Funding opportunities

Links to funding specific websites:
Bfunded is a free service designed to help everyone involved in the business and voluntary sectors of the Bradford District to find funds to achieve their vision. (Free 7-day trial, charged thereafter)
Grants information for the British charitable and non-profit sector. This site aims to provide the latest funding information from Central Government, National Lottery, devolved governing bodies, EU and quangos. Access Funds also has a range of services to help you fundraise.


Grants to fund your environmental activities.

Action Earth 2008
Action Earth provides grants of up to £50 (funded by Morrisons) to assist groups in England, Scotland and Wales in carrying out environmental projects.

This year, there are also a limited number of £250 grants, only available in Scotland and funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, specifically intended for biodiversity projects.
For full details please visit the following link:


Abbey Charitable Trust
Abbey bank will fund registered charities with grants of between £500 and £4000. They prefer to fund equipment costs but a salary can also be covered as long as it doesn't exceed 50% of the donation. One area they are keen to fund is community regeneration bringing different groups together particularly on environmental projects.

For further information visit


Access to Nature Fund (Available early 2008)
Grants between £50 000 and £500 000 from the Big Lottery Fund. Types of project funded are those involved in community awareness and active participation, education, learning and volunteering and welcoming, well-managed and wildlife-rich places.

For further information visit


Active Living Fund
Grants of up to £1000 are available through the Kellogs Active Living Fund for projects that remove the "barriers" which stop people being active.

For further information visit


The Big Green Challenge

This is all about unleashing new ideas for reducing carbon emissions in communities. If you’ve already got an idea at the back of your mind, sharing it with other people in your group or community could be the first step to making it a reality.

The Big Green Challenge from NESTA is a £1 million prize fund
designed to encourage and reward people working together. We want you
to develop and implement new approaches that will lead towards a 60%
reduction of CO2 emissions in your communities.

Apply at this link:


Grants between £5000 and £500 000 are available for biodiversity projects. Small grants of between £250 and £5000 are also available.

For further information visit


Community Composting
Bradford Council is looking to fund suitable community composting schemes throughout the district, to provide infrastructure, publicity etc. either for existing schemes or new schemes. Please contact my office on 01274 431559 for further information.

Defra Greener Living Fund
A new £6 million fund to help charitable and voluntary organisations support and develop environmental projects throughout England. The Greener Living Fund will help voluntary organisations promote positive environmental changes to individuals and communities, helping them reduce their carbon footprints, make greener lifestyle choices and find new ways to rely less on our natural resources.

For further information visit


Green Living Awards (Guardian/UnLtd)
Awards totalling around £100,000 to individuals who want to run innovative environmental projects in their local communities or on a larger scale.

For more information visit: 


Healthy Heart Grants
Grants of up to £10 000 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations and researchers who are spreading the healthy heart message. Heart research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart helth and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

For further information visit


Local Food Programme (Available February 2008)
Grants from the Big Lottery Fund from £2,000 up to £500,000 will be awarded to projects such as growing, processing, marketing and distributing local food; composting and raising awareness of the benefits of such activities.

For further information visit


Naturesave Trust small grants, no deadline

The Naturesave Trust aims to fund "projects that deal with the root of a specific environmental and/or conservationist problem and those that encourage the greater commercial adoption of sustainable development".

Start up grants are available for social entrepreneurs wanting to set up a company or organisation that seeks to promote a greater awareness of sustainable development.  Existing companies or charities can apply for project funding.

There are no deadlines for applications.  Applications are assessed on a "rolling" basis.  The average grant is £2,000 and funding is available for projects from £100 to £10,000. 

For further details and an application form, visit


Northern Gas Networks Environmental Grants

See link below for details of the Northern Gas Networks' environmental support scheme. The scheme seeks to distribute £60,000 to community groups and charitable organisations for environmental projects. The deadline for applications is 31st August 2009.


Sustainable Development Fund
Help is available for businesses and individuals with new ideas for living and working sustainably in this protected landscape, through these Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority funds which we assist them to manage. Visit the following link for more information: