Community support organisations, funding & advice

This page contains links to general advice and funding pots.

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Naturesave Trust
The Naturesave Trust was set up in 1995 to fund specific environmental and conservation projects throughout the UK. Projects are chosen by the Trust on an individual basis according to how well they fit with the Trust's criteria and objectives. There are no deadlines for applications, and no limits on the number of applications you can make

Vegware Community Fund
Organizations that promote sustainability in the widest sense can apply for individual grants of £20-200 per month. The fund is intended to contribute to core running costs and act as a basis from which to either focus on their chosen task, or apply for project grants. Suitable for anyone involved in enhancing any aspect of your local environment, whether built or natural, or involved in community projects.

The Garfield Weston Foundation
A general fund Recent funding which has supported projects in the following categories: Arts, Community, Education, Welfare, Medical, Religion, Youth and Environment. There are no formal deadlines for submitting applications and organisations should allow approximately four months for a final outcome. There is no limit on the size of grant. Every application is considered on its own merits as the organisations the Foundation supports vary significantly in size and scope

The Chrysalis Trust
This trust makes one-off grants, size unspecified, to charitable organisations. Less popular and harder to fund projects are prioritised with a spread of funding between local (north east England), national and international projects. Applications are considered by the Trustees twice a year - usually in June and December, however, applications for amounts less than £1,001 may be considered sooner.

The Big Tree Plant Funding Scheme
The main aim of The Big Tree Plant funding scheme is to encourage and support community groups to plant trees in neighbourhoods where people live and work. The scheme can fund work such as community involvement, site surveys and expert advice as well as trees, planting materials, labour, and tree care and maintenance.

Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation
Registered charities, not-for-profit organisations, community and other voluntary organisations can apply for support for projects that: advance environmental protection or improvement; advance citizenship through initiatives that support and promote volunteering; advance financial education including initiatives that promote accessibility to both financial education and financial services; advance community development through initiatives that build and strengthen the communities in which the banks operate. Supported activities should take place in areas where the bank operates.

Grants for Young Horticulturists
The Merlin Trust offers financial support to people aged 18-35 to develop a career in horticulture. Support can be used for study visits in the UK or overseas.

Green Fund
The Green Fund awards grants to support the cost of developing renewable energy projects

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Grant programme supports projects in the UK which address issues in Rural Communities and/or areas of Urban Deprivation. Within these two main headings, they are interested in helping established projects which work in the fields of Community Support; Arts, Education & Heritage; Disability & Health Care.