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SITA Young Person's Volunteering Fund

The Young Person’s Volunteering Fund has been created to assist young people aged 14-25 to volunteer their time to create or enhance facilities that can be enjoyed by the wider community.
Applicants can apply for up to £10,000 for each project undertaken.

Application guides and online forms are available at www.sitatrust.org.uk/volunteering and the first application deadline is 10am on 4th June 2010.  

Big Lottery Fund's Community Wildlife Programme

The Big Lottery Fund has teamed up with the BBC to launch the Community Wildlife Programme, which brings communities together to improve or protect the natural environment by raising awareness of threatened wildlife or places.The programme celebrates 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, by allowing local groups and communities to get more involved with, enhance and protect their local wildlife.  Not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, local councils and schools or health bodies may apply for support.Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are being provided for one-year projects that:
  • Improve rural or urban environments for people to enjoy, for example by:
  • protecting wildlife habitats;
  • creating a nature trail, woodland walk or wildlife garden; or
  • improving community spaces such as rivers, ponds, woodlands.
  • Projects that get people more active and healthier, for example by:
  • exploring parks, rivers and the countryside to look for rare or endangered species;
  • encouraging people to take up gardening or to go on nature walks; or
  • providing opportunities for children to learn about nature through play.

Community Wildlife will be officially launched on the BBC's Springwatch show on Tuesday 8 June at 8pm.The programme has three funding rounds.  The deadlines for receipt of applications for each round are 21 July 2010; 22 September 2010 and 24 November 2010.

Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 initiative and would like to encourage organisations to apply to them for funding for projects that will help to conserve the North West's natural heritage.

For more information: www.hlf.org.uk/newsletter/biodiversity_email.html

 Biffaward Flagship Scheme

The 2010 Flagship Scheme application process is now open.   

Through the Flagship Scheme they look to fund projects that have something unique and exciting that no other project in the region, or possibly country, has.  Grants of £150,000 - £500,000 are available. 

The Flagship Scheme supports two themes - rebuilding biodiversity and cultural facilities.

For more information: www.biffaward.org/about/foverview

Opal Grants Scheme

Apply for grants of up to £4,000 to help your society

The OPAL Grants Scheme aims to help natural history societies and recording schemes grow and flourish. They are awarding grants in 2010 and 2011 to support and enhance the day-to-day operation of societies and schemes, as well as for projects that develop these groups' activities or expand their outreach into the wider community. They will not fund Local Record Centre's or Local Authorities.

The theme of the 2010 Grants Scheme is: Extending your reach – inspiring a new generation of nature enthusiasts.
For more information: www.opalexplorenature.org/?q=SocietyFunding

Scout Moor Habitat Enhancement Fund

Funding is provided for practical and positive projects that have a high potential to bring about the restoration to favourable condition of blanket bogs or upland habitats, and/or to deliver conditions that are favourable to upland breeding birds.

For more information and details of how to apply following this link:


Biffaward Pond Digging Fund for BAP Species

In association with Biffaward, the Million Ponds Project are developing a fund to support pond creation for BAP species. For further details on the criteria required and to download enquiry forms please look on the following website:


Ponds for Great Crested Newts

Small grants scheme available for improving ponds and habitats for Great Crested Newts from ARC.


SITA Enriching Nature Fund

2011 Funding rounds and deadlines

Application deadline 10am on 5th November 2010  (notification of decision by 8th March 2011)
Application deadline 10am on 28th February          (notification of decision by 28th June)
Application deadline 10am on 1st July                   (notification of decision by 1st November)