Funding Resources & Opportunities
This page is intended to act as a central resource for the Shropshire Biodiversity Partnership where information on funding for BAP linked projects can be found.
If there is any information you would like to see here then please contact the Biodiversity Officer at Natural.email@example.com
|Prince's Countryside Fund|
The Prince's Countryside Fund supports projects that fits one or more of the Fund's three goals:
- To improve the sustainability of British farming and rural communities, targeting the areas of greatest need;
- To reconnect consumers with countryside issues; and
- To support farming and rural crisis charities through a dedicated emergency funding stream.
The Fund has committed to support three initial projects and reserve a proportion of funding for emergencies. The Fund will be making further grants later in the year.
For further information please visit:
|New horizons for West Midlands' woodland cover|
The Forestry Commission is offering a share of £3 million to farmers, land owners and managers who sign up to create much-needed woodland in the West Midlands.
For farmers, up to £8,300 per hectare is available from the Forestry Commission for tree planting in targeted areas that help meet three woodland creation priorities. Up to 80 percent of the West Midlands could be eligible for a grant.
The priorities are -
- restoring our ancient woodland landscapes using native species in new planting,
- creating accessible woodland in and around our towns and cities, close to where people live, and
- creating timber producing woodlands and forests in locations where they will combat the increasing effects of climate change, for example, protecting against flooding or providing fuel for energy.
For more information please visit the relevant Forestry Commision web page.
|People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund|
The People's Postcode Trust (www.postcodetrust.org.uk) has announced a new round of funding and, following a substantial change to its guidelines and criteria, has additionally extended its eligibility criteria. Allocating funding to applicants from Scotland and England, the Trust is continuing to provide support to these areas, but has also extended its reach to further support interested parties in Wales.
The Trust aims to make Great Britain a better place for both people and nature and by supporting projects which operate within the following six fields of operation:
- Poverty Prevention - to prevent poverty, sickness and distress for the benefit of the general public.
- Advancement of Health - to promote, maintain, improve and advance health.
- Community Development - to advance citizenship or community development.
- Public Sports - to advance public participation in sport.
- Human Rights - to promote, improve and advance human rights, conflict resolution or reconciliation.
- Environmental Protection - to promote and advance environmental protection or improvement.
Grants of between £500 and £10,000 (£500 and £5,000 if in Wales) are, therefore, available to small organisations, community groups and charities. The following apply:
Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with OSCR / Charity Commission can apply for up to £2,000 in funding.
Applicants that are registered with OSCR / Charity Commission and can provide a valid charity number can apply for up to £10,000 in funding (£5,000 if in Wales).
All projects must help in one or more of the above six fields of operation but could include, for example, the purchase of sports kit or uniform, new equipment or the creation of community gardens. The project has to have a clear charitable purpose, must take place between January and June 2011 and must last for no longer than three months.
Applications for projects under £2,000 can now be made at any time. Applications for those over this amount should be received by 10 November 2010 (5pm).
|Lush charity pot|
Grants of a few hundred pounds to a maximum of £10,000 (although the average grant awarded is £3,000) are available for small grassroots charities, community groups and non-violent direct action groups working in the areas of environment / conservation; animal protection; and human rights. The funding is being made available through the Handemade Cosmetics Company’s Lush Charity Pot. In the past, nearly all its grants have gone to small organisations with a turnover of less than £250,000 per year. The company are particularly keen to support projects that create change and aim to get to the route of the problem. They also prefer to fund project costs rather than core costs but occasionally fund salaries.
Applications can be submitted at any time. For more information see the funding guidelines.
|Community Wildlife fund announced|
Communities across the West Midlands are being encouraged to discover wildlife on their doorstep as the Big Lottery Fund prepares to plough £2 million of good cause cash into improving the environment through protecting and creating wildlife habitats for everyone to enjoy.
The 'Community Wildlife' programme will fund projects that bring local people together to discover, enjoy or protect the wildlife in their local area.
BIG have teamed up with the BBC Wildlife Fund’s Go Wild campaign to bring you the Community Wildlife programme.
This new programme will fund projects that bring local people together to discover, enjoy or protect the wildlife in their local area.
The programme will fund projects costing between £300 and £10,000.
For further information please visit: www2.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_community_wildlife?
Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) 2009 - 2011
Please note: The ALSF grant scheme is currently closed. It is not expected to reopen in financial year 2010/11 however, should funds unexpectedly be made available notice will made via the following website:
This funding is for projects which reduce the effects of past, present and future aggregates extraction. The fund supports projects which have clear benefits under one or more of the following:
- Landscape & Nature Conservation
- Access & Informal Recreation
- Health & Wellbeing
- Education & Understanding
- Evidence Gathering
There must be a clear link established between the project benefits and the aggregates industry / site.
Site based projects must be within 8km of the aggregates site cited in the application.
Biffaward has four levels of funding available:
- Main Grants Community £5,000 - £50,000
- Main Grants Biodiversity £5,000 - £50,000
- Small Grants £250 - £5,000
- Flagship £150,000 - £500,000
The Small Grants Fund is closed to applications until January 2009
The Flagship Fund will open for applications in March 2009
Criteria for the Main Fund Biodiversity:
Project site to be within 25 miles of a biffa operation
Project site also within 10 miles of a landfill site (any ownership)
Project must have specific actions relating to Biodiversity Action Plan targets
Organisation must have support of key agencies who will be involved in the project
There is a management plan in place for the habitat / species
You will need third party funding for 10% of the grant you are applying for
Biffaward - Main Fund Biodiversity Further Information & Expression of Interest
Veolia Environmental Trust
Veolia Environmental Trust award average grants between £25,000 and £40,000 to community and environmental projeccts across the UK.
Projects must be located within 5 miles of a Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc operated facility. There are such facilities spread across Shropshire including at Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Ludlow, Bridgnorth and Whitchurch and there is a postcode checking facility on the Veolia website (see link below).
There are 5 categories, projects must meet one. Category DA is projects which help deliver biodiversity conservation for UK species and habitats.
The Midlands project board meets 4 times a year.
Veolia Environmental Trust - Location Checker
Veolia Environmental Trust - Further Information
Veolia Environmental Trust - Initial Enquiry On-line Form
Funding for Hedgerow Surveys
Defra and Natural England are providing funding for Local Hedgerow Surveys in 2009 / 2010 with a maximum of £5,000 for a single survey.
Surveys must contribute to the targets of the national Hedgerow HAP and should also meet one of the following criteria;
1. Identify areas of particular importance for hedgerow conservation or with distinctive types of hedgerow.
2. Support the delivery of local hedgerow biodiversity action plans.
3. Increase awareness and understanding of the public and farmers of the importance of hedges for wildlife, and as landscape and historical features.
WREN - Waste Recycling Environmental
New £10 Million Fund for Biodiversity
The WREN Biodiversity Action Fund
WREN is funding bids between £75,000 and £250,000 for projects lasting up to five years. The project must deliver specific improvements to a site to aid conservation of a priority habitat and to contribute to Local or National BAP targets.
To qualify the project must be located within 10 miles of any licensed and registered landfill site. WREN will consider 100% funding of elegable costs.
WREN is also running a Main Grants Scheme which funds community projects and a Small Grants Scheme with a focus on community projects including Nature Reserves.
Further information on the WREN Biodiversity Action Fund
Application form for the WREN Biodiversity Action Fund
The Clive Tate Memorial Fund
The Shropshire Wildlife Trust have launched a fund aimed at helping achieve Biodiversity Action Plan targets and actions. The Clive Tate Memorial Fund supports applications of up to £500 where a link to the Shropshire Biodiversity Action Plan can be demonstrated. For an application form please use the link below or visit the Documents section of this web site. Further information can be obtained from:
Colin Preston, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, 193 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6AH, Telephone 01743 284280
Download: Application Form
Download: Form for progress report
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation aims to support work which improves quality of life throughout the UK.
The Foundation primarily supports work which improves cultural life, education, the natural environment and enabling people who are disadvantaged to participate more fully in society.
The average Esmee Fairbairn grant is £50,000 but they will consider applications for larger or smaller amounts.
The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation website
The Esmee Fairmairn Foundation - Guidance for applicants
Awards for All
Awards for All is a National Lottery grants scheme for local communities.
Awards for All is supported by Arts Council England, the Big Lottery Fund, the Herritage Lottery Fund and Sport England.
Grants are usually of between £300 and £10,000 and for art, sport, heritage and community activities, education, the environment and health in the local community.
Applications can be made at any time.
Awards for All website
Awards for All application form
Awards for All guidance document
BBC Breathing Places
BBC Breathing Places is a scheme to get people involved in nature related activites. Your site can become a Breathing Place by visiting the BBC Breathing Places website at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/breathingplaces/
Breathing Places is a great way to raise the profile of a site with members of the general public and may also be a way a drawing down funding. For more information access the BBC Website.
The grant tracker website has some useful guidance on filling in application forms including 'Ten ways to succeed and ten ways to fail' at:
The Charities Commission website can be a useful tool if you are thinking of applying to a smaller or less well known fund. You can find more information on a Charitable Trust including viewing their income and outgoings for the previous year at: