Funding Opportunities

Litter Innovation Fund – Funded by DCLG and DEFRA

The fund provides Grants  of up to £10,000 and is administered by the Waste and Resources Action Programme. It is intended to be used to help investigate and implement innovative ways of reducing litter arisings (nb: Standard litter picking activities are not in scope under this fund). A total of £45,000 of grant funding has been set aside for projects aimed specifically at reducing litter entering the marine environment.  The fund is open to various types of organisation including local authorities and charities.  Expressions of interest must be submitted by 26th September 2017 for more information please click here.

Mayor of London Greener City Fund

Applications can now be submitted from community groups and others, for the following grants under the Greener City Fund:

Community Tree Planting Grants – round one (closing date for applications is 29th September 2017)

Community Green Spaces Grants – round one (closing date for applications is 20th October 2017)

Grant range – small grants are from £5k to £20k/medium grants are from £20k to £50k.

To download the Greener City Fund prospectus and to apply please click here.  Any questions can be directed to the following e-mail address:

AVIVA Community Fund

The Fund opens again for applications from Community Groups from 12th September 2017.  Groups can apply for funding for projects that make a positive impact on their communities, there are four categories under which to apply including community support; awards range from £1,000 to £25,000.  The closing date for applications is 10th October 2017 (12 noon).  For further information and to apply please click here.

SUEZ Communities Trust – Landfill Communities Fund

SUEZ Communities Trust provides funds to not-for-profit organisations (including LA’s) to undertake work that is eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). Applications are considered for three areas of work which qualify for funding through the LCF: Public Amenities (Object D), Historic Buildings, Structures or Sites (Object E) and Biodiversity (Object DA). The trust supports projects that make physical improvements at sites located in any of 80 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by our donor, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK.

The closing date for the next round of application is 2nd October 2017.  For further details and to apply please click here.

Tesco Bags of Help

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of promoting community participation in the development and use of outdoor spaces. Community groups that are constituted can apply for grants of up to £5k.  Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork and supported in Scotland by greenspace scotland.

If you would like more information and or to apply please click here.  This is a rolling fund so there is no closing date.

Veolia Environmental Trust

The Veolia Environmental Trust is inviting not-for-profit organisations to apply for funding to support environmental or community-based projects that are located within five miles of a Veolia Environmental Services facility.

The Trust will consider applications from constituted not-for-profit organisations with a bank account, that have a project that addresses at least one of the following categories:

  • Community buildings and rooms, including community centres, village halls, community spaces within religious buildings, and Scout or Girlguiding buildings.
  • Outdoor Spaces, including public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways and cycle-paths.
  • Play and recreation, including play areas, skateparks, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), sports grounds, pavilions and changing rooms.
  • Supporting Biodiversity, including the species related element of a BAP (national or local), the habitat related element of a BAP or HAP (national or local), and reintroduction programmes to a specific habitat.

The funding is to be used for capital improvement projects taking place at a single site.Grants of up to £75,000 are available to cover 80% of a project’s total cost. Match funding of at least 20% is required. Groups requesting grants of £40,000 or more are required to provide a Third Party Contribution. There are currently no deadlines you can begin the application process at any time. Please click here for further information and to apply.