The Trust provides grants to charities and good causes across Great Britain which help communities enhance their natural environment in a way that benefits the wider community.
Grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses that are seeking to effect positive change within their local area in England, Scotland or Wales can apply for funding for environmental, sustainability, wildlife and ecology projects.
Grants range from £500 to £20,000 for those in Scotland and England and up to £10,000 for those in Wales. Only registered charities can apply for grants of more than £2,000.
The funding is intended to be used for activities, such as:
- Enhancing outdoor spaces such as:
- Community gardens.
- Community orchards.
- Play areas, especially those made with sustainable wood sources or recycled materials.
- Local, biodiversity improvements or habitat restoration such as:
- Wildflower meadow creation.
- Flood prevention schemes.
- Hedgerow boundary improvements.
- Wetland area enhancements.
- Tree planting/woodland creation.
- Outdoor education projects delivered with local communities by environmental charities.
- Green Energy projects which create more sustainable solutions to lowering, eg, energy costs in a community centre.
- Solar panel, wind turbine or micro-hydro schemes.
- Cultural heritage of an area (stories, exhibitions).
- Volunteering initiatives that help local projects, local areas and local people through, for example, uniform youth organisations.
Priority will be given to projects that are:
- Creative, far-reaching and will leave a long-term impact once completed.
- Focused on improving the environment for the benefit of local communities and encourage conservation action at a local level.
There is a two-step application process.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 August 2017.
For more information, please check out their website here.