Environment/Agriculture Funders

Funder Amount Closing Date Status
Greggs Foundation Environmental Grants Small: Up to £10,000 4 Mar 2017 Open Using money from the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops, the Greggs Foundation has established the Environmental Grants scheme and is offering both large and small grants for projects which make a difference to local areas, with preference given to projects that involve or benefit people who are disadvantaged. Organisations that are based near a Greggs shop will be given priority. Funding is available for projects that benefit the local environment in a way that will improve people’s lives. All projects must have environmental benefit. Priority will be given to projects that benefit disadvantaged people, which could include the following groups: People with disabilities or suffering chronic illness. People living in a disadvantaged area. People living in an area with poor access to the environment. Voluntary carers. Homeless people. Isolated older people. Other identified need. Grants can cover the purchase of equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees/plants, small capital projects and learning activities.  
(Social Economy Growth Fund) Not Specified 17 Feb 2017 Closed The Social Economy Growth Fund will enable the third sector/social economy to improve and increase services and support for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. It will help organisations to increase their capacity to support disadvantaged people – for example by expanding existing services and employing additional staff. The Fund will support organisations with a proven track record of working successfully with individuals and families who experience disadvantage, poverty and social exclusion. Organisations applying are expected to: •support people to move into better paid employment •increase household income •improve people's skills •empower people to find and own solutions to poverty themselves   Full details including eligibility criteria and the application process are available from https://beta.gov.scot/publications/social-economy-growth-fund-guidance/ The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 17 February.
Action Earth Small: Up to £10,000 Open Action Earth is helping to get people and communities busy outdoors. The campaign has grants to give to groups of volunteers who are carrying out environmental projects in Scotland. Grants from £50 to £250 are available for practical activities that involve volunteers in improving outdoor spaces or creating habitats for wildlife. Grants can be used to purchase plants, tools and materials or to cover volunteer expenses. If your group is volunteering on a Local Nature Reserve we can give you up to £500 for practical work, wildlife recording or educational activities that encourage more people onto the reserve. The campaign is run by Volunteering Matters (formerly known as CSV)
B&Q - Waste Donation Scheme Not Specified Open This Scheme operates through B&Q's UK and Republic of Ireland stores as it donates unsalable products to community groups, charities and schools for projects that will benefit the local community. B&Q donates unsalable products and waste materials for re-use, such as slightly damaged tins of paint, off-cuts of timber, odd rolls of wallpaper, and end-of-range materials. Groups will need to complete a waste donation form, which is available from the environmental champion, diversity champion, or duty manager in store. The form must be returned to the store, together with a covering letter (on headed paper) to the Manager of the B&Q store from which items are requested, indicating the school/charity/community group’s interest in receiving waste items. Subject to the request being authorised,the school/charity/group will be added to a list of potential recipients. Applicants are advised to keep in contact with the store to checkon availability of materials. Stores may also contact applicants, should appropriate items be available for donation.
Big Lotter Fund - improving lives - Medium Medium: Up to £100,000 Open Many people experience challenges at some point in their lives and we want to support activity that helps them overcome these difficulties and become more resilient. We want to fund activity that means people: are better able to identify ways to take control over their lives and build resilience are able to shape the activities and services they use to better meet their needs have more access to support and opportunities to improve their lives. For applications up to £150,000 you only need to fill in a single application form. If you are applying for between £150,000 and £1 million there is a different form and two stage process. To get an application form or to discuss what you're planning, contact our Scotland Advice Team on 0300 123 7110 or advicescotland@biglotteryfund.org.uk      
Central Scotland Green Network - Community Project Fund 2017 Small: Up to £10,000 Open The £40,000 Community Project Fund – supported by £30,000 funding from the Greggs Foundation and £10,000 from Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) - will provide one-off grants of up to £1,000 to support small-scale greenspace initiatives and to foster community engagement in maintaining and enhancing the local environment.   For further information or to discuss a potential application to the CSGN Community Project Fund 2017, please visit their website via the link below.  Alternatively email them at cpf@csgnt.org.uk There are no published deadlines.
Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) Not Specified 28 Aug 2017 Open Community-led organisations from across Scotland are invited to apply to the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) for funding to support local projects that tackle climate change. CCF grants of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year, are available for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020*. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process for a CCF Grant, is 17:00 on 28 August 2017. CCF Development Grants of up to £1,500 are available until further notice to help community-led organisations identify and scope out potential climate action projects - with the aim of enabling the organisation to apply for a CCF grant or to another funder. Applications for Development Grant are invited monthly. About the Climate Challenge Fund - Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and has staff that support applicants and those awarded grants. To date, the CCF has awarded grants totalling £85.8 million - supporting a range of successful projects, including energy efficiency improvements to community-owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options and community growing initiatives, plus schemes that help reduce waste and move Scotland further towards a more circular economy. Apply Now - Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the CCF website to find out if their organisation and project idea is eligible for funding. Keep Scotland Beautiful advise all potential applicants to submit an Expression of Interest as soon as possible, (deadline is 17:00 on 28 August 2017), to allow as much time as possible to develop their application. www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ccf
Coalfields Regeneration Trust Medium: Up to £100,000 Open The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is the leading regeneration organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life in Britain’s former mining communities. Since 1999 they have invested over £260m in projects that make a positive difference to the lives of people in our target communities across the UK and we continue to deliver services that help people gain new skills, achieve qualifications, find work, set up and grow new businesses and become more active in their communities.
Community gardening vouchers Small: Up to £10,000 Open £2,000 of garden vouchers are available to community, neighbourhood and school gardens who want to bring back community gardening, revitalise streets and inspire people to take up gardening and grow their green skills. For more information, visit: www.daviddomoney.com/cultivation-street/campaign-categories/.
Cruden Foundation Limited Not Specified Open this scheme makes grants available for registered charities in Scotland working for the support and improvment of the community funding is available for activities that support the main purposes of the trust as follows: The advancement of education the advancment of health The advacment of citizenship or community deelopment. The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science The advancement of public participation in sport The provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational activities, withe the object of iproving the conditions of life for the person for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended the advacement of environmental protection or improvement the relief of those in need by reson of age , ill health, disability, finacial hardship or other disadvantage. the advacement of Animal welfare.   The trust does not maintain and email address or website. applications must be submitted in writing and must demonstrate need and purposes of support and be adressed to   The Secretary Cruden Foundation Limite Baserton House Juniper Green Edinburgh EH14 3HN
Ernest Cook Trust Up to £50,000 Open As well as offering a wide-ranging programme of land-based learning for children and young people, the Ernest Cook Trust gives grants to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest either in the countryside and the environment or the arts (in the broadest sense) or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.
Esmee Fairbairn Fund Medium: Up to £100,000 Open The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. The aim is to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK both now and in the future. They fund the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. fund across four main sectors – Arts, Children and Young People, Environment and Social Change – as well as through our Food funding strand. Across all our funding we aim to unlock and enable potential, back the unorthodox and unfashionable, build collective networks and catalyse system change.  
Forestry Commission Scotland – Community Fund Medium: Up to £100,000 31 Mar 2018 Open The Forestry Commission Scotland’s Community Fund supports community groups and organisations to encourage and support people to use woods more in order to improve the health and well-being of people and their communities. Funding is on a sliding scale: -    100% for projects up to a total cost of £5,000 -    Up to 90% for projects with a total cost of between £5,001 - £20,000 -    Up to 75% for projects exceeding £20,000 Applicants should contact their local FCS Conservancy office for more information.
Gannochy Trust Large: Over £100,000 Open A K Bell’s philanthropy has been developed into one of the more substantial grant-making trusts in Scotland. Originally, the Trust contributed to worthy charitable causes solely within Perth and its immediate environs. In 1967 a Scheme of Alterations was approved by the Court of Session to expand its grant-making footprint to the whole of Scotland, but with a preference for Perth and its environs. The Trust has made significant contributions to a wide variety of projects across Scotland over many years, ranging from major national flagship projects to smaller, but nonetheless important, community projects.
Garfield Weston Foundation Large: Over £100,000 Open The Foundation aims to be responsive to where need is greatest. We therefore support a wide range of charitable activity rather than having specific priorities for funding or regional bias. Our Trustees support excellence and, rather than predetermining where funds should be given, prefer to respond on a flexible basis to organisations that can show that they are addressing a need and that their work is high quality.
Lanarkshire LEADER Large: Over £100,000 Open LEADER is a European funding programme which supports rural community and business projects. In Scotland it is delivered as part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) in partnership with Local Action Groups (LAGs). The Lanarkshire LEADER area covers part of rural North Lanarkshire and all of the rural area of South Lanarkshire - for full details see our area map. Local community development and economic development are priority concerns in rural Lanarkshire. We will support projects and investments related to the following themes: Developing Communities Growing Business (including social enterprise and entrepreneurship) Heritage, Culture and the Environment Who can apply? LEADER funding is available to the following groups: constituted community groups public organisations and agencies partnerships, trusts and other non-governmental organisations social enterprises rural and farm businesses How to apply Firstly, you should register your interest by completing an expression of interest on the Scottish Rural Network website.  Your enquiry will be forwarded to the Lanarkshire LEADER LAG for processing. If your proposed project fits with the qualifying criteria you will be asked to submit a full application with supporting information including the following: a project plan and or business plan including financial projections governance paperwork such as a constitution and equality policies organisation/company accounts bank account details evidence of the how reasonable the project costs are/tender reports other relevant paperwork - the LEADER team will advise
Land Trust Not Specified Open One of the largest environmental bodies in Scotland, LandTrust has facilitated many environmental projects funded by the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). They have a proven track record in working with landfill operators and project applicants to secure funding and oversee projects to completion.
Mushroom Trust Not Specified Open The Mushroom Trust is a small Scottish Charity which supports the creation and improvement of green spaces, particularly in urban environments, for the benefit of the public. The Trustees support projects throughout Scotland, and in particular projects based in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
One Stop Carriers for Causes Grants Small: Up to £10,000 Open The One Stop’s ‘Carriers for Causes’ grants programme is funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores in England, Wales and Scotland. The funding is administered by Groundwork on behalf of One Stop. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for projects that benefit local communities within two miles of a One Stop store in Great Britain. Projects must meet at least one of the following outcomes: Improving the lives of young people. Improving the lives of the elderly. Promoting physical activity. Improving health or well being. Increasing community safety. Protecting or improving the local environment. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to: One off community events such as community fun day expenses, summer youth camp, litter picking, day trips costs for community based clubs or organisations, sports events, expenses to pay for terminally ill cancer patients on visits to the seaside. Purchasing items to run a project such as specialised medical equipment, football/cricket /netball kit for local junior club, arts and craft materials for a workshop, kitchen equipment for a healthy eating project, marketing materials for an event, fishing kit for youth project. Improvements to community buildings such as painting, refurbishing buildings such as hospices, scout or guide huts, school building, community centres. Improvements to external spaces such as park clean ups, community gardens, hospital/hospice gardens, disabled access projects, food growing projects, woodland walk. Purchasing materials to undertake a place based improvement project such as buying paint, litter pickers, gravel, grass seed, plants, and benches. The funding can be spent on project costs as follows: 90% of the grant must be spent on direct delivery, by which is meant physical works and labour costs. 10% of the grant can be spent on indirect costs, by which is meant management, administration, evaluation, promotion, fundraising, and training. Non-profit making organisations can apply as long as they are constituted and have a governing docume
Parks for People (HLF) Large: Over £100,000 Open Parks for People is for projects related to historic parks and cemeteries in the UK. You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million.  
Scottish Land Fund Large: Over £100,000 Open The Scottish Land Fund supports rural and urban communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets. Funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, it offers grants of up to £1 million to help communities take ownership of the land and buildings that matter to them, as well as practical support to develop their aspirations into viable projects. Successful applicants will clearly demonstrate that their project will help their local community to: •Achieve more sustainable economic, environmental and/or social development through ownership of land and buildings •Have a stronger role in and control over their own development •Own well managed, financially sustainable land and buildings Applicants will have the opportunity to test out and develop their ideas with support from a Scottish Land Fund Adviser from H&IE The Scottish Land Fund is open to organisations in both urban and rural Scotland which are community-led, community-controlled, and defined by a geographic area. Applicants can be from one of a wide range of representative community bodies, including voluntary organisations, social enterprises or community councils. You can apply for grants between £10,000 and £1 million to fund the purchase of land or land assets. You can also request some revenue funding to help with the cost of developing your proposal or initial running costs of your project after acquisition.
Scottish Power Energy People Trust Medium: Up to £100,000 4 Oct 2017 Open Scottish Power Energy People Trust: Funding to Tackle Fuel Poverty The Trust provides grants to registered charities for projects that address fuel poverty. Registered charities can apply for grants of up to £50,000 for projects that provide energy efficiency advice; improve home energy efficiency through draught proofing, insulating and or other practical measures; carry out benefits advice to households missing out on financial help that they are entitled to through welfare benefits and tax credits; and provide assistance to reduce or cancel debts for household electricity or gas supply. Applications are particularly welcome from charities who work with children, young people and families.  
Tesco Bags of Help Programme Small: Up to £10,000 Open Tesco offers grants through its Bags of Help Programme which is funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a government carrier bag levy. Each month, an in-store vote will determine which projects will be funded. Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across 200 regions throughout Great Britain. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1,000. Every year, over 7,000 projects will receive funding through this scheme. The funding is for projects which deliver improvements to the physical environment and/or encourage the use and long term stability of outdoor spaces. Examples include: Developing nature trails in a local park or nature reserve. Purchasing bee hives and seeding wildflower meadows on a community allotment. Providing forest school sessions in a primary school for 12 months. Developing a garden in a hospice, purchasing plants, benches and pergola. Supporting an artist in residence to work with the community to develop an art trail. Setting up a growing project for sheltered accommodation residents. Supporting a gardening project which helps local isolated residents form a gardening club. Supporting practical training for young people learning horticultural skills. Funding a series of summer events in a local park. Funding a programme of beach clean-up events. Repainting swings and play equipment in a park. Supporting community run summer sports and leisure activities in parks. Helping to set up Britain in Bloom local group, purchasing plants, planters, forks, spades and compost. Developing a community garden or orchard. Supporting local football club with the purchase of nets, balls and coaching sessions for under 12’s. A range of not-for-profit organisations can apply. This includes voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, community interest companies, friends of groups with a constitution, schools, health bodies (Primary Care Trust, NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Hospital etc), parish, town and community councils. There are no longer any application deadlines (previously they were quarterly). Applications are now open on a rolling basis and will be accepted at any time.
The Good Neighbour Fund Small: Up to £10,000 Open Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP), together with its main contractors Ferrovial Lagan and Amey, is launching The Good Neighbour Fund, a new funding initiative set up to give something back to local communities in close proximity to the £500m M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvement Project. Through The Good Neighbour Fund, SRP has allocated £15,000 for 2016 / 2017 to support local groups, organisations and charities that meet the funding criteria and is now inviting applications for grants of up to £500. Organisations eligible for funding should encourage education and skills development, support a local community initiative or charity, or have environmental benefits. All applications will be considered on an individual basis. For an application form, please email: info@scotroadspartnership.co.uk.
The MacRobert Trust Up to £50,000 Open Most monetary awards usually lie between £5,000 and £25,000 but larger awards, including capital grants, are sometimes given. A small grants programme facilitates awards of up to £5,000. Occasionally recurring grants are made for periods of up to three years.  There are 3 levels of monetary awards: small, medium and large.  Each level has its own specific governance arrangements and internal processes The themes and sub-themes define the scope of The Trust’s charitable work under its Charitable Donations Policy. The themes are listed below. The sub-themes are detailed separately in the document at the bottom of the page and are not listed in any priority order. Donations are given only to organisations registered as charities and are always dependent on funding availability. Trustees reserve the right to make changes to the themes and sub-themes and to make judgements on applications which do not qualify for support. Theme 1: Services and Sea Theme 2: Education and Training Theme 3: Children and Youth (See Note 1) Theme 4: Science, Engineering and Technology Theme 5: Agriculture and Horticulture Theme 6: Tarland and the Local Area