Funding Round Up

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust Funding Available to Support UK Rural Communities

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust provides grants for projects that strengthen rural areas of the UK, particularly those that educate young people and relieve poverty. The Trust will focus on providing funding to larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on the rural community.

Although there are no set funding levels, grants tend to range from £1,000 to £30,000.

Charitable organisations based and working within the UK seeking funding for charitable initiatives in the areas of education, research, social welfare and poverty relief can apply. It is not necessary to be a registered charity to apply.

Applications must be made in writing. The Trust meets twice a year.

The 2017 deadlines for applications are 25 May 2018 and 26 October 2018. Click here for more information.

Countryside Stewardship: Woodland Creation Grant Open for 2018

The Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant is a standalone capital grant offering funding to farmers and other land managers in England to plant and protect young trees. The grant provides a one-off payment towards the cost of supplying and planting trees and associated items needed to create new woodland. This is undertaken through a two-year works programme.

The maximum available grant per hectare for a given woodland creation application is £6,800 for capital items covering both planting and protection. This cap will be calculated as an average across the area of the application. Subject to eligibility, a supporting maintenance grant of £200 per hectare for 10 years may also be available.

Applicants can select from a range of capital items as part of their woodland creation grant. These apply to one-off payments towards the cost of certain items or activities, eg planting trees or erecting new fencing and each offer different payment rates.

Land managers, owners, leaseholders and tenants in England can apply for these grants, as long as the land parcels in their application are under their full control for the length of the agreement period.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:

“Planting trees is one of the best ways we can invest in our environment for future generations. They provide a haven for wildlife, reduce flood risk and improve water quality – making them some of our most cherished assets.

“I have seen first-hand how planting trees can really make a difference at places such as the Lowther Estate in Cumbria, so I would urge landowners to apply to this scheme.”

The scheme is open for applications until 16 February 2018. Click here for more information.

Urgent Deadline for Reaching Communities Fund in England

Big Lottery England has announced that its Reaching Communities Fund will pause after 15 January 2018 as it develops the application process, trains new staff, and embeds new ways of working into the Fund.

Big Lottery hopes that the changes made to the Fund will make it easier for groups and communities to apply for funding, and will increase its ability to make the best funding decisions.

Currently, voluntary or community groups can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 to cover the costs of projects which improve communities by using local knowledge, strengths and assets to test and implement the ideas which matter most to communities, as well as sharing learning about what went well, and what didn’t.

All applications received before 15 January 2018 will be processed in the usual manner.

The Reaching Communities Fund will pause 15 January 2018 and re-open 2 April 2018 with new conditions. Click here for more information.

Severn Trent Water Reopens Environmental Grants Scheme for Farmers

The Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS) supports farmers in the Midlands to make improvements to their farm management and infrastructure, reducing the risk of pollution from their land into local water courses.

Through the scheme, Severn Trent Water is keen to work with farmers and land managers to reduce risks to drinking water. By working in partnership with farmers the provider aims to:

  • improve drinking water quality;
  • reduce the need for additional water treatment; and
  • provide wider environmental benefits in local catchments.

The scheme offers grants of up to £5,000 per year, per farm for infrastructure improvement and land management changes in Severn Trent Water target areas. The fixed grant amount represents an estimated 50% of the total cost of the capital and land management items that will be funded.

Grants are available to farmers and landowners/managers who farm within a Severn Trent Water drinking water abstraction catchment and/or farm within one of Severn Trent’s ‘priority source protection zones’ (SPZs).

The window for grant applications for 2018-19 is now open and closes on 16 March 2018. Click here for more information.

Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust was set up in 1982, by Mrs Jean Beryl Lilian Sainsbury, and is a registered charity (No. 326358). Since then, the Trust has given over £8.6 million to animal welfare charities. Deadline 15 January. Click here for more information.

The Elephant Trust

The Trust was set up to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. It is committed to helping artists and institutions that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities. Deadline 22 January. Click here for more information.

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