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Grants for environmental and heritage projects

There is a wide variety of grants for projects related to environmental and heritage and design issues, as well as for sustainable development and "going green". Because these often change, this web page directs you to grant directories, which are regularly updated by other organisations. 

Sources of grants for environmental and heritage projects

  • Environmental grants in the Cotswolds AONB - to help farmers, landowners, organisations and local people to make environmental and conservation improvements.
  • Natural England - schemes ranging from very large grants, such as Environmental Stewardship, to smaller grants like the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund.
  • Forestry Commission - a range of woodland and forestry grants.
  • Landfill Communities Fund - environmental grants. 
  • Heritage Funding Directory - comprehensive guide to funding sources for built and natural heritage projects.
  • Building - information on sources of grants for the conservation of historic property.
  • Energy Saving Trust - information on grants from the Government, energy suppliers and local authorities to help fund energy saving measures in the home. 
  • Warm and Well - energy efficiency grant supported by Cotswold District Council and other local authorities in Gloucestershire.  

Grants for business and community projects

There are several comprehensive grant directories with information on a wide range of grants, for example:

Tips on applying for grants

  • Ensure that the grant is still available, as many are time limited.
  • Check the deadline for the grant application.
  • It may help to contact the funding organisation before applying for the grant to get advice on whether your application may be successful and the level of detail needed in your submission.
  • Check the maximum and minimum sums that can be allocated.
  • Check the percentage cost of the project that you may have to pay yourself and add details of how you will raise your financial contribution to the project. Do remember that volunteer time can sometimes count as part of your financial contribution.
  • Check that the grant covers your type of project and geographical area. 
  • Be clear in your application that you meet all the necessary criteria.
  • Make sure that you give adequate details about your project, such as other sources of support, budgets, consultation etc.