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Funding Round-up – Environment, September/October 2021

Here is a collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations focusing on environment themes aimed at helping charities continue their work in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Due to the varying nature and progress of the pandemic, MVA do advise that some of the information below may have changed since the time of its issue, and ask that readers please check each organisation’s website for the latest information.

Grants from The Finnis Scott Foundation
The Finnis Scott Foundation awards grants of up to £10,000 to projects in the areas of horticulture and plant sciences, as well as art history and the enhancement, conservation and preservation of art.
Preference is given to smaller charities where a grant would have a significant impact.
The Foundation says they would fund both capital and revenue projects; but requests for salaries could not be considered, except in the case of educational support (bursaries and apprenticeships). The Foundation also advises the grants are not given for expenses that have already been made.
For more information and how to apply, visit the Foundation’s website.

LOCASE (Low Carbon Across the South East)
The LOCASE fund will soon be a position to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) again with grant funding through to Spring of 2023.
LoCASE is a grants and support programme backed by the EU and local councils, designed to:
  • Help businesses save money on energy, and
  • Support growth and innovation in the Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services (LCEGS) sector
The project’s intention has been to reduce business-related carbon emissions across the region, as well as help businesses to become more profitable, competitive and innovative.
LOCASE provides grants and business support to ‘green’ SMEs to help them grow and develop new products and services.
The scheme also provides support to any type of SME to help improve their environmental performance, such as reducing energy costs or installing renewable energy systems.
To find out more, apply for a grant or to be involved, visit the project’s website.

The Schroder Charity Trust
The Schroder Charity Trust awards grants up to £5,000 (average £2,500) to UK registered charities working in:
  • Education and Young People;
  • Communities;
  • Environment and Conservation;
  • Health;
  • Arts and Culture;
  • International Development;
  • Heritage; and
  • Supporting the Armed Forces.
The Trust says grants can be used to cover both core costs and specific project costs, but not large capital appeals.
More information and how to apply can be found at the Trust’s website.

Funding Programme from Steel Charitable Trust
Grants of up to £25,000 are available from Steel Charitable Trust
to registered UK charities working in the areas of arts and heritage, education, environment, health, or social and economic disadvantage.
The Trust says the funding can be used for:
  • Capital projects.
  • Specific projects.
  • Research programmes.
  • Core costs.
The Trust does advise that applicants are encouraged to submit applications early as they receive more applications than it has funds to support; and since the COVID-19 outbreak their funding has become more sought after.
For this season, the deadline for applications is 20th October 2021 with further dates to be announced later this year.
For more information and how to apply, visit the Trust’s website.

Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society
Financial support is available from the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society to UK merchant seafarers and fishers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The response fund will provide support to working age seafarers facing the economic impact of the pandemic.
The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society advises they provide the grants to seafarers with at least five years of sea service.
At the time of writing there was no deadline specified, so enquiries to apply for the funding could be made at any time.
More information and how to apply can be found at the Society’s website.

EXCLUSIVE - Turn2us Grants Search
The Turn2us Grants Search is a FREE TO USE database which contains details of over 3,000 charitable funds that give grants and other support to individuals who may either:
  • Be in financial need and have welfare needs, or
  • Require help with the costs associated with education and training courses
More information can be found at the Turn2us website.

If you would like to see coverage of specific funding or grant rounds to help your charity, your project, your community group or enterprise, you can get in touch by email at info@mva.org.uk, you can also contact MVA via the website.