Funding Opportunities

Patagonia’s Environmental Grants Programme – First 2020 Deadline

The outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia is offering grants of up to US $12,000 (around £9,100) for non-profit organisations with a non-governmental status in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. The organisation should be undertaking innovative work that:

  • Focuses on root causes of the environmental crisis.
  • Seeks to protect both the environment and affected communities.
  • Is action-oriented
  • Has a clear strategy
  • Identifies specific goals and objectives that can be effectively measured to evaluate success.
  • Builds public involvement and civic engagement.
  • Works to build an inclusive and diverse environmental movement.

Additionally, Patagonia especially encourages:

  • Work that brings underrepresented communities to the forefront of the environmental movement and defends communities whose health and livelihoods are threatened by environmental exploitation.
  • Multipronged campaigns that push for greater environmental protections and force the government to abide by its own laws.

There are two funding rounds each year.

The first 2020 deadline for applications is 31 January 2020.

Click here to find out more.

Arts Council England to Launch Round 2 of Creative People and Places Fund

The new funding round will support programmes of cultural activity and engagement in 66 locations across England where people’s involvement in arts and culture is in the bottom third of engagement according to the Active Lives Survey.

The funding is for programmes that support the public in shaping local arts and cultural provision and, in so doing, increase attendance and participation in excellent art and culture. Activities must be delivered over four years and take place between 1 November 2020 and 31 October 2024.

A total of £11.6 million will be awarded in grants during this second funding round and organisations can apply for grants of:

  • Between £1 million and £2 million over four years for new programmes which are not part of a Creative People and Places expansion programme.
  • Between £750,000 and £1.75 million over four years for places which would be covered by a current Creative People and Places expansion.

It is expected that at least 25% of total project costs should come from other sources.

Consortia that can consist of arts organisations, museums, libraries, amateur groups, and voluntary and community sector groups can apply.

Applications will be accepted from 16 January until 26 March 2020.

Click here to find out more and how to apply.

Applications Invited for World Habitat Awards

The World Habitat Awards were established in 1985 as part of the Building and Social Housing Foundation’s (now known as ‘World Habitat’) contribution to the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless.

Every year a prize of £10,000 and an award are given to two Gold Award winners – projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems. Silver and Bronze Award-winning projects will receive a certificate and the opportunity to partner with World Habitat in the promotion of their initiatives. The awards are presented at an annual UN-Habitat global event.

Housing projects and approaches are sought that:

  • Demonstrate practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing issues faced by countries all around the world.
  • Have taken action to address the climate emergency.
  • Can be transferred or adapted for use as appropriate.
  • Are already being implemented or are completed, ie not at design stage or very early stages of development.
  • View the term habitat from a broad perspective and bring other benefits as well, such as energy or water saving, income generation, social inclusion, community and individual empowerment, health benefits, capacity building or education.

Projects should focus on affordable and adequate housing, be in progress or have been completed in the last ten years, and have been designed and/or delivered in close collaboration with the residents/local community.

Any individual, organisation or government who has an innovative and practical solution to housing needs and problems from any country of the world can apply. More than one entry can be made by the same individual or organisation. Previous entrants can re-submit providing that the project has been further developed in the intervening time period.

All entries are assessed and around 10 projects are shortlisted by an assessment committee. Shortlisted projects are then evaluated by an independent advisory group.

The deadline for submissions is 23 March 2020.

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Funding for Cycling Equipment and Facilities in England

The £15 million three-year Places to Ride programme is designed to support a lasting legacy from the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire and to ensure that the championships have a far-reaching and lasting impact on cycling participation across the country.

The key objectives of the programme are to:

  • Inspire people to ride.
  • Connect the community
  • Build a lasting legacy.

The funding will support small-medium scale facility improvements or equipment through to large-scale new build facilities across all types of cycling.

There are two levels of funding:

  • Small grants of between £1,000 and £50,000. It is expected that the average grant will be much less than £50,000.
  • Larger grants of up to £500,000.

The funder is looking for organisations that ‘really understand’ cycling in their local community. Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations located in England.

Applications can be submitted at any time until 15 January 2021.

Click here to apply.

Tesco Bags of Help Grants Programme Accepting UK Applications

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community awards programme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is used to fund community projects across the UK.

A public vote determines which groups will receive a grant. In 2020, projects that receive the most vote will receive a grant of £2,000; second place will receive a grant of up to £1,000 and third place a grant of up to £500.

The funding can support a wide range of projects including but not limited to:

  • Purchasing items which will benefit local community groups such as sports kit, specialised medical equipment, art and crafts materials, spades, litter pickers, camping equipment.
  • Improvements to a building that benefits the local community such as a Scout or Guide hut, church or village hall, changing facilities for sports.
  • Developing an outdoor space play area, allotment, park, school grounds, woodland or wildlife area.
  • Running a community event or activity such as fun runs, village fete, clean-up day, tree planting, bird watch.
  • Supporting seasonal activities such as purchasing new Christmas lights, supporting a Christmas meal for the homeless or a Diwali celebration event for the community etc.

Projects can be a stand-along project or a discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project.

As this is a rolling programme, voting for projects will be happening continuously in Tesco stores. In 2020, three projects from each local area will be shortlisted to go to the public vote every three months.

There are no deadlines. Applications can be made at any time.

Click here to apply.

Funding to Support the Increase of Canoeing in 2020

The grant funding is for projects that will improve accessibility to waterways and facilities thereby enabling greater use of them. There is particular interest in enabling enhanced participation in paddle sports for all people.

In each of its quarterly funding round, the Canoe Foundation focuses on supporting projects in a certain priority area.

The current focus is on:

  • Increasing and protecting public access points, steps or platforms.
  • Improving the suitability of launching and landing sites, to and alongside water, for all sectors of the community.

Although clubs and community groups can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £10,000, most grants awarded are in the 2,500 to £5,000 range.

The first application deadline in 2020 is 28 February.

Click here to find out more and apply.

Funding to Create and Restore Woodlands on HS2 Route – First 2020 Deadline Imminent

Forming part of the construction of Britain’s new high speed railway, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd is creating a network of new wildlife habitats along the route. This includes around 7 million new trees and shrubs on the first phase of the railway. In addition to this tree planting programme, a separate fund has been established to help local landowners create new native, broadleaf woodlands and restore existing ancient woodland sites.

The HS2 Woodland Fund is a grant scheme aimed at helping landowners to restore Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS). Funding is being invested in woodlands through the spine of England, from London to the West Midlands.

First launched in January 2018, the fund has since re-opened with a further £4 million to be allocated over four years. Funding of up to £8,500 per (gross) hectare is available for creating new woodlands, and up to £4,000 per (net) hectare of restocking is available for PAWS restoration. The Fund provides capital finance to restore PAWS sites, at 100% of the standard costs for eligible activities.

The Fund is available to all eligible woodland owners and land managers within a 25 mile buffer around the Phase One Act Limits of HS2, which passes through parts of Greater London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, as well as the wider West Midlands. Applications that fall marginally outside of this zone but are of outstanding quality may be considered at the discretion of the Forestry Commission.

The next application assessment deadline is Friday 24 January 2020.

The 2020-21 application assessment deadlines will be published early in the new year.

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Erasmus+ Sport 2020 Call Open to Applications

The 2020 Erasmus+ Sport Call for Proposals is open to applications.

Funded activities in the field of sport help to develop the European dimension in sport by generating, sharing and spreading experiences and knowledge about different issues affecting sport at the European level. Ultimately, sport projects supported through Erasmus+ should lead to increased levels of participation in sport, physical activity and voluntary activity.

The 2020 Call offers grant funding of up to 80% co-financing under the following actions:

  • Collaborative Partnerships (total budget of €10 million).
  • Small Collaborative Partnerships (total budget of €42,587,779).
  • Not-for-profit European Sport Events (total budget of €5 million).

Actual grant amounts vary between actions.

A participating organisation can be any organisation or public body, established in an Erasmus+ Programme Country, active in the field of sport. Any participating organisation established in a Programme Country can apply.

The deadline for applications is 2 April 2020.

Click here to find out more.

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