Funding Round-up – Environment (Part 1), May 2023

Here is a collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations focusing on environment themes aimed at helping charities continue work.

Whilst every effort has been made to provide up-to-date information, due to the varying nature and progress of public policies and other related activity, MVA do advise that some of the details below may have changed since the time of its issue and ask that readers please check with each organisation’s website for the latest news.

Kent Community Foundation - Priority Areas Route (Environment)
The Environment programme from the Kent Community Foundation awards grants typically to not-for-profit organisations and registered charities with projects that encourage local community action to improve local community and living spaces, as well as educational work that focuses on the impact of climate change on local communities across Kent and Medway.

The Foundation advise the aim of the funding is to support projects that understand the link between poverty of life and poverty of environment and try to improve the communities most affected.

The next deadline for applications is 31st May 2023, with further dates to be announced later.

More information and how to apply can be found at the foundation’s website.

Climate Action Fund from The National Lottery
The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) are offering grants to community-led partnerships to make changes in their community that they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change.

Projects should focus on a clear link between climate and nature, and bring other social and economic benefits such as:

  • The creation of strong, resilient, and healthy communities
  • Development of 'green' skills and jobs
The Funders says the grants are designed to support communities across the UK to act on climate change by reducing their carbon footprint.

The funders advise the monies could be used for some capital costs, like buying equipment or buying, leasing, refurbishing or developing land and buildings, or other construction-related work.

These capital costs could also include revenue costs such as staff costs, project costs, engagement activities, utilities or running costs, or management costs.

At the time of writing, TNLCF advised this scheme is a Continuous Rolling Programme OR until funding is spent.

More information and how to apply can be found at the TNLCF website.

RELAUNCHING - Community Gardens Award from National Garden Scheme
Grants will be available to established community groups for the creation of a garden or a similar project (such as an allotment) with horticultural focus for the benefit of the local community.

The Funders advise the applicant’s project should bring people together and encourage sharing of gardening skills and knowledge.

Grants could cover expenses such as:
  • Site preparation (including hire of small mechanical tools such as rotavators)
  • Hand tools and containers
  • Plants, trees, shrubs, and
  • Seating
The scheme is scheduled to relaunch this October 2023.

More information can be found at the National Garden Scheme website.

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