Energy, Environment and Transport

Grants Available for the Planting and Care of Trees, Orchards and Hedges (UK) 26th January 2021

Schools and community groups within the UK can apply for grants of between £300 and £1,500 to get communities and young people up to the age of 21 involved in planting of and caring for trees, orchards and hedges. The funding is being made available through the Tree Council’s Branching Out Fund. The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 12th February 2021. All projects must be completed and payments claimed by 31 March 2021.

East Midlands Airport Community Fund Opens for Applications (East Midlands) 25th January 2021

Communities around 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 which are supporting vulnerable people during the Covid-19 outbrea...

Funding to Promote Awareness of Smart Meters to People on Low Income and those without Access to the Internet (England, Scotland and Wales) 22nd January 2021

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to charities and other not for profit organisations for projects to help those who are offline and on a low income, understand and benefit from smart meters. Grants will be awarded to regionally-based organisations, with local networks, that are able to reach people who are on a low income and who have no personal internet access anywhere, inside and outside home, including via mobile devices. Housing ass...

Funding for Projects that Have a Positive Impact on Communities, People or the Environment (UK) 22nd January 2021

The Matthew Good Foundation has launched a Grants for Good Fund to support small charities, not-for-profit 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, th...

Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund Opens for Applications (England, Scotland and Wales) 21st January 2021

The Energy Saving Trust has announced that the new Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund has opened to applications. The fund can award grants between £50,000 and £500,000 to projects that demonstrate measurable and lasting reductions in the carbon intensity of energy end use and accelerate the transition to net zero carbon; and have a realistic prospect of delivering broadly replicable benefits to existing and/or future energy consumers. The fu...

International Awards for Sustainable Energy 2021 (International) 20th January 2021

Ashden, the climate solutions charity that supports projects in sustainable energy in the UK and the developing world, has announced their annual search for climate solutions. The competition for the International Awards is open to businesses, not-for-profit organizations, NGOs, and social enterprises whose activities take place in low- and middle-income countries worldwide with categories promoting innovation in natural climate solutions, ene...

Awards for Sustainable Energy Projects Opens to Entries (UK) 19th January 2021

Ashden, the climate solutions charity that supports projects in sustainable energy in the UK and the developing world, has announced that the UK competition for their 2021 Ashden Awards is now open to entries. This year, three categories target initiatives in the UK: green skills training; green community initiatives; and climate innovation. As well as a cash grant of £10,000, winning organisations will receive development support, networking...

Funding to Support Vulnerable Energy Consumers (England, Scotland and Wales) 18th January 2021

The Energy Saving Trust has announced that charities in England, Scotland and Wales can now apply for funding of up to £1 million through the Energy Redress Scheme. The scheme which distribute payments from energy companies who may have breached rules funds projects that support energy consumers in vulnerable situations. The scheme offers charities the opportunity to apply for grants of differing amounts to deliver a range of new and innovati...

Funding of £1,000 Available to Deliver a more Circular Economy within Disadvantaged Communities (Scotland) 18th January 2021

The Scottish Community Alliance has made grants of up to £1,000 available to organisations who are full members of Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS) to deliver a more circular economy within disadvantaged communities in Scotland, and contribute to a green recovery from the impacts of Covid-19. Funding from the Pockets and Prospects £5,000 micro-fund can be used on either capital or revenue expenditure to support projects with a cle...

Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund (Manchester) 15th January 2021

Each year Manchester Airports Group contributes £100,000 to the Community Trust Fund for distribution to local good causes. Grants of a maximum of £3,000 are awarded to a broad range of projects including, for example, play areas, community fun days, community growing projects, riding for the disabled, that are delivered by not-for-profit organisations. Projects supported must be within a 10-mile radius of the Airport and priority is given t...

Funding Available to Enhance Scotland’s National Cycle Network (Scotland) 15th January 2021

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; Power tools; Specialist advice. The Love Your Network grant fund, funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Sustrans Scotland, seeks to empow...

British Ecological Society – Outreach Grants (UK) 12th January 2021

The British Ecological Society has announced that its Outreach Grants programme is now open for applications. Schools, museums, libraries and community groups will be able to apply for grants to promote ecological science to a wide audience. Applications from schools must involve significant outreach beyond schools as projects aimed solely at delivering curriculum to school children will not be considered. The maximum award is £2,000 and the...

Funding for Local Projects Supporting Arts, Community, Sport or the Environment (Wales) 12th January 2021

The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust is a grant giving organisation which aims to improve the quality of life of people who live and work in Wales, by investing in inspirational sporting, arts, environmental and community-based projects. The Trust’s income is generated through a levy on every ticket purchased by people attending public events at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Local registered charities, community groups and other not-...

GEM Road Safety Charity 7th January 2021

Small grants of up to £500 are available to assist and support community projects and initiatives throughout Scotland. Funding is available for a wide range of projects benefiting local communities but must be focused on the areas of children; education; community groups; active lifestyles; environment; the elderly; homelessness; fairtrade; arts & culture; and charity. To be eligible for funding, applicants must be a group or individual actin...

Grants to Protect Biodiversity and Ecosystems (UK / Worldwide) 5th January 2021

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia has funding of up to $12,000 available for projects that address the root causes of environmental problems. Small, grassroots, activist organisations around the world, working on action orientated and multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect biodiversity and the environment, can apply for grants to run projects that protect local habitats. Applicants must be able to produce measurable project results,...

The Cruach Trust (UK) 22nd December 2020

The Cruach Trust, which is a small charity, which provides financial support for gardeners, retired gardeners and for preserving gardens throughout the United Kingdom has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 10th September 2021. The funding is available to registered or recognised charities, societies, trusts or other bodies. There is a preference for small local and national charities. Previous projects supported have in...

Enovert Community Trust (South West England) 22nd December 2020

The Enovert Community Trust has announced that the next closing date for funding applications is the 2nd April 2021. The Trust is committed to supporting community and environmental projects, such as improving community halls, creating new children’s play areas, restoring green spaces and habitats, and enhancing community sports and recreation facilities. Funding is available to non-profit making organisations, constituted organisations or...

Litter Binfrastructure Grant (England) 21st December 2020

Local Authorities in England that have a Litter or Binfrastructure Strategy in place can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 to support its implementation. The funding is available for the purchase and installation of new bins, with the aim of providing infrastructure in identified litter-prone 'hotspot' locations. There is a finite budget of £2million set for this scheme. Grants will be awarded on a 'first come first served' b...

Free Trees for Community Groups and Schools (UK) 17th December 2020

Schools across the UK, nurseries, colleges, universities, and other groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, scouts, guides 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 and urban trees. The Woodland Trust is currently taking applications for trees to be deli...

Funding of up to £5,000 Available for Road Safety Projects (Avon and Somerset) 15th December 2020

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to local community and voluntary groups in Avon and Somerset for projects that improve road safety and prevent road traffic injuries. The funding is being made available through the Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust’s Road Safety Grant. The closing date for applications is the 31st July 2021.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Sustainable Futures Fund (UK) 14th December 2020

Organisations, individuals and charities have until the 5pm on the 22nd March 2021 to apply for funding to support projects that develop and promote sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based model. Grants are available for projects lasting up to three years. Previous projects have included grants ranging from a few hundred pounds to grants in excess of £100,000. The funding is being made available thro...

New Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund Launched (England, Scotland and Wales) 14th December 2020

Energy regulator Ofgem has launched a new Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund. The first round of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund contains £1 million and is open to charities in England, Scotland and Wales to support initiatives that reduce the climate change impact associated with energy use. The fund awards grants between £50,000 and £500,000. Charities that are registered with the Energy Redress Scheme and have passed the due diligence...

Birmingham Airport Community Trust Fund Re-Opens to Applications (Birmingham City & Solihull) 10th December 2020

The Birmingham Airport Community Trust Fund has re-opened to applications from small community-based organisations in areas most affected by the Airport's operations. Grants of up to £3,000 are available for local projects which benefit the community and environment through heritage conservation, environment improvement, sport, recreation and other leisure activities, and which improve health and wellbeing. For this round of funding, the Trus...

Grants for Tree Planting (UK) 9th December 2020

Schools and Community groups within the UK can apply for grants of between £300 and £1,500 to get communities and young people involved in tree and hedge planting and care this winter. The funding is being made available through the Tree Council’s Branching Out Fund. Applications will be considered as they are received and applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within four weeks. There is no deadline for applicati...

Funding for Community Projects to Improve Cycle Routes (Scotland) 23rd November 2020

Equipment and training 'bundles' are available to registered charities, social enterprises and other constituted community groups for small projects which benefit people or wildlife across traffic-free National Cycle Network routes in Scotland. The Love Your Network grant, funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Sustrans Scotland, will provide grants of up to £1,000 to cover a range of costs including litter-picking equipment, hand tool...

Funding for Local Community Projects (Greater London & South Wales) 23rd November 2020

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available for community projects in Greater London and South Wales. The £40,000 UK Community Challenge is open to a wide range of existing local groups and individuals (once they form a team) or community organisations (including schools) to start new projects in their community, from the portfolio of ideas on the ChangeX website that address digital skills, environmental sustainability and community pr...

Funding to Promote Cycling in Colleges and Universities (Scotland) 4th November 2020

Colleges and universities in Scotland can apply for grants of up to £25,000 per campus to install facilities to promote cycling as a healthy and sustainable travel option for staff and students. The funding is being made available through the Cycling Scotland - Cycling Friendly Campus Development Fund. The closing date for applications is the 9th December 2020.

Funding to Help Schools & Colleges Reduce Energy Usage (UK) 26th October 2020

Individual academies, academy sixth forms, free schools and those in Multi-Academy Trustsare able to apply for funding to install energy efficient technologies to lower energy bills and create a more comfortable learning environment. Loans of up to £200,000 will be available from Salix’s Energy Efficiency Fund, in partnership with the Department for Education, to reduce energy usage. Each applicant may submit one application, which can cons...

Funding to Address the Impact of Covid-19 on Biodiversity & the Illegal Wildlife Trade (UK) 22nd October 2020

The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs has launched the Darwin and Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund: Covid-19 Rapid Response Round for projects which directly address the impact of Covid-19 on biodiversity or the illegal wildlife trade (IWT), and supports the early stages of recovery from the pandemic. Current or recent recipients of main project funding for the Darwin Initiative, Darwin Plus and the Illegal Wildlife Trad...

Funding for Local Nature Projects (Wales) 21st October 2020

The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Welsh Government are seeking applications for the £2.3 million Local Places for Nature 2020 grant programme to enable communities in Wales to create, restore and enhance nature in their local area. Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available. Funding must be used to create a natural asset, particularly in areas of deprivation or urban or peri-urban areas, such as flower rich meadows or verg...

Cycling Friendly NHS Worker Fund (Scotland) 14th October 2020

Funding is available to increase the numbers of NHS employees in Scotland cycling to work during the Covid-19 pandemic. Cycling Scotland is inviting NHS Scotland health boards to apply for funding of between £2,500 and £15,000 to enable their employees to purchase a bike or lock for their cycle commute. The Cycling Friendly NHS Worker Fund will provide certificates to the value of £500 to cover the cost of a bicycle and essential accessorie...

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Launches New Strategy (UK) 13th October 2020

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the effects of climate change, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is launching a new strategy, which will focus on three interdependent aims - improving the natural world, tackling injustice to deliver a fairer future, and creative, confident communities. Under the new strategy, the Foundation will be providing larger and longer-term grants of over £30,000, as well as social investments of between £100,0...

Grants to Support Action for Marine Conservation (UK) 5th October 2020

Marine conservation charities and not for profit organisations based and working in the UK can apply for grants of between £500 and £1,200 towards projects and research that address the root causes of marine conservation threats and challenges in the UK and increase the number of people taking action for marine conservation. The funding is being made available through Sea-Changers main grants programme and the next closing date for applicati...

Funding to Enhance and Create Community Woodland Sites (Wales) 24th September 2020

Grants of between £10,000 and £250,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations for projects that will restore, enhance and in some instances acquire land to create new community woodlands in Wales. Funding is available through the Community Woodlands Fund for community-led projects which create new blocks of woodland and improve existing woodland, such as street trees within an urban neighbourhood, or a broad corridor including a new f...

Funding to Projects that Promote Social Justice, Nonviolence and Environmental Sustainability (UK) 17th September 2020

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to UK registered charities for projects that resolve violent conflicts and projects that promote environmental sustainability. Funding is available for projects that aim to change policy and attitudes at a national or European level. Previous projects supported include: Conflicts Forum which received a grant of £24,000 over three years to promote understanding between the Western and Mus...

Funding Available for Green Projects (UK) 1st September 2020

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. A total of £140,000 is available in 2020 with typical funding per project being approximately £1,500...

Funding to Create Green Jobs Following the Coronavirus Pandemic (England) 26th August 2020

Charities and environmental organisations will be able to apply for a share of £40 million to create thousands of new jobs to help the nation’s green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The UK Governments £40 Million Green Challenge Fund will support projects to restore nature and tackle climate change by creating a broad range of short and long-term jobs such as ecologists, surveyors, nature reserve staff and education workers in env...

£200 Million Fund to Transform Water and Wastewater Services (England and Wales) 26th August 2020

Ofwat has established a £200 million Innovation Fund to encourage innovations that will transform water and wastewater services in England and Wales. The fund can be accessed directly by the seventeen larger water and wastewater companies, and small water ‘new entrant’ sewerage companies through two types of competition during 2020-25: a £2 million ‘Innovation in Water Challenge’ for small projects up to £250,000. The first rounds w...

Grants for the Conservation of Wildlife and the Environment (England and Wales) 21st August 2020

Monthly grants are made to support the conservation of wildlife and the environment by the HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust. The Trust makes grants of between £250 and £500 (sometimes up to £5,000) to general, environmental and wildlife charities, so long as they are registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales or they are exempt or excepted charities (within the meaning of the Charities Act 2011). Supported charities will b...

Funding Available for Renewable Energy Projects in Rural Communities (England) 20th August 2020

Schools, Parish Councils and other community based organisations in rural England that want to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to their communities and also make money by selling it back to the grid, can apply for funding through the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) to investigate and install green energy; including solar battery storage, wind, hydro and geothermal heat projects. The RCEF provide...

Severn Trent Water Community Fund Reopens to Applications (East Midland, West Midlands, South West England) 3rd July 2020

Severn Trent Water has reopened its Community Fund. The fund will support new projects by local charities, volunteer and community groups, and local authority or parish councils in the Severn Trent region. Grants of between £2,000 and £250,000 are available to support new projects which make a real difference to the wellbeing of local communities by helping people lead healthier lifestyles and gain new skills, creating better places to live...

Funding for Projects that Encourage Cycling to Work (Scotland) 30th June 2020

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to business and organisations in Scotland that are working towards achieving or maintaining Cycling Friendly Employer status. Cycling Scotland’s Cycling Friendly Employer Development Fund, financed by Transport Scotland, provides grants of up to £25,000 per registered workplace for capital projects that promote cycling to support a happier, healthier workforce, by encouraging staff and visitors to trav...

Funding to Become Britain's First Fully Electric Bus Town - Deadline Extended (England – outside London) 4th May 2020

Local authorities in England can now apply to become the UK’s first all-electric bus town. The winning area will receive up to £50 million to help pay for a brand-new fleet of electric buses, reducing emissions and cleaning up the air in their community. The £50 million fund is part of a total £170 million allocated to improve services and make bus journeys greener, easier and more reliable. The funding is available to English Local Autho...

Small Grants for Organisations with an Annual Income of Under £75,000 (London) 26th March 2020

Small not for profit organisations working to improve communities and the environment in London can apply for grants of £1,000 and £10,000 per year for up to three years. Grants can cover capital or revenue costs. Projects supported will include greening and growing projects which bring communities together and improve the local environment and those that enable disadvantaged people to actively participate in the arts, sports and health and...

Severn Trent Announces Launch of its Community Fund (East and West Midlands) 27th November 2019

From January 2020, local projects, charities and community groups in the Severn Trent region will be able to apply for a share of £10million of funding which is being made available over the next five years. Funding will be available for projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills; help create better places to live in and use; look after the natural environment; give people greater access to that environment or hel...

Grant Available to Encourage People to Walk and Cycle (Scotland) 7th August 2019

Grants of between £5000 and £50,000 are available for new, innovative projects that encourage people to walk or cycle as part of their everyday short journeys and use other sustainable travel choices for longer journeys. Public, third and community sector organisations are eligible to apply to the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) Open Fund offered by Paths for All. Partnership applications are particularly welcomed. Applications can be...

Grants to Encourage Sustainable Travel (Scotland) 24th July 2019

Grants of between £5000 and £50,000 are available to encourage people in Scotland to use sustainable travel choices, including buses, trams, trains and car share clubs for longer journeys. The Fund is available to support public, third and community sector organisations that want to changes people's everyday travel behaviour and aims to help cut Scotland's carbon emissions and improve our air quality. It also aims to reverse the trend toward...

Grants to Support a More Sustainable, Equal and Low-Carbon Society (Highlands and Islands of Scotland) 5th July 2019

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support projects that can help communities in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland build a more sustainable and equal society. Applications are welcomed from charities, community groups, businesses or individuals for projects that advance environmental protection or improvement, support organisations and individuals developing sustainable lifestyles and take into account future resource availability, f...

Grants for Local Environmental Projects Are Now Available (Scotland) 2nd July 2019

Group of volunteers can now apply for grants of between £50 and £250 to cover plants, tools, materials and volunteer’s expenses for environmental projects. Activities such as creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds or woodlands in Scotland’s green spaces are eligible for funding. Local Nature Reserve (LNR) grants of up to £500 are also available for volunteer activities taking place on LNRs such as wildlife re...