Somerset Council

Green Research Micro Grants 2023/24

Applications: Intergenerational Microgrants - iWill 2023 - Backyard Nature
Deadline: Spring 2024

Green Research microgrants offer seasonal funding up to the value of £1000 for your patch. This include money for creating a nature haven, making patches a bit prettier, or running some fun activities!

Criteria:

Project idea must engage min. 15 young people (aged 7-25)

Organisations applying must be connected to a local housing association

Ideas must be youth-led

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Heat Pump Grants boosted by 50% through the boiler upgrade scheme  

Applications: Check if you're eligible - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 
Deadline: No deadline

Thinking about getting a heat pump? The government has increased the grant to homeowners to £7500 for an air source heat pump.

Air source heat pump

Reimagining the levels - Support for local tree planting

Applications: RTL | Stewardship and Vision on The Somerset Levels (reimaginingthelevels.org.uk)

Deadline: No deadline

If you're looking to plant trees this planting season get in contact with Reimagining the Levels who can support local schemes.

 

 

Photo credit: RTL    A child with a spade at a tree planting event


Exciting Opportunity for Energy Network Members - Funding available to support your activities!

Applications: megan.blyth@cse.org.uk
Deadline:
 First come first served

Energy Support Network – Somerset Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) are offering small grants of £300 - £5,000 to community organisations in Somerset with the aim of increasing the capacity for organisations to deliver energy advice supporting vulnerable people in their communities.  

This funding opportunity is open to all community organisations who have been involved (or wish to be involved) in the Rural Communities Energy Support Network.  

The aim of the funding is to enable your organisation to support vulnerable people in your community with energy advice. The funding can be used for a range of activities including training and capacity building, staff time, volunteer expenses, publicity, event costs and energy saving kit. 

 


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Voltalia Solar Farms Community Fund for Yeovil Area

Applications: Bizgive.com
Deadline: 6 May 2024

Voltalia are providing a Community Benefit Fund to support the local area hosting its Clifton Farm Solar Park near Yeovil. The fund is open to applications from local groups within 4km of the site.

Grants of up to £5000 to projects that improve the social and environmental wellbeing of the local area for local groups are invited to apply for a share of the funding by submitting their project ideas. 

Image of a solar farm in a rural field

Sustainable Farming Incentive 2023 

Applications: Sustainable Farming Incentive
Deadline:
Tbc

The Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) 2023 will start accepting applications in a controlled rollout from August, the government has confirmed. 

The SFI will offer farmers more flexibility to choose the actions they want to get paid for. Farmers will get paid for taking actions that support food production and improve farm productivity and resilience, while also protecting and improving the environment.  

Sustainable Farming Incentive


Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Scheme

Applications: GOV.UK - Workplace EV Charging Scheme
Deadline: TBC

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides eligible applicants with support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle (EV) charge points at their place of work.

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Lendology loans for sustainable home improvements

Applications: Lendology
Deadline: No Deadline. 

Could your home benefit from energy saving improvements? CIC and Somerset Council's collaboration since 2005, is driving climate-friendly community changes in Somerset. Residents benefit from accessible home improvement loans, exemplified by success stories available on Lendology's website. Lendology's partnership is at the forefront of revolutionising climate-conscious home improvements. Whether it's to replace aging boilers, inefficient windows, or fund renewable energy measures, they offer practical sustainable solutions.


For more information on diverse loan schemes, residents can contact Lendology at 01823 461099 or visit the Lendology website. 

 

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Great British Insulation Scheme

Applications: GOV.UK - Apply for support
Deadline: No deadline

You may be able to get free or cheaper insulation to reduce your home's energy bills, You can be a homeowner, landlord or tenant (either renting privately or from a housing association). If you’re a tenant, speak to your landlord before you apply. You’ll need their permission before any insulation can be installed. 

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Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme

Applications: Exmoor National Park
Deadline: No Deadline. Projects must be completed by March 2025

Farming in Protected Landscapes is a programme of funding for one-off projects.

Supporting farmers and land managers to carry out projects that; support nature recovery, mitigate the impacts of climate change or support nature friendly, sustainable farm business.

It is open to all farmers and land managers within a National Park or AONB.

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Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund

Applications: avivacommunityfund.co.uk
Deadline: TBC

Funding is available for organisations looking to deliver projects to protect and restore nature in their local communities.
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Forestry Training Fund

Applications: forestrytrainingfund.co.uk
Deadline: Open to apply for training places that start from April 2024 onwards

If you live or work in England, you can apply for 100% grant funding to help you gain new forestry and woodland skills. Funding is available for people considering a change of career, or seeking to build and diversify their skills in forestry and who want to undertake a forestry-related training course.
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Woodland Trust Free Trees 

Applications: FreeTrees
Deadline: 
March 2024

Everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. The Woodland Trust is giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities, to get millions more trees in the ground. 

Free tree packs for schools and communities, taking applications for March 2024 delivery. 

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Lush Charity Pot

Applications: weare.lush.com
Deadline: No cut-off date

Charity Pot grants provide targeted funding to small, grassroots groups. Not just because they are often best placed to make a real difference with limited resources; but also, because they often struggle to find funding.
lush charity pot diagram. The pot that does alot

Southern Co-op: Greener Neighbourhoods Local Funding

Applications: neighbourly.com/GreenerNeighbourhoods
Deadline: 31 December 2026

£500 grants for local charities good causes group whose aim is to build and promote a greener neighbourhood.

Southern Co-op Retail store staff member with a beekeeper in a protective suit holding a a box of bees