-grants/

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to help organisations provide support that low-income families need.

The type of projects supported includes food poverty projects, information, advice and guidance projects, social groups, projects supporting the homeless or any other project which would benefit those in crisis.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Community Food Initiatives – at Home Programme (Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland)
Link: https://supportingcommunities.org/funding-news-1/2022/7/18/the-community-food-initiative-is-now-open-for-applications

Grants of up to €2,000 are available to community-led organisations for online initiatives that encourage healthy eating amongst families in low-income communities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Funded by Safefood, the Community Food Initiatives (CFI) at Home Programme will support organisations who are not currently involved in the CFI to deliver an online project that provides low-income families with the knowledge and skills to prepare healthy food options. Projects could include learning how to prepare and cook a recipe, online cookery sessions, online support groups for sharing ideas and tips, and online interactive talks delivered by a dietitian or registered nutritionist.

Applications can be made at any time until the 9th of September 2022.

Dischma Charitable Trust (England and Wales)
Link: https://register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-search/-/charity-details/3963161/charity-overview

The Dischma Charitable Trust provides grants to organisations in England and Wales that require funding for projects that fall into the following categories:

  • education/training
  • the advancement of health or saving of lives
  • disability
  • the prevention or relief of poverty
  • overseas aid/famine relief
  • arts/culture/heritage/science
  • animals
  • environment/conservation/heritage.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

EDF Customer Support Fund (UK)
Link: https://www.edfenergy.com/for-home/help-centre/faq/extra-support-when-you-need-it?steps=23147#chapter-23146-3

The EDF Customer Support Fund awards grants to vulnerable customer households. It aims to provide customers with a fresh start and financial stability. It can help households stay out of fuel debt and help to afford ongoing energy costs.

The Fund also offers grants to buy essential energy efficient white goods, such as cookers, refrigerators, or washing machines.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Edith Murphy Foundation (UK)
Link: https://edithmurphy.co.uk/how-to-apply

The Edith Murphy Foundation was established in memory of Hughie Murphy. Its purpose is to support other organisations (predominantly, but not exclusively, other registered charities) that: carry out research; support individuals who by reason of their age, youth, infirmity, disablement, poverty, or social and economic circumstances are suffering hardship, distress or are otherwise in need; and relieve the suffering and care for unwanted animals.

The value of grants made is normally between £500 and £5,000 although larger grants are made in some circumstances. Since its inception in 1993 the charity has supported over 650 organisations with grants of around £17.5 million enabling these groups to carry out ground-breaking research as well as providing much needed support to those in need of care.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

E.ON Next Energy Fund (UK)
Link: https://www.eonnextenergyfund.com/

The aim of the E.ON Next Energy Fund is to help E.ON Next customers who are experiencing financial hardship and struggling. There are two ways this fund can help:

  • The first option is to help with paying gas and electricity bills through grants, helping individuals to become financially stable and to get back control of their finances.
  • The other option is to provide a replacement appliance such as a cooker, fridge, fridge-freezer or washing machine if yours has broken or is in a poor condition.

Applications are open to individual customers of E.ON and application can be submitted at any time.

Friends of the Elderly – Grants for Older People (England and Wales)
Link: https://www.fote.org.uk/our-charity-work/grants-2/

Friends of the elderly provide support for older people affected by loneliness and grants for those living on a low income.

Through the Grants for Older People programme they provide grants of up to £400 to older people who are of/over state pension age and have savings of less than £4,000. Funding is currently being provided through four schemes:

  • home essentials to help with the cost of replacing everyday items and small home repairs and mobility adaptations
  • digital connection to help older people get online
  • financial support to help with unexpected bills
  • essential living costs including clothing, food, medicines, and books

Applications must be made via a third-party Referral Agent such as charities, local authorities, and social services representatives.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Gamble Aware – Community Resilience Fund (Great Britain)
Link: https://www.begambleaware.org/community-resilience-fund

The Gamble Aware Community Resilience Fund (CRF) aims to provide grants to enable organisations to respond quickly to the cost-of-living crisis, and the impact this has had in exacerbating gambling harms and increased exposure to them.

Charities and organisations are able to apply to the fund, with smaller organisations or pilot projects being awarded up to £150,000 and larger organisations or projects can apply for up to £350,000.

The closing date for applications is 12pm on the 8th of August 2022.

Greggs Foundation – Hardship Fund (Northeast)
Link: http://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/grants

The Hardship Fund supports families in the Northeast of England who are in extreme financial hardship, it was established in 1993 and since then it has given over £2 million to families in poverty in the counties of Northeast England, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Teesside.

Social organisations can apply for funding on behalf of clients; items such as cookers, fridges, freezers and washing machines can be supplied and fitted directly by East Durham partnership and cheques of up to £150 can be made towards other items including beds and bedding, baby equipment, clothing, and flooring.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Groundwork – One Stop Community Partnership Programme (UK)
Link: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/national-grants/one-stop-community-partnership/

Groundwork is working with One Stop Stores Ltd to administer the One Stop Community Partnership programme. Successful applicants will receive an initial grant of up to £1,000 and begin a partnership with their local One Stop store.

This programme is designed to support community groups or organisations operating within two miles of a One Stop store and which are tackling food poverty, supporting the vulnerable, supporting the elderly, supporting low-income families, and running youth sports teams.

Applications can be made at any time and applicants are encouraged to visit their local One Stop store for more information.

Institute of Physics – Benevolent Fund (UK)
Link: https://www.iop.org/physics-community/member-latest/covid-19/benevolent-fund

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is a leading scientific society and charitable organisation, their aim is to advance physics education, research and application by providing positive and compelling experiences of physics to public audiences through engaging and entertaining activities and events.

The Benevolent Fund provides financial help to IOP members, or their dependants, facing critical needs that cannot otherwise be met.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Henry Smith Charity – Improving Lives (UK)
Link: https://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/explore-our-grants-and-apply/improving-lives-grants-programme/improving-lives-grants-programme-overview/

The Henry Smith Charity is one of the largest independent grant-making trusts in the UK. The Improving Lives grant programme provides grants to charitable organisations that help people in need when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.

Funding of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for a maximum of three years is available to established organisations delivering services directly to beneficiaries.

The key areas of the Improving Lives programme are to make sure:

  • people have the support, information, and advice to address their financial issues
  • people are able to navigate the benefits, migration and asylum systems and claim their rights and entitlements
  • people have improved financial literacy, and are more able to understand their finances and have greater confidence when budgeting and managing their money

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time

Henry Smith Charity – Strengthening Communities (UK)
Link: https://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/explore-our-grants-and-apply/strengthening-communities-grants/strengthening-communities-overview/

The Henry Smith Charity is one of the largest independent grant-making trusts in the UK.

The Strengthening Communities grant programme is designed to support small charitable organisations working at grassroots level and aims to ensure that funding reaches the most disadvantaged areas of the UK.

Funding of between £20,000 and £60,000 is available for up to three years to support work that enables:

  • people from across the community to participate in activities which improve connectedness, opportunities, and wellbeing
  • people who are excluded,vulnerable or facing hardship to have access to community-based services that support positive lasting change, and a stronger, active, more engaged community

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

John Holford Charity (Northwest)
Link: http://www.johnholfordcharity.org/index.html

John Holford Charity makes grants to individuals and organisations for children, young people, elderly, people with disabilities and the general public for the relief of disability or the prevention or relief of poverty. 

The Charity supports individual children and families by making donations to provide for anything from school uniforms and school trips to new washing machines. They also support charitable organisations that work with individuals, where there is financial need. The geographical area covered is the old Congleton Borough of Cheshire.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Karbon Housing – My Community Fund (Northeast)
Link: https://www.karbonhomes.co.uk/your-community/community-funding/

Karbon Housing wants to create places where people wish to live and improve the wellbeing and quality of life of residents who live there.

The projects funded through the Karbon Community Investment strategy vary considerably, from a young peoples’ counselling services to a food bank in West Northumberland and an employability project in Morpeth. Karbon homes have a number of services and projects working in local communities and will continue to build more resilient communities by:

  • supporting people to manage their finances and debts
  • training people to use technology and promoting access to digital services
  • supporting people to be more involved in decision making in their local communities
  • promoting volunteering programmes
  • working to reduce social isolation
  • promoting training and employment initiatives
  • acting as a signpost for people with entrepreneurial ambitions
  • encouraging people to be active and make healthy lifestyle choices

Longleigh Foundation – Individual Hardship Grants (England)
Link: https://longleigh.org/our-grants/individual-grants/

Individual Hardship grants are available to Stonewater Residents who are experiencing short-term hardship or crisis situations, for example:

  • sickness resulting in sudden unemployment and short-term lack of funds – support may be needed for food vouchers
  • oven or fridge requiring emergency replacement.

The maximum grant value for Hardship Grants is £1,000 per household in any 12-month period.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

London Catalyst Grant Programmes (London)
Link: http://www.londoncatalyst.org.uk/

London Catalyst is an independent grant-making trust that provides funding for charities and not for profit organisations to deliver projects and improve services. The trust aims to make a difference by acting as a catalyst for change, they aim to improve health and wellbeing, help to remove people from poverty and raise awareness of poverty and ill health in London.

The annual grants budget is £300,000 divided between two grant programmes: Project Grants – supporting new initiatives and service developments for disadvantaged people, and Samaritan Grants – this is a hardship fund offering immediate help to people in an emergency. 70% of all these grants are for food and travel.

Partners for health – grants for projects that can demonstrate: positive outcomes for people experiencing significant barriers to health and well-being, a new approach or a thoughtful development of service, working in partnership with an expert health agency/provider.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Magic Little Grants (UK)
Link: https://localgiving.org/magic-little-grants/

Localgiving has teamed up with the Postcode Community Trust to provide the Magic Little Grants programme. The fund provides small charities and community groups with grants of £500 for projects that address a range of community, social, environmental and health issues including preventing or reducing the impact of poverty.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust (UK)
Link: https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/about-us/charitable-trust/

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust was set up in 1998 to promote and support charities in the UK working in agriculture, rural development, and insurance.

The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas, the relief of poverty within rural areas, research into agriculture associated activities, to advance the education of the public in relation to agriculture and to promote the benefit and social welfare of inhabitants of rural communities.

This grant is open to applications. The closing date for applications is the 28th of October 2022.

Northern Powergrid – Community Partnering Fund (North of England)
Link: https://www.northernpowergrid.com/custom/news/grants-of-up-to-ps20000-available-for-community-organisations-in-the-north-of-england

Through the Northern Powergrid Community Partnering Fund, registered charities, community groups, and other not-for-profit organisations in the North of England can apply for grants for projects that focus on:

  • alleviating hardship associated with fuel poverty
  • promoting efficiency and its environmental impacts
  • encouraging education in STEM subjects
  • protecting vulnerable customers
  • supporting communities to lower their carbon footprint

This grant is open to applications. Applications can be submitted until the 2nd of August 2022.

OVO Energy Fund (UK)
Link: https://www.ovoenergy.com/help/debt-and-energy-assistance

The OVO Energy Fund is a fund that helps people who have fallen behind with their energy payments to OVO. To qualify, individuals need to be in receipt of one of the following: Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Pension Credit, Employment and Support Allowance, or Universal Credit (but only if not working).

In addition, to qualify, the energy debt on the energy account needs to be at least £150 and the annual household income is £16,190 or less.

Persimmon Community Champions (England, Scotland and Wales)
Link: https://www.persimmonhomes.com/community-champions

Persimmon Homes Charity Foundation is providing grant funding of up to £1,000 to registered charities, clubs, schools and other organisations which have already raised vital funds themselves towards projects to enhance their local community.

The total available each month to support local good causes is £60,000. The type of projects supported to date have included support for foodbanks, projects within schools, and sports projects, etc.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Robertson Trust – Wee Grants (Scotland)
Link: https://www.therobertsontrust.org.uk/funding/wee-grants/

The Robertson Trust is an independent Scottish grant-making Trust which exists to improve the lives of people and communities experiencing poverty and trauma. The Trust provide funding for organisations and initiatives that address: 

  • Financial wellbeing – tackling the financial and material effects of poverty on people and communities
  • Emotional wellbeing and relationships – ensuring people have emotional wellbeing, and confidence and strength in their relationships with others
  • Educational and work pathways – equipping people for the future by supporting learning and skills.

Through the Wee Grants programme, the trust provides grants of up to £2,000 to constituted community groups and small charities with an annual income of under £25,000.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Scottish Power Hardship Fund (UK)
Link: https://community.scottishpower.co.uk/t5/Extra-Help/Hardship-Fund/ta-p/53

As some customers have difficulties paying their bills due to low income or other circumstances, ScottishPower has a Hardship Fund to help them get their energy payments under control. The Fund can help by clearing or reducing arrears by crediting a customer’s ScottishPower energy account.

To qualify, individuals need to be in receipt of one of the following: Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Pension Credit, or Employment and Support Allowance.

Sheffield City Council – Cost of Living Fund
Link: https://www.sycf.org.uk/grants-to-organisations/cost-of-living-fund/#:~:text=Sheffield%20City%20Council%20(SCC)%20is,reduce%20food%20and%20fuel%20poverty

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to charities, community groups and social enterprises working to support vulnerable people with the rising cost-of-living. The funding, which is made available by Sheffield City Council and money raised through donations from individuals and organisations, will support organisations, including foodbanks, to help reduce food and fuel poverty, and provide other basic necessities.

The funding can be used to cover costs such as food or other items for distribution, volunteer expenses, staff costs, room hire, and utilities.

Applications from organisations led by and for minoritised and marginalised communities are particularly encouraged. Consortiums can apply for grants of up to £10,000.

The Sheffield Cost of Living Fund closes to applications at 12pm on the 8th August 2022.

SODEXHO Foundation Stop Hunger Campaign (UK)
Link: http://uk.stop-hunger.org/home.html

Stop Hunger is a worldwide Sodexo initiative active in more than 40 countries. Through the initiative, the Sodexo Foundation donate time, skills and money to tackle hunger, support good nutrition and promote life skills in local communities.

In the UK and Ireland, the Stop Hunger Foundation is a grant giving organisation and its vision is to work with very best charities that exist to tackle hunger and malnutrition, promote healthy lifestyles, and develop life skills such as cooking.

Previous grant awards have ranged between £1,500 and £120,000, however first time applicants can only apply for a maximum of £10,000.

Organisations that have previously received funding include Fare Share who redistributes surplus food destined for landfill to local charities and community groups across the UK and Focus Ireland who support homeless people in Dublin by providing hot nutritious meals.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Tesco Community Grants Programme (England, Scotland & Wales)
Link: https://tescocommunitygrants.org.uk/

The Tesco Community Grants Programme will use the money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores across England, Wales and Scotland to pay for a large number of local projects.

Tesco Community Grants fund thousands of local community projects across the UK, helping to fight holiday hunger, tackle mental health, support young people, host community events and much more. Since 2016 the scheme has supported over 40,000 community groups with more than £90 million in grants.

Tesco Community Grants is open to charities and community organisations to apply for a grant of up to £1,500. Every three months, three local good causes are selected to be in the blue token customer vote in Tesco stores throughout the UK.

This grant is open to applications, that can be submitted at any time.

Grants Currently Closed but May Open Later in the Year

Bank of Scotland Foundation – Reach Programme (Scotland)
Link: http://bankofscotlandfoundation.org/funding-programmes/reach

The Bank of Scotland Foundations Reach Programme is part of a five-year strategic plan to “Support Positive Change Across Scotland”.

The Reach programme will support charities with an income of less than £1 million that can demonstrate that they address disadvantage or social inclusion. Examples include charities addressing primary disadvantage such as homelessness, abuse, mental health or poverty; secondary disadvantage such as debt issues, learning disabilities, lack of employability skills or health issues; and exclusionary challenges for minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT people, drug users, care leavers, the elderly or the young.

Grants are available of between £1,000 and £25,000 over one year.

This grant is due to re-open to applications at 12 noon on the 6th of September 2022.

Centre for Sustainable Energy – Power Partners (London, Southeast & East England)
Link: https://www.cse.org.uk/projects/view/1356

The Power Partners programme is a £300,000 per annum programme which is being managed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy on behalf of UK Power Networks. The programme aims to support up to 40 organisations to combat fuel poverty, improve energy efficiency and support people in vulnerable circumstances.

Grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 are available for projects that deliver outcomes in the following two categories: income maximisation for vulnerable households; and CO2 and financial savings and energy efficiency improvements for popular community spaces achieved through the installation of insulation, low-energy lighting and appliances, heating upgrades or renewable technologies.

This grant is currently closed to applications.

Community Food and Health Scotland (Scotland)
Link: http://www.communityfoodandhealth.org.uk/funding/small-grants/

The Community Food and Health Scotland (CFHS) aims to ensure that everyone in Scotland has the opportunity, ability, and confidence to access a healthy and acceptable diet for themselves, their families and their communities.

The CFHS has grants from £500 to £3,000 available to groups and agencies who would like to tackle one or more of the barriers to healthy eating, such as affordability or availability, and the negative impact of culture and lack of food skills.

CFHS welcome applications from groups or agencies working with and within low-income communities throughout Scotland.

This grant is closed to applications.

EAGA Partnership Charitable Trust Grant Programme (UK)
Link: http://www.eagacharitabletrust.org/grants-offered

Eaga Partnership Charitable Trust is a grant-giving trust that supports projects and research into the causes of fuel poverty and its impact on health, in particular, the health of vulnerable consumers.

The Trust gives priority to funding proposals that have the potential to inform or influence national perceptions and policies and have a wide geographic focus.

Funding of between £2,000 and £20,000 is available and typically projects would span between one and three years. Trustees meet three times a year to consider applications.

This grant is closed to applications.

EDF Energy Trust (UK)
Link: https://www.edfenergytrust.org.uk/

The EDF Energy Trust helps families and individuals living in fuel poverty, suffering or other distress who are struggling to pay their gas and/or electricity bill by awarding grants to clear those debts. The aim of the Trust is to give vulnerable individuals a fresh start and financial stability enabling them to remain free of fuel debts going forward.

Bankruptcy applications will not be considered from homeowners and those with assets above a value of £1,000 and total debts less than £15,000.

This grant is closed to applications.

MSE Charity Grants (UK)
Link: http://www.msecharity.com/how-to-apply

The charity aims to fight financial and consumer illiteracy and is dedicated to educating and informing adults and children about consumer and debt issues. It provides grants of up to £500 to help individuals to eradicate this illiteracy through self-development or innovative projects.

Eligible groups can apply for grants of up to £5,000. Using funding provided by annual donations from the MoneySavingExpert.com website and proceeds from sales of books written by the website’s founder Martin Lewis, MSE Charity aims to help communities break the cycle of debt by helping people to become more financially aware.

This grant is closed to applications.

Scottish Power Foundation (UK)
Link: https://www.scottishpower.com/pages/about_the_scottishpower_foundation.aspx

The Scottish Power Foundation provides support for charities and not-for-profit organisations across the UK. Funding is available for the following purposes: the advancement of education; the advancement of environmental protection; the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science; the prevention or relief of poverty and the relief of those in need by reason of disability or other disadvantage; the advancement of citizenship and community development.

This grant is closed to applications.

United Utilities Trust Fund – Small Grant Funding (Northwest)
Link: http://www.uutf.org.uk/information-for-organisations/organisational-grant-funding/

United Utilities Trust Fund is an independent grant-making trust set up through United Utilities Water Plc. The Trustees objectives are to help people in distress and financial hardship who are unable to meet the cost of water charges where the water or sewerage service provider is United Utilities Group plc.

To be eligible for funding the project must enhance and develop the provision of debt/money advice services to individuals within the United Utilities Trust Fund geographical area, benefit people who are currently in hardship and who are unable to meet the costs of water and/or sewerage charges provided by United Utilities; and support a ‘deprived community’. Additionally, the Trustees are looking for projects that help people/families: where children are living in poverty, using food banks, affected by welfare reform and to build financial stability.

This grant is closed to applications.

Warm Homes Fund (UK)
Link: https://www.affordablewarmthsolutions.org.uk/warm-homes-fund/

The Warm Homes Fund is a £150 million fund administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS). The fund aims to help make households warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat.

Running over 3-years and providing capital funding for the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel-poor households who do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel. The Fund is open to bids from local authorities, housing associations and their partners and is broadly split into three categories focusing on urban, rural and health-related solutions.

Successful proposals will highlight the number of fuel-poor households supported; strategic fit with the Governments Fuel Poverty Strategy; value for money; the benefit created, i.e., energy efficiency increases and bill savings; and strength of delivery plans, project management and assurance of delivery.

This grant is closed to applications.

Western Power Distribution – Community Matters Fund (Midlands, Southwest, and South Wales)
Link: https://www.westernpower.co.uk/community-matters-fund

The fund provides £500,000 to support charitable organisations in their response to holiday hunger. Applications are encouraged from organisations delivering projects that offer both short-term interventions to stop holiday hunger and longer-term support to help reduce food poverty.

This grant is currently closed to applications.

Grants to Help Home Owners Install Low Carbon Heating Systems (England & Wales)

Organiation: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Boiler Upgrade Scheme

Deadline: 01042025

Link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-may-be-eligible-for-the-boiler-upgrade-scheme-from-april-2022

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, in partnership with Ofgem, has launched a new scheme to encourage property owners in England and Wales to install low carbon heating systems.

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme is offering grants towards the cost of having air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, or biomass boilers (for rural properties)installed in place of existing gas, oil or electric heating.

The funding available is:

  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump
  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler
  • £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump

Homes and small nondomestic buildings on and off the gas grid, including owneroccupiers, private landlords and custombuilds, are eligible for support.

There is different funding available for social housing. Installers will lead the grant application on behalf of the property owner.

The £450 million scheme will run until April 2025.

Funding Available to Enhance Scotland’s National Cycle Network (Scotland)

Organisation: Sustrans Scotland

Deadline: 06-02-2023

Link: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/projects/2019/scotland/the-love-your-network-grant-for-community-groups-in-scotland/

Community Groups in Scotland can now apply for equipment and training bundles for projects which benefit people or wildlife across National Cycle Network routes. Examples of the items that can be funded include:

  • litter picking equipment
  • bike trailers for transporting tools and equipment
  • hand tools
  • Ecologist’s Advice

The Love Your Network grant fund, funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Sustrans Scotland, seeks to empower communities in implementing physical improvements which make journeys on the National Cycle Network more attractive and enjoyable.

Projects which take place on a numbered National Cycle Network route will be given priority. The closing date for applications is the 23.59 on the 6th February 2023.

Ofwat Announces ‘Open Access’ Competition for Ideas to Transform Water Services (England & Wales)

Organisation: Ofwat

Link: https://www.ofwat.gov.uk/pn-26-22-ofwat-confirms-new-open-access-competition-for-innovators-and-seeks-to-extend-innovation-fund-to-2030/#:~:text=Tuesday%2012%20July%202022%20(London,customers%2C%20the%20environment%20and%20society

Ofwat, the economic regulator of water services in England and Wales, has announced an ‘open access’ competition for ideas to transform water services for customers, the environment and society.

Launching in early 2023, the competition will form part of the next phase of Ofwat’s Innovation Fund, to primarily target early-stage innovation.

Approximately £4 million in funding will be allocated annually, with up to £500,000 available for individual entries from innovators from any sector including fintechs, manufacturers, community groups or local government. Entries will need to align with one or more of Ofwat’s four innovation themes:

  • adapting to climate change and achieving net zero emissions
  • protecting and enhancing the environment
  • delivering long-term operational resilience
  • improving the delivery of services for customers and society

Further details will be made available in the autumn.

Funding for School Climate & Biodiversity Projects (UK)

Organisation: Royal Society

Deadline: 30-11-2022

Link: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/partnership-grants/tomorrows-climate-scientists/

The Royal Society is inviting applications to their Tomorrow’s Climate Scientists Programme to give students across the UK the opportunity to take action to address climate and biodiversity issues. The Tomorrow’s Climate Scientists Programme is an extension to the Royal Society’s Partnership Grants programme.

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to UK primary or secondary schools to run a STEM investigation project for students aged between 5 and 18. There needs to be two project partners to the scheme with the lead applicant being a school and the second partner being a STEM professional from academia or industry. Funding should predominantly be used to buy equipment.

The 2022 application round will remain open across the year with three possible submission deadlines at the end of April, June and November.

Useful Links:
Eligibility and judging criteria

Grants for Innovative Rewilding Projects (England, Scotland & Wales)

Organisation: Rewilding Britain – Rewilding Innovation Fund

Deadline: 14-10-2022

Link: https://www.rewildingbritain.org.uk/support-rewilding/the-rewilding-network/rewilding-innovation-fund

Grants of up to £15,000 are available for locally led land and marine rewilding projects in England, Scotland and Wales.

Rewilding Britain’s Rewilding Innovation Fund will support up to ten innovative projects seeking to create new opportunities for large-scale nature restoration through community engagement, business plans for enterprises such as ecotourism that generate income for the local economy, feasibility studies, or using new technology in rewilding.

Applicants must be members of the Rewilding Network, which could include community, private and public landowners, and managers of rewilding areas on the land and sea.

Successful applications have previously included a seagrass restoration study, a carbon capture project, and a tree seeding experiment.

There will be two regular rounds per year, with the next round of funding due in Spring 2023, as well as an annual Rewilding Challenge Fund to provide a larger amount of funding to one successful project.

The closing date for funding round is the 14th of October 2022. For any questions that they have not answered here, please contact: network@​rewildingbritain.​org.​uk.

Co-op Community Dividend Fund Opens for Applications (Central England)

Organisation: Central England Co-operative – Dividend Fund

Deadline: 30-09-2022

Link: https://www.centralengland.coop/community-covid

Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available for projects that aim to develop and improve communities. 

The funding is being made available through the Central England Co-operative Dividend Fund and is available to good causes, community groups, charities and social enterprises in central England that are full members of the Central England Co-operative in the following areas: West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

The types of projects supported include access to healthy food; health and wellbeing projects; inclusion of vulnerable, excluded, or hard to reach groups; and the environment such as energy saving projects, sustainable travel, biodiversity and food security.

Helpful Links:
Fund Criteria

Funding to Make London Greener

Organisation: Mayor of London – Grow Back Greener Fund

Deadline: 26-09-2022

Link: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/parks-green-spaces-and-biodiversity/grow-back-greener-fund-2022

The latest round of the Grow Back Greener Fund has been launched by the Major of London and is designed to make London greener, fairer, healthier and more resilient to climate change.

A total of £2 million in funding is available across two themes:

  • tree planting
  • green spaces and waterways

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available to Charities, tenants and residents’ associations, community groups, local authorities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations for their community projects that enhance or create publicly accessible green spaces, improve water quality, reduce flood risk and create shade to cool the city.

Grants of up to £75,000 are available for projects that will create new green spaces.

Types of projects could include:

  • cleaning up and restoring rivers, canals and ponds
  • community gardening and food growing
  • enhancing or creating publicly accessible green spaces for people and/ or wildlife e.g., by creating meadows
  • improving access to green space for Londoners, especially underrepresented communities
  • permanently greening streets and public spaces, including de-paving to turn grey into green, or creating parklets
  • installing sustainable urban drainage features to reduce local flood risk
  • greening underused or neglected land within housing estates
  • using nature-based solutions such as constructed wetlands to improve water quality
  • management activities to improve wildlife habitat
  • creating opportunities for children to access nature, and outdoor play and learning

A minimum of 20% match funding is required.

£7 Million Fund to Improve Air Quality (England)

Organisation: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – Air Quality Grant

Deadline: 23-09-2022

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/7-million-fund-for-local-action-to-cut-air-pollution

Local Authorities in England can apply for a share of £7 million in funding to make air quality improvements in their area and to meet their statutory duties under the Environment Act 1995.

The funding is being made available through the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs’ Air Quality Grant which aims to help Local Authorities develop and implement measures to benefit schools, businesses and communities, and reduce the impact of polluted air on people’s health.

The criteria for this year’s grant period will prioritise three areas:

  • Projects that reduce air pollution where there are nitrogen dioxide (NO2) exceedances
  • Projects focusing on improving public knowledge and information about air quality, including steps individuals can take to reduce their exposure to air pollution
  • Projects that include measures to deal with particulate matter, which is the pollutant most harmful to human health

Previous projects have included a digital education package to teach children and parents about the health impacts of pollution, and a community website to share air quality information and raise awareness with local residents and visitors.

The deadline for applications is midday on the 23rd of September 2022.

Grants to Build Resilient Communities through Nature (Wales)

Organisation: Natural Resources Wales – Resilient Communities Grant

Deadline: 19-09-2022

Link: https://naturalresources.wales/about-us/grants-and-funding/resilient-communities-grant-funding/?lang=en

Public, private and charitable sector organisations, higher education institutions, research institutes and individuals, can apply for a share of £2 million in funding for projects that increase community participation with nature to help build resilient communities across Wales.

Grants of up to £250,000 are available for projects lasting up to two years. 

The funding will help deliver projects that give people opportunities for:

  • improved mental and physical health
  • learning new skills
  • being part of safer communities
  • more access to nature
  • a better awareness of the impact of climate change
  • involvement in making decisions about their natural environment
  • participation in citizen science

Projects will need to address one or more of the opportunities or priorities described in the relevant:

Natural Resources Wales will share the £2 million funding equally across the seven areas of Wales described in our Area Statements: £1 million in 2022/23 and £1 million in 2023/24.

The funding is being made available through the Natural Resources Wales Resilient Communities Grant which closes to applications at 12pm on the 19th September 2022.

Funding to Protect Marine & Land-Based Habitats & Species in the UK Overseas Territories (UK & UK Overseas Territories)

Organisation: John Ellerman Foundation – UK Overseas Territories Fund

Deadline: 19-09-2022

Link: https://ellerman.org.uk/apply-for-funding/uk-overseas-territories-fund

UK registered charities working in partnership with local Territory-based NGOs can apply for grants of up to £150,000 for practical conservation activities that support the protection and restoration of marine and land-based habitats and species in the UK Overseas Territories.

The John Ellerman Foundation expects to make a variety of small, medium and larger grants, and will consider short-term grants as well as multi-year funding for periods of up to three years to support project and core costs. The Foundation will also consider funding organisational capacity building, policy related work, acquisition of land, and advocacy for the creation and implementation of legislative frameworks.

The funding is made available through the UK Overseas Territories Fund which closes to applications at 5pm on the 19th of September 2022.

The John Ellerman Foundation will be running two virtual one-hour drop-in sessions on Zoom to answer any questions applicants might have. These will be held on the 3rd of August at 3pm (UK time) and the 30th of August at 2:30pm (UK time). To attend one of these, email: sufina@ellerman.org.uk for the Zoom link. 

Sea-Changers 2022 Innovation Fund is Open for Applications (UK)

Organisation: Sea-Changers – Innovation Fund

Deadline: 18-09-2022

Link: https://www.sea-changers.org.uk/innovation-fund-2022

Sea-Changers has announced that its 2022 Innovation Fund is now open for applications. The aim of the fund is to encourage and support new ideas and projects for marine conservation in the UK.

A total of £30,000 in funding is available in this round:

  • £10,000 will be awarded to projects based in/taking place in Scotland
  • £10,000 will be awarded to projects that are aimed at preventing or addressing the issue of plastics in the marine environment, anywhere in the UK
  • the remaining £10,000 is for projects taking place anywhere in the UK, in any area of marine conservation innovation.

Applications are accepted from all types of UK based organisations, including charities and ‘not-for-profit’ organisations, companies, schools, universities or students  who are carrying out marine conservation related activities, and community groups.

The deadline for applications is the 18th September 2022.

Useful Links:
Application Guidelines

£4 Million Fund for Woodland Creation & Restoration Along the HS2 Route (England)

Organisation:Forestry Commission – HS2 Woodland Fund

Deadline:16-09-2022

Link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hs2-woodland-fund#find-out-if-youre-eligible

£4 million in funding is available to create native woodland or restore plantations on ancient woodland sites (PAWS) near to the HS2 route.

Landowners within 25 miles of the HS2 Phase One route from London to the West Midlands can apply for funding of up to £8,500 per hectare plus maintenance payments of £200 per hectare for ten years to create new woodlands, and up to £4,000 per hectare for the restoration of ancient woodland sites that have been replanted, with additional payments for protection measures such as guards, fences and gates.

The final planting season for the fund is winter 2022/23.

The funding is being made available by the Forestry Commission through the HS2 Woodland Fund which closes to applications on the 16th September 2022.

For more information contact the scheme administrator at hs2woodlandfund@forestrycommission.gov.uk

Useful Links:
HS2 Woodland Fund Map

Funding for Projects that Have a Positive Impact on Communities, People or the Environment (UK)

Organisation: The Matthew Good Foundation

Deadline: 15092022

Link: https://www.matthewgoodfoundation.org/grantsforgood/

The Matthew Good Foundation has launched the next round of its Grants for Good Fund. The aim is to support small charities, notforprofit groups and social entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a difference to people, their community or the environment.

The Fund will share £10,000 between five shortlisted projects, which will be voted for by John Good Group employees. The project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of £3,500, second place £2,500, third place £2,000, with fourth and fifth place both receiving £1,000.

As well as established projects and charities, the Foundation are keen to hear from people with innovative ideas that need some funding to get their projects up and running.

To be eligible, applicants will have to have had an income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months.

Funding is awarded every three months and the deadline for the next funding round is the 15th September 2022.

The Cruach Trust (UK)

Organisation: Cruach Trust

Deadline: 12-09-2022

Link: http://www.wssociety.co.uk/charities/cruach-trust/

The Cruach Trust, which is a small charity, provides grants of up to £2,000 to preserve gardens throughout the United Kingdom has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 12th September 2022.   The funding is available to registered or recognised charities, societies, trusts or other bodies. There is a preference for small local and national charities.

The trustees also have discretion to make donations to a wide range of organisations in the UK and abroad, with charitable objectives of whatever nature.

Previous projects supported have included:

  • supporting a horticultural apprenticeship, arranged through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • grants for gardens, wildlife and the natural environment
  • grants for music, the arts and cultural charities
  • grants for medical research and support
  • grants for organisations working with children, the elderly and vulnerable

The trustees also have discretion to make donations to a wide range of organisations in the UK and abroad, with charitable objectives of whatever nature.

Useful Links:
Trustees Report and Accounts to Year End 31 March 2020

Trustees Report and Accounts to Year End 31 March 2019

Trustees Report and Accounts to Year End 31 March 2018

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund – Phase 2 Opens for Applications (England, Wales or Northern Ireland)

Organisation: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – Industrial Energy Transformation Fund

Deadline: 09-09-2022

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/industrial-energy-transformation-fund-ietf-phase-2-summer-2022

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched the second phase of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund. The aim of the fund is to provide grant funding for feasibility and engineering studies, and for the deployment of industrial energy efficiency and deep decarbonisation projects.

A total of £70 million is available for:

  • studies – feasibility and engineering studies to enable companies to investigate identified energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects prior to making an investment decision
  • energy efficiency – deployment of technologies to reduce industrial energy consumption
  • deep decarbonisation – deployment of technologies to achieve industrial emissions savings

The funding is available to businesses registered in England, Wales or Northern Ireland operating in the following sectors:

  • Mining and quarrying
  • Manufacturing
  • Recovery and recycling of materials
  • Data centre

The closing date for applications is 3pm on the 9th September 2022.

Grants of Up to £250,000 for Local Nature and Food Growing Projects (Wales)

Organisation: National Lottery Heritage Fund – Local Places for Nature Grant Scheme

Deadline: 09-09-2022

Link: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/local-places-nature

Community groups and statutory organisations can apply for grants of up to £250,000 for environmental or food growing projects in Wales.

The funding is being made available through the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Local Places for Nature grant scheme.

This funding is primarily for:

  • projects located or servicing the needs of communities in the 50% most deprived areas or
  • community food growing projects anywhere in Wales or
  • organisations/groups representing a diverse ethnic community from any part of Wales

This is a capital grant scheme and projects can last for up to 1 year. The grant will cover 100% of the project costs.

The scope for Local Places for Nature is broad but must include at least one of the Local Places for Nature Actions:

  • increase wildflower planting to create pollinator habitat sites
  • create wildlife habitat at a railway station or transport interchange
  • create or restore a community orchard
  • create or restore sensory gardens for therapeutic purposes in healthcare settings (NHS or charities only)
  • increase local tree planting including street trees, orchards and small woodlands including tiny forests
  • increase community food growing opportunities including the provision of allotments in all areas of Wales

The programme will remain open until funds are exhausted and decisions are made within eight weeks of application.

Grants to Support Projects in Horticulture, Plant Sciences, Fine Art & Art History (UK)

Organisation: Finnis Scott Foundation

Deadline: 09-09-2022

Link: https://www.finnis-scott-foundation.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/

UK charities and charitable organisations, including schools and colleges are eligible to apply for grants to support projects in the areas of horticulture, plant sciences, fine art and art history. The Foundation is especially interested in supporting horticultural training through bursaries and apprenticeships. Applications should be made by the sponsoring institution: individuals may not apply.

The Foundation will consider applications for one-off grants up to £10,000, but because of the high demand, most grants are currently £5,000 or less. Exceptionally, when funds permit, grants of as much as £60,000 are made, payable over several years.

The next closing date for applications is 4pm on the 9th September 2022.

Funding to Protect Endangered Species (UK/Worldwide)

Organisation: Peoples Trust for Endangered Species – Conservation Insight Grants

Deadline: 07-09-2022

Link: https://ptes.org/grants/apply-grant/worldwide-grant-criteria/

Scientific researchers and conservationists in the UK and around the world are invited to apply for funding for work that is aimed at the preservation of endangered species.

Grants of up to £10,000 per annum for up to two years will be awarded to projects that:

  • find the critical scientific evidence that will facilitate the conservation of a species
  • provide the answer to a key conservation question, which will enable conservationists to undertake critical conservation action
  • undertake the implementation of a key local action which will result in a significantly, positive impact for an endangered species

High priority projects include:

  • gathering evidence needed to undertake necessary mitigation work
  • using scientific evidence to get changes made to local, national or international policy
  • devising and testing a new methodology for monitoring a species or group of species

The funding is made available by the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species through their Conservation Insight Grants which close to applications at 11:59pm on the 7th of September 2022.

Funding to Improve Access to Green Space in Deprived Urban Areas (England)

Organisation: Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities – Levelling Up Parks Fund

Deadline: 05-09-2022

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/levelling-up-parks-fund-prospectus

The Government has launched a new £9 million fund to create or significantly revamp parks in deprived urban areas in England.

Through the Levelling Up Parks Fund, grants of up to £85,000 will be allocated to 85 pre-selected local authorities in areas with the least access to green space.

Councils will be able to choose the nature and location of the new or improved parks, which could include anything from community gardens to formal greens or town parks.

Areas set to benefit include Birmingham, Liverpool, Carlisle and 16 London boroughs. Of the investment, £2 million will support tree planting in the new parks.

Eligible councils will need to complete an opt-in form by the 5th of September 2022.

Useful Links:
Levelling Up Parks Fund: Prospectus

New £2 Million Fund to Support New Ideas that will Benefits People and the Planet (UK)

Organisation: Innovate UK

Deadline: 31-08-2022

Link: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/1231/overview/0443af44-d8d5-4909-8b66-2e5bb46a4a11#summary

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £2 million in early-stage innovation projects that use people and planet centred design processes and expertise.

The competition will help businesses, charities, public sector and not-for-profit organisations working alone or in collaboration to develop new ideas or test and improve existing early-stage ideas that will deliver benefits for people and the planet aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. These can be for new or significantly improved products, services, places or business models.

The competition is for eligible organisations that want to test and improve the customer experience, social and environmental benefits of their early stage ideas, as well as generating new ideas.

Applications are encouraged from organisations that have not previously used people and planet centred design processes or expertise.

This competition closes at 11am UK on the 31st August 2022.

Funding to Help Disadvantaged Communities Connect with Nature in Wales

Organisation: National Lottery Heritage Fund – Local Places for Nature: Breaking Barriers programme

Deadline: 31-08-2022

Link: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/local-places-for-nature-breaking-barriers

Not for profit organisations can apply for grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 to encourage people from marginalised and disadvantaged communities across Wales to reconnect with nature.

£400,000 in funding is provided by Local Places for Nature: Breaking Barriers programme to support communities such as black and minority ethnic, refugee, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller groups, and those experiencing poverty, unemployment and ill health who live in urban or near urban areas to identify and address barriers to participation in nature activities.

Funding can be used to cover costs such as staffing, training and support, community consultation and ‘taster’ events.

The programme is funded by the Welsh Government and managed by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The closing date for submitting a project enquiry form is the 31st of August 2022.

The closing date for applications is the 28th of October 2022.

Grants to Research Carbon Storage in New & Restored Habitats (England)

Organisation: Natural England – Habitat Creation Grant

Deadline: 29-08-2022

Link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nature-based-solutions-for-climate-apply-for-a-habitat-creation-grant

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations, public bodies and businesses in England, for partnership-led pilot projects to research carbon storage in new and restored habitats.

The funding is made available by the Environment Agency through the Habitat Creation Grant which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote carbon sequestration.

The fund will be administered by Natural England, which will work with successful pilot projects to carry out research and monitoring to compare carbon storage and uptake across different habitats of different ages in an area of at least 500 hectares in size, including native woodland, peaty pockets, hedgerows, heath, fen, and semi-natural grassland.

The closing date for applications is midday on the 29th August 2022.

£5 Million Fund to Research Carbon Storage in Various Habitats (England)

Organisation: Natural England – Habitat Creation Grant

Deadline: 29-08-2022

Link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nature-based-solutions-for-climate-apply-for-a-habitat-creation-grant

Not-for-profit organisations, public bodies, and companies or other businesses registered withHMRC can apply for a share of £5 million in government funding to research carbon storage in a variety of newly-created and restored habitats.

The funding will support partnership-led pilot projects that achieve habitat creation and restoration in an area of at least 500 hectares in size.

The funding is made available through the Habitat Creation Grant, and administered by Natural England who will work with successful projects to carry out research and monitoring to compare carbon storage and uptake across different habitats of different ages, including native woodland, peaty pockets, hedgerows, heath, fen, and semi-natural grassland. 

A minimum of 15% match funding is required.

The deadline for applications is midday on the 29th August 2022. 

For any questions about the application process or the programme please contact: sofnbsforclimatechange@naturalengland.org.uk.

East Midlands Airport Community Fund Opens for Applications (East Midlands)

Organisation: East Midlands Airport Community Fund

Deadline: 24-08-2022

Tickets: https://www.eastmidlandsairport.com/community/supporting-the-local-community/charitable-giving/

Communities affected by the operation of East Midlands airport can apply for grants of up to £2,000 for projects that have a long-lasting community, social or environmental benefit.

The funding is being made available through the East Midlands Airport Community Fund. In order for an application to be successful, it must meet at least one of the following objectives:

  • provide help to community groups that are supporting vulnerable people during the Covid-19 outbreak
  • bring the community closer together through facilities for sport, recreation and other leisure-time activities
  • support young people to prepare for employment
  • offer environmental improvement and/or heritage conservation
  • improve awareness of environmental issues, and encourage and/or protect wildlife

The next closing date for applications is the 24th August 2022.

The application form is available on the East Midlands Airport Community Fund website (link below).

Useful Links:
Community Fund Brochure

Funding Programme to Help Young People Pursue Careers in Nature

Organisation: Groundwork UK

Deadline: 17-08-2022

Tickets: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/news/apply-now-work-placements-young-people-natural-heritage

Funding is available to help young people find paid work placements in the UK’s landscape and natural heritage sector.

The New to Nature Programme will provide work placements for around seventy young people aged 18 to 25 from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds who might not have considered a career in nature.

The funding, which is made available by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Groundwork UK, will cover up to 90%* of the salary and associated costs of full or part-time placements in nature and landscape organisations across the UK, with the aim of improving diversity and inclusion in the sector and creating a natural legacy to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Employees that wish to host a placement have until the 17th of August 2022 to submit their expressions of interest.

Grants of £30,000 Available to Enhance the Income Potential of Social Organisations (England)

Organisation: Social Investment Business – Enterprise Fund

Deadline: 15-08-2022

Link: https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/funds/enterprise-development-programme/

Environmental organisations and organisations led by those from Black and Minoritised communities can apply for grants and other business support measures to help build their financial resilience by developing and exploring new models of generating income through trading.

The funding is being made available through the Social Investment Business Enterprise Fund.  As well as the grant, applicants who successfully apply to the programme can receive tailored business support, including joining a peer cohort to share ideas, training and direct advice and support. 

The grant can be used to research or test new ideas, launch new enterprises or grow existing ones. 

The next application window for environmental organisations is from the 25th July to the 15th August 2022. For Black and Minoritised community organisations the next application window is from the 6th September to the 27th September 2022.

£750 million Nature for Climate Fund

Organisation: UK Government

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-expansion-of-woodlands-for-communities-across-england

The UK Government is investing in the planting of millions of trees to expand our woodlands.

These woodlands will become larger, well-designed, and more diverse in order to be more reliant to the effects of climate change, including natural hazards. They will help to reduce flood risks, increase biodiversity, and provide sustainable UK grown timber.

Woodlands including the Humber and Mersey forests, and partners such as Northern Forest, National Forest and Great Northumberland Forest are set to benefit. These projects will expand the forests and woodlands near our cities, towns and villages, as well as our rivers.

One of the main aims is to get more people into nature and to improve people’s health and mental wellbeing.

Planting these trees is expected to absorb 600,000 tonnes of CO2 by 2050.

The forestry and environmental sectors are also set to benefit as green jobs will be created and economic growth with begin to spread throughout the country.

Climate Action Fund

Organisation: National Lottery Community Fund – Climate Action Fund

Link: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/climate-action-fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that the £100 million Climate Action Fund has re-opened for applications. Up to £8 million is available to community projects across the UK that are focusing on the link between nature and climate.

Groups can apply for National Lottery funding of up to £1.5 million over two to five years to support place based and UK-wide partnerships that use nature to encourage more community-led climate action and help communities tackle climate change. The National Lottery Community Fund expects most projects to be funded between £300,000 and £500,000.

Development grants of £50,000 to £150,000 over 12 to 18 months are also available for those communities wanting to develop initial ideas.

National Lottery Community Fund is interested in projects that can do at least one of the following:

  • show how creating a deeper connection with nature will lead to changing people’s behaviours and greater care for the environment
  • show how by bringing nature back into the places we live and work, we can help communities to reduce or adapt to the impacts of climate change

It is anticipated that 12 – 15 projects will be funded.

Applications will be accepted from:

  • local partnerships
  • UK-wide partnerships which are delivered across at least two UK countries (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales)

Community partnerships can be led by one of the following types of organisation:

  • constituted group or club
  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • charitable incorporated organisation (SCIO/CIO)
  • community interest company (CIC)
  • not-for-profit company limited by guarantee – applicants must be a registered charity or have a not-for-profit ‘asset lock’ clause in your articles of association
  • school, college, university (providing the project benefits and involves the wider local communities)
  • statutory body (including, town, parish and community council)
  • community benefit society

There is no deadline and applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis.

To get more information about this funding, you can attend an online event on:

  • 26 July 2022 – 12-1pm
  • 23 August 2022 – 12-1pm
  • 23 August 2022 – 5-6pm
  • 27 September 2022 – 12-1pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uGtxwYRgAk

£5 Million Fund to Develop Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Technology (Scotland)

Organisation: Scottish Government – CO2 Utilisation Challenge Fund

Link: https://www.gov.scot/news/gbp-5-million-to-develop-carbon-dioxide-utilisation-technology/

In an effort to tackle climate change, a new two-year initiative has been launched to help develop emerging CO2 utilisation technology.

The funding will help businesses and organisations across Scotland to develop and make use of emerging technology to convert carbon dioxide into commercially useful forms, such as synthetic fuels and aquaculture proteins.

Grants are expected to be in the region of £150,000 to £500,000, and will cover up to 50% of incurred eligible costs. Priority will be given to projects that focus on products and processes with low carbon intensity.

The funding, which is being made available through the Scottish Government’s CO2 Utilisation Challenge Fund, will be administered by Scottish Enterprise and match-funded by industry.

£300 Million Fund for Climate Friendly Heating (Scotland)

Organisation: Scottish Government – Heat Network Fund

Link: https://www.gov.scot/publications/heat-network-fund-application-guidance/

To help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from homes and buildings, the Scottish Government has launched a new £300 million fund to support the development and roll-out of zero-emission heat networks.

The funding will be made available through the Heat Network Fund which aims to accelerate the development of heat networks by switching homes and non-domestic building from fossil fuels to zero emission heating.

The fund is open to both public and private sector applicants to support projects where the heat for individual homes and commercial properties is supplied from a communal source.

Expressions of interest can be submitted at any time.

£200 Million Fund Launched to Help Farmers Reach Net-Zero (UK)

Organisation: Virgin Money PLC – Agri E Fund

Link: https://uk.virginmoney.com/brighter-money/helping-farmers-create-a-greener-future/

Virgin Money PLC has launched a new £200 million fund to help the UK agriculture sector transition to net zero.

The Agri E Fund will offer low-cost loans for farmers to invest in suitable adaptations to their businesses which will reduce their on-farm emissions. Loans with 0% arrangement fees can be provided when farmers complete a carbon audit, and are looking to borrow over £50,000 to invest in emission reducing initiatives, like renewable energy, energy efficiency initiatives or activities that reduce greenhouse gases.

Virgin Money agriculture customers who are interested in or would like to find out more about the Agri E Fund, please contact your relationship manager.

No application deadline is given.

Free Trees for Schools & Community Groups (UK)

Organisation: Woodland Trust

Link: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/schools-and-communities/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwpv2TBhDoARIsALBnVnl4mX3ME2YPKMkKZu_l0kI5ujcVNuUrw9IhbLoocKo68CjWepkrLXQaAhtJEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Hundreds of thousands of trees are being given away to help the UK reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target.

Schools, nurseries, colleges, universities, outdoor learning centres, and other groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, scouts and guides from across the UK are amongst the organisations eligible to apply for up to 420 trees to improve their local environment.

Tree packs available include hedging, copse, wild harvest, year-round colour, working wood, wild wood, wildlife, and urban trees.

The Woodland Trust is currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in November 2022.

Applications are not currently being accepted from Northern Ireland.

Useful Links:
Frequently Asked Questions

Funding Available for Green Projects (UK)

Organisation: DPD

Link: https://green.dpd.co.uk/

Delivery company DPD has announced that grants of up to £2,000 are available through its Eco Fund. The fund is open to anyone but schools and educational facilities across the UK working on green projects with their students and start-up companies working on developing environmentally friendly products are particularly encouraged to apply.

Previous projects supported include:

  • Hinckley Academy, which received £1,000 to purchase seven recycling bins for the school canteen area. The bins in the canteen area allowed pupils to segregate waste, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
  • Pitmaston Primary School has received £1,700 funding to redevelop its forest school facility and plant hedgerows creating an environment for wildlife to thrive.

Applications are reviewed monthly and there are no application deadlines.

Funding Available for Low Carbon and Climate Change Projects (Hertfordshire)

Organisation: Hertfordshire County Council – Sustainable Hertfordshire Fund

Link: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/sustainable-hertfordshire-fund

Hertfordshire County Council, in partnership with Crowdfunder and Hertfordshire Community Foundation, has launched the Sustainable Hertfordshire Fund to support local projects to become carbon neutral and tackle climate change.

Not-for-profit voluntary and community organisations can apply for a grant to match funds of up to 50% of costs, up to £5,000, for projects that enable and inspire people to take action against climate change.

Projects could engage with people who would not normally be involved in sustainability issues, encourage people to become more active, deliver new programmes of education or help people to develop new skills, or provide people with volunteering opportunities.

A total of £50,000 in funding is available, and pledges will be allocated once projects have reached a minimum of 25% of their target.

Funding to Support the Manufacturing Industry to Reduce Emissions & Cut Waste (Scotland)

Organisation: Scottish Government – Low Carbon Manufacturing Challenge Fund

Link: https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/support-for-businesses/funding-and-grants/business-grants/low-carbon-manufacturing-challenge-fund

More than £25 million in funding is available over the next four years to support the Scottish manufacturing industry to reduce emissions and cut waste. The funding will support businesses that wish to pursue business growth by developing low carbon products, processes, technologies or services.

Grants of over £150,000 are available, with amounts varying depending on the type of proposal – whether it is a research and development, a capital investment, or an environmental aid project.

Businesses will be required to fund the rest of the project independently once an amount has been allocated.

The funding is being made available by the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Manufacturing Challenge Fund, and administered by Scottish Enterprise.

Funding will be available from 19th May 2022 until 31st March 2026 and applicants should submit an expression of interest in the first instance.

Postcode Community Trust Re-opens for Applications (Wales)

Orgaisation: Postcode Community Trust

Link: https://www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/

The Postcode Community Trust has announced that its grants programme will open to applications monthly from the 1st February 2022.

Funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the Trust makes grants to support smaller charities and good causes in Wales for projects that have a positive impact on communities and the environment. Community Benefit Societies and Community Interest Companies can apply for grants of up to £25,000, and other not for profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £2,500 to support both project and core costs.

To be eligible to apply, organisations will need to have an annual income of below £1 million with preference given to those with an income of below £500,000 per year.

A limited number of applications will be accepted each funding round in line with the amount of funds available. Applications may close quickly.

Applications will open at 9am on around the 1st of each month.

Useful Links:
Funding Guide

Round 12 of Government’s Heat Networks Delivery Unit Opens to Applications (England & Wales)

Organisation: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/heat-networks-delivery-unit#heat-network-guidance

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched a new round of its Heat Networks Delivery Unit which provides funding and guidance for local authorities in England and Wales who are developing heat network projects, helping them through each development stage.

This round will also allow registered social landlords, property developers, universities, NHS Trusts, and other government departments to apply for the funding of techno-economic feasibility studies and detailed project development support.

There is no upper or lower limit for public sector applications, but all other applicant organisations may only apply for up to £332,000 over a three-year period.  Some match funding is required.

The next application deadline is 12pm on the 1st July 2022.

Useful Links:
Guidance

Finance for Energy Efficiency Projects (Scotland)

Organisation: Salix – Recycling Fund Scheme

Link: https://www.salixfinance.co.uk/Salix_Funding

Scottish local authorities and universities are encouraged to apply for interest free loans to finance energy efficiency projects.

Through the Recycling Fund Scheme, Salix will provide ring-fenced funding in the form of a repayable grant which is matched by the participating public sector organisation to be spent on estate-wide energy efficiency retrofits.

The financial savings made from these projects are reinvested year-on-year for up to ten years to finance further energy reduction schemes.

Salix currently has 117 Recycling Fund partner organisations, with fund sizes varying from £100,000 to £1.6 million.

This scheme is closed to new applicants in England and Wales.

£54 million to innovative heat network projects in England

Organisation: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/54m-heat-network-funding-helps-households-ditch-fossil-fuels

  • Over £54 million in UK Government funding will enable the supply of clean energy to nearly 28,000 homes and businesses in England
  • Cash will support the rollout of heat networks helping reduce energy bills and support local regeneration
  • Move away from costly fossil fuels will see heat networks also help shore up the UK’s energy independence