Funding Sources for Biodiversity Projects

There are a number of funding sources available for biodiversity work.

Awards for All England is supported by the Arts Council England, the Big Lottery Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England. They award grants of between £300 and £10,000 for people to take part in art, sport, heritage and community activities, and projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community. Examples of biodiversity projects include creating a community wildlife garden or running environmental training workshops.

Biffaward looks to support site-based projects that protect and enhance biodiversity across the UK , particularly those concentrating on species and habitats that have been identified as a priority in Biodiversity Action Plans or similar documents.

The main criteria are:

• The project’s site is within 25 miles of a Biffa operation
• The project’s site is also within 10 miles of a landfill site (owned by any company)

You can apply for up to £50,000.

England Woodland Grant Scheme is the Forestry Commission’s suite of grants designed to develop the co-ordinated delivery of public benefits from England ‘s woodlands. There are six different grant schemes available.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation supports work that focuses on the UK ‘s cultural life, education, and the natural environment.

Ethnic Minorities Award Scheme for Environmental Projects is a small scheme aimed at schools, community groups and individuals undertaking projects which concern the environment and involve people from ethnic communities.  Grants of up to £500 are available.

Groundwork Community Spaces Grant Scheme is a £50 million open grants programme that is managed by Groundwork UK . The programme helps community groups create or improve green and open spaces so that the quality of life in neighbourhoods across England is enhanced. Grants start at £10,000,

Types of projects can include for example;

•  Community gardens and parks
•  Informal sports areas and multi-use games areas
•  Nature reserves
•  Squares and village greens
•  Churchyards
•  Ponds and projects which improve the local community’s access to green space

Heritage Lottery Fund gives grants to a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage, this includes environmental heritage.

•  Heritage Grants (grants of more than £50,000)
•  Your Heritage (grants of between £3,000 and £50,000)
•  Young Roots (grants of between £3,000 and £25,000 for young people celebrating heritage)
•  Parks for people (grants of between £250,000 and £5 million which helps with the restoration and regeneration of public parks and gardens, and can apply to Local Nature Reserves)

Local Food Grants is a £50 million programme that will distribute lottery grants to a variety of food-related projects to help make locally grown food accessible and affordable to local communities. Funds are available for projects requesting between £2,000 and £500,000

SITA Trust support community and environmental improvement projects through the Landfill Communities Fund. Enriching Nature is SITA Trust’s funding programme for wildlife projects. It supports projects within ten miles of landfill sites (owned by any company) in England . Not for profit organisations, charities, and Local Authorities can apply. You can apply for up to £120,000 for an individual project.

The Community Foundation Local Action on Global Issues grant programmme aims to raise awareness of environmental issues.  Grants from £1,000 to £20,000 are awarded to projects that educate people about global environmental issues and involve people in practical projects to raise awareness of global warming. The grants programme currently only covers Northumberland and Tyne and Wear .

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a general grant giving charity making grants in many areas, including environmental projects.  There is no size limit to applications.  The Trustees consider every application on its own merits.

The Naturesave Trust is keen to support those projects with a long term benefit which deal proactively with the root of a particular problem as opposed to merely reacting to the effects. The projects considered must be from environmental and conservationist groups and organisations who seek funding for specific projects and not the general administrative costs of their respective organisations.