Funding Opportunities



HLF and National Trust Join Forces for the Future Parks Accelerator Initiative

The initiative aims to find and back ambitious and sustainable solutions to protect and enhance public parks and green spaces. It will enable up to eight local authorities and communities to develop and implement bold and innovative funding and management solutions for all their green space,  against a challenging backdrop of financial uncertainty.  It will involve discovering how parks and green spaces could be better used, managed and funded to serve community needs. The initiative is now open for expressions of interest, the deadline for submissions is 19th November 2018. Please click here for more Information.


AVIVA Community Fund

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.  For more information and to apply 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.