From the seed of an idea, nature can grow.
To help you grow nature, there are lots of funds to explore that can help catalyse your community or business projects.
This might include projects like:
- Conversion or restoration of community greenspace to wildlife habitat: community orchards, ponds, wildflower meadows/verges, native hedges, street trees or woodlands
- Environmental improvements to a community centre or village hall grounds: installation of bee bricks, bug hotels, swift boxes, nest boxes, tree planting
- Coastal and marine projects: no anchor zones, initiatives to reduce single use plastics
- Local wildlife training and monitoring schemes
- Schemes to reduce invasive species, litter, noise or light pollution in the environment, including coastal areas and on the water
- Environmental aspects of a heritage restoration scheme
- Initiatives to help local people to connect with their environment.
- Activities which encourage people to grow nature and increase the public understanding and enjoyment of wildlife and heritage.
Cornwall Council’s Grow Nature Seed Fund aims to support small-scale projects that help create more space for nature within local communities. If you have an idea which will Grow Nature, join us and play your part in transforming your local area for wildlife and for people. Any locally constituted and recognised ‘not for profit’ organisation could be eligible.
The Tevi Project’s Grant Fund is open under the current call. Applicants should already be registered with TEVI and working with a member of the Tevi team who will help with the first stage – the grant referral form. Once completed this will be independently scored and, if successful, invited to the full application stage managed by the Cornwall Development Company. For these calls TEVI are aiming to fund up to three grants in each of the following topics. Up to £3,000 is available for each grant (at an intervention rate of 65%). The minimum grant is £1,000.
Cornwall Council’s Forest for Cornwall Fund fund aims to support any community-based projects that help to increase the tree canopy cover in Cornwall. Any locally constituted or recognised ‘not for profit’ organisation which seeks to serve the people or wildlife of Cornwall could be eligible.
Cornwall Council’s Carbon Neutral Cornwall Fund provides vital funding to projects or ideas that are helping tackle climate change through reducing carbon production; the removal of carbon from the atmosphere; environmental activity that is not tree planting; or increasing community resilience.
Cornwall Council’s fund enables Local councils and community groups to apply for a grant to match fund 50% of costs, up to £2,000, to develop their own carbon inventory, action plan or feasibility work. The fund is specifically for helping develop work to understand your own carbon footprint, including how you can reduce emissions and work towards carbon neutrality.
There are a number of organisations that operate Free Tree schemes. There are also other programmes which provide funding for school and community projects. All of these deliver environmental benefits. Check out Forest for Cornwall’s list of available schemes.
The SUEZ Communities Trust aims to support community and environmental improvement projects through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. A suitable funding zone is defined as being anywhere within a three mile radius of a qualifying SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK waste processing location.
The St. Dennis and Nanpean Community Trust has the responsibility of distributing the funds associated with the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC). Funded by both Cornwall Council and Suez(Sita UK), the Trust receives £200,000 a year during the construction period and around £100,000 per year during the operational life of the CERC. The St. Dennis and Nanpean Community Trust aims to support projects and individuals who live in the area of benefit.
Biffa Award projects make up an eclectic community across the country, with funding provided through its Main Grants Scheme as part of the Landfill Communities Fund to projects near Landfill sites. Under this scheme, Biffa Award provides funding to community projects that fit into four different themes: Rebuilding Biodiversity, Community Buildings, Cultural Facilities & Recreation. To be eligible for funding that could get you between £10,000 – £75,000, your project must work towards one of these themes.
South West Waters Neighbourhood Fund enables community groups to apply for up to £1,000, and registered non-profits up to £5,000. Its Water-Saving Community Fund also supports community water conservation projects, like drought-tolerant gardens and water butts in community allotments – with funds from £1,000 for community groups to up to £30,000 for non-profits.
The Cornwall AONB’s Environment & Landscape Fund seeks to support local community groups and businesses within the AONB to conserve and enhance the protected landscape. It supports support small scale projects with funding (up to £500) to help get them off the ground.
Tamar Valley AONB’s Sustainable Development Fund supports individuals, community groups and businesses with projects projects that bring environmental, social and economic benefits to the Tamar Valley AONB. Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available through the Fund. In addition, Tamar TLC is offering four grants of £250 to help smaller projects.