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Green Grants 2023

We are inviting Expressions of Interest for a new fund for existing non-environmental grant-holders, through which they can access Green Grants of up to £10,000, to develop climate change mitigation and environmental improvements in their organisations. This supports our work towards increasing awareness – and the ability – to act on climate change, to organisations beyond the environmental sector.

Estimates in 2021 suggested that only around 4% of charitable giving in the UK was spent on environmental activity, including climate change. One of our goals is to increase our funding commitment in this area, especially where activity is linked to the focus areas defined in our Purpose Framework. This fund also enables us to continue to fulfil our responsibilities under the Funder Commitment on Climate Change, of which we have been a signatory since 2021.

The Opportunity

We are offering existing non-environmental grant-holders the opportunity to access up to £10,000 each to develop climate change mitigation and environmental improvements in their organisation.

This fund is available to charities whose core work is non-environmental, and whose grant with the OCT is currently live. Charities must also have had an income of less than £2m in the last year to be eligible. We expect proposals to have clear targets, outlined in the Expression of Interest. If you are unsure of what sort of targets you could aim for, some excellent examples have been provided by our friends at VONNE. In 2022, VONNE gathered and consulted with a group of sector organisations to develop an engaging and effective platform called Going Green Together. On their Act page are some excellent examples for targets, such as: waste reduction, reducing food and travel carbon emissions, increasing and sharing knowledge, etc. We also welcome targets around developing a sustainability strategy or reviewing policies.

Application requirements

Applicants must have a named person responsible for the delivery of the project, and must have looked into other funding opportunities first, where relevant. This is because we are aware that there are a range of grants available within this sector and that these opportunities are changing frequently.

Applicants must be able to briefly evidence the need for their proposed activity (they could also be applying for a grant to do this), and the proposed activity must be complete or available for evaluation by December 2023. Finally, applicants should demonstrate an understanding of how their chosen activity relates to their mission.

We will review applications on a rolling basis until 14 April 2023, when we will close the application window.

To apply for a Green Grant, please complete a brief Expression of Interest here. We expect that this support will be of interest to a large number of organisations, so do submit your form as soon as you are ready. If you have any further questions, please email the Trust Coordinator at