Nature Restoration Fund

Please note the closing dates for applications are Thursday 25 April and Monday 12 August 2024

NatureScot are accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Helping Nature and Transforming Nature streams. Helping Nature funding is available for grants of £25,000 to £250,000 for activities lasting up to 24 months from the start date of the project, however, all activity must be completed by the end of March 2026. Your EOI will be responded to within 20 days, if successful you will be invited to submit an application.

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Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

Please note the closing dates for applications are Wednesday 1 May and Sunday 1 September 2024

Funding is available for UK Charities working to offer sanctuary, rehoming and rehabilitation of animals in the UK and/or internationally or those involved with the conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) release of animals. The funding supports general running costs or capital purchases, the maximum award previously was £35,000.

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Biffa Awards Partnership Grants

Please note the closing date for applications is Friday 31 May 2024

Grants between £250K to £1million are available for projects that restore or improve the built or natural environment. The grants aim to promote learning, curiosity, and public engagement through facilities such as cultural, heritage or visitor centres, or restoring and improving the environment and its habitats. Projects that are the majority funded by Biffa Award, work in partnership with other organisations, and engage with the public will receive preference. The applicant organisation and project must be eligible for ENTRUST registration, and the project site must be within 15 miles of a Biffa operation or landfill site.

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Let’s Do Net Zero Community Buildings Fund

Please note this is planned to run until the end of March 2025 subject to funding availability

This fund aims to help community organisations reduce their building energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions by installing renewable technologies such as heat pumps. Funding is available for many types of self-managed community buildings, including - village halls; community centres; community hubs; sports facilities and faith buildings. Grant funding is available for up to 80% of eligible costs up to a maximum of £80,000.

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John Ellerman Foundation

Grants of between £10-50K are available under their 3 priority areas – Arts (creators and curators), Environment (People and Planet) and Social Action (Campaigning Change). They prioritise UK charities with a turnover of between £100K and £10mn, and their preference is to fund core costs though project costs will be considered.

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EB Scotland - Scottish Landfill Communities Fund

EB Scotland will consider applications across all types of projects included in the SLCF Objects including land reclamation, community recycling, public amenities and parks, biodiversity and historic buildings. The fund gives between £1 million and £1.5 million annually. They don't operate any minimum or maximum application amounts. They do not operate strict timescales and assess based on demand. Once they decide on a meeting they will set a deadline for receipt of applications.

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Energy Redress Scheme

Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies, Co-operative Societies and Community Benefit Societies can apply for funds to deliver energy-related projects that meet the scheme priorities and benefit people. The core priority aims to help people who are most at risk from cold homes and high energy bills.

  • Innovation Projects - 15% of Energy Redress funds can support the development of innovative products and services related to energy that have a realistic prospect of delivering benefits to existing and/or future energy consumers and that help to reduce the environmental impact of energy use
  • Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund (CERF) - Up to 15% of Energy Redress funds can also be used to support energy-related activities aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from energy use. These projects must focus on energy generation, distribution or energy use


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The Mushroom Trust

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for community groups / voluntary organisations to support the creation, maintenance and improvement of urban green spaces. Groups should demonstrate public involvement and community-based fundraising.

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Green Heat Innovation Support Programme

Funding is available to encourage the growth of the green heat market in Scotland, supporting innovation and capital investment. Three different levels of support are available, depending on the type of project - Large R&D and Capital Grant Funding; Feasibility Studies; and CAN DO Innovation Challenges.

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Facility for Investment Ready Nature in Scotland (FIRNS)

This grant scheme supports projects that shape and grow the use of private investment and market-based mechanisms to finance the restoration of Scotland’s nature. Grants of up to £240,000 will be offered to organisations and partnerships to help develop a viable business case and financial model, to attract investment in projects that can restore and improve the natural environment.

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Community Heat Development Programme

The programme will work with eligible community organisations and groups of householders to help develop their ideas for locally-generated, low and zero-carbon heat project ideas. Successful applicants will receive technical support to appraise the feasibility of their project. The programme won’t pay to install renewable technologies or energy efficiency measures in your homes. Instead, our expert advisors will work with successful applicants to consider the feasibility of your community heat project idea and will give you advice on the next steps, including any potential routes for further funding. Subject to funding, the programme will run for at least two years and will work with communities across Scotland

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Friends Provident Foundation

The small grants programme is a rolling programme, aiming to support under-resourced or newer entrants to economic systems change work to develop their ideas for a 4D economy with grants of up to £10,000.

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