Funding for Biodiversity
Sources of funding
There are a number of grants and awards which may be applicable for funding local biodiversity projects.
More information about funding, including events and training courses on how to apply for funding can be found at www.fundingindex.co.uk
Derbyshire County Council now has a link to a grant search tool (GRANTnet) on its website. This will help community groups identify suitable grant sources. To use it visit the link at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/community/lottery_funding/grant_net/
Your local Council for Volultary services (CVS) or volunteer bureau may be able to support community groups apply for funding. They may be willing to look at your application, offer a letter of support to a funding body, or help you become formally constituted. To find you local CVS visit Derbyshire County Council's website.
Local Authority Grant Schemes
Sadly, a number of local authority small grant schemes have ceased to run due to the current economic climate. The following were still operating as at 2012:
» Derbyshire County Council: Greenwatch Action Grants
» High Peak Borough Council: Councillors' Initiative Fund
» South Derbyshire District Council: Community Partnership Scheme
Other types of funding schemes
» East Midlands Airport Community Fund (for projects within a specified area around the airport)
An environmental grant making charity which offers advice and information as well as grants.
» Grassroots - a funding stream from the Derbyshire Community Foundation
» Waterways Trust's UK Waterways Grants Programme -for projects associated with canals and waterways
Charitable Trusts and Foundations
There are many with a large amount of money to distribute. They all have their own criteria which can change every two or three years. The application process often involves writing a letter to make your case. Organisations and not-for-profit organisations can apply. These Trusts are a good starting point:
» Kenneth Hargreaves Trust - small one-off grants, especially to groups using volunteers; some preference for Yorkshire charities. Write with a budget and an annual report to: Mrs Sheila Holbrook, Hon Treasurer, Bridge End Cottage, Linton, Wetherby LS22 4JB. Trustees meet quarterly.
Landfill Tax Credit Scheme
This is the process that channels tax from land filling rubbish into community projects. Each landfill operator has set up its own environmental organisation and grant scheme which means there is not a central information source. Each scheme has it own eligibility criteria but there is some common ground. All project applications have to be within 16 km of an active landfill site. Projects can be for public amenities, biodiversity work, heritage etc.
Listed below are some individual schemes - check the details carefully to ensure they include relvant criteria.
The Lottery is still a good source of funds especially now that the Big Lottery Fund is opening various programmes.
» Awards for All Lottery Fund
For small grants up to £10,000. Simple application. A quick turn around of 12 weeks is promised.
» Heritage Lottery Fund
Several programmes and not just bricks and mortar or museum pieces but landscape and natural environments as well. They support what is called 'intrinsic heritage' - that is things important to local communities. So it is open for the community to make its case. A key to success is the HLF desire to broaden the appeal of heritage and make it available to a wider audience.
The scheme which is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund provides grants of between £250,000 and £2 million to local partnerships representing a range of heritage and community interests to tackle the needs of landscapes, whose various elements may be in different ownership. Funding is available for applications based round a portfolio of projects, which combine to provide a varied package of benefits to an area, its communities which live, work and visit there.
See also the HLF Land and Biodiversity page.