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Up to £2,000 Available for Greener Futures Fund – UK

Up to £2,000 Available for Greener Futures Fund – UK

Deadline: Ongoing

The Winchester City Council has announced the applications for Greener Futures Fund to support not-for-profit organizations in the district that can demonstrate how their work helps achieve one or more of the funding themes: transport, energy, properties, and behavioral changes.

Through the ‘Greener Future Fund’ they are supporting voluntary and not-for-profit groups and organisations in the district that are helping to create cohesive, sustainable, healthy and resilient communities in Winchester.

The council wishes to support projects run by not-for-profit organisations that activate, develop and increase the community’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the district. They will provide pledges for one off activities, campaigns and events; new services; start up programmes, pilots for innovation and pre-empting change, building resilience and increasing reach in services in order to promote and enhance sustainability.

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Funding Themes

Organisations applying for funds must demonstrate how the work helps achieve the funding theme: Transport, energy, properties and behavioural changes.
Transport support for schemes that:
Develop an expanded network of electric vehicle charging points across the district – such as on community buildings.
Encourage more walking and cycling and use of public transport and reduce the need to use cars.
Develop and adopt green travel plans to encourage healthy and sustainable travel options.
Energy support for schemes that:
Engage with the district’s communities to work jointly on initiatives that reduce energy use or generate renewable energy, e.g. roof-top solar PV on buildings.
Installation of green technologies, including energy generation, storage and distribution.
Installation of technologies to reduce power/or heat usage.
Properties support for schemes that:
Facilities and building management systems that reduce consumption and waste.
Behavioural changes support for schemes that:
Deliver campaigns to inspire people, businesses and communities to reduce energy consumption and provide energy advice that helps people make changes.
Provide and share information with residents / communities on how to live more sustainably and where local groups are so they can get further support in their communities.
Reduce levels of contamination in the recycling waste streams through clearer information and guidance.
Increase the types of waste that are recycled, through joint local schemes for example.
Funding Information

Eligible applicants will be considered for a pledge/award of up to 50% of their project costs or £2,000 (whatever is less). If selected for support, the council match would then be applied to the applicants crowdfund campaign, once they have achieved 25% of their fundraising target on Crowdfunder.
Eligibility Criteria

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Local not-for-profit groups, community organisations and registered charities which provide activities and services to the residents, businesses and communities of the Winchester district.
Must be located in the Winchester district and primarily benefit the communities and residents
Items must not be purchased prior to agreement of funding
Estimates must be provided of agreed expenditure
Award cannot be used for general running costs
All applicants must comply with the relevant permissions/licencing/insurance/documentation (constitution)/policies
Every not for profit group/organisation should have a constitution which includes a formal decision making process, and aims that are acceptable to the council.
In the case of registered charities they must comply with the standards laid down by the Charity Commission. Applicants must reach 25% of the fundraising target in order to qualify for a contribution pledge from the council
Projects must be able to demonstrate support of the council priorities and themes
Organisations must acknowledge the financial support of the council in its documentation and publicity material. A Winchester City Council logo should be displayed on all posters, letters and literature produced by the organisation in relation to this project. An electronic version of the logo would be provided for this purpose. A copy of the Council’s Publicity Protocol, which explains the council’s expectations with regard to recognising and publicising grant awards, will be provided
They are unable to fund applicants who have received project funding in the previous financial year
Any applicants with a debt outstanding to the council or are in breach of any regulation or licences etc. will not be considered

They are unable to fund:

Local or national appeals
Student expeditions
Replacement or like for like equipment/items
Play areas (e.g. equipment for public playgrounds)
Activities which are of a wholly and exclusively political or religious nature, or organisations supporting political activism
Curriculum based school activities
Capital or project activities of a statutory nature
Retrospective funding of activities/projects/equipment
Day-to-day general running costs, such as rent or living costs such as bills, deposits and rates
Costs associated with fundraising (activities, events and campaigns etc.)
Repeat activities / projects
Basic website
For more information, visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/greener-future-fund

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