Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment Grants

Trust for Oxfordshire's Environment

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Grant amount: Up to £10,000

Next deadline: Mar 5, 2020

Later deadlines: Jun 19, 2020, Sep 9, 2020, Jan 13, 2021

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: United Kingdom

Location of residency: United Kingdom

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Overview:

The Trust for Oxfordshire's Environment (TOE) raises funds for environmental projects that benefit the people and wildlife of our county. The TOE grant panel meets four times a year to consider funding applications, but our staff are always available to advise potential applicants.

Our core funding areas

TOE grants support three key areas of work: 

  • Access: We fund projects that improve public access to green spaces and the countryside, helping people engage with the natural environment. 
  • Biodiversity: We fund projects that create, protect and enhance local habitats, allowing wildlife to thrive and supporting nature’s recovery.
  • Low carbon: We fund projects that reduce Oxfordshire’s carbon footprint and improve the quality of our air, soil and water through changes in land use.

Our Main Fund: Grants of up to £10,000

Biodiversity Offsetting Grants: These programmes offer sources of funding for biodiversity projects in addition to our Main Fund grants.  

Connecting to nature

We believe that everyone, including the elderly and those with reduced mobility, should be able to enjoy accessing and exploring Oxfordshire’s countryside and local green spaces for recreation, education and enjoyment, with all the health and well-being benefits this brings.

TOE supports projects which improve access to local sites near where people live as well as the wider countryside and strategic routes.

We welcome projects which fit within Oxfordshire County Council’s (OCC) Rights of Way Management Plan (RoWMP) 2015-2025.

The OCC Countryside Access Team is always happy to offer support and advice to local communities wishing to make their area easier and safer to explore on foot, by bicycle and on horseback.

TOE will support projects which improve local green spaces and the accessibility and quality of the rights of way network including:

  • Creating new links, circular routes and traffic-free routes
  • Replacing stiles with gates
  • Improving path surfaces, signs and route-marking
  • Promoting the wider use of the countryside and green spaces, and linking with local facilities
  • Interpretation and education
  • Improving biodiversity of urban green spaces

Biodiversity - supporting nature’s recovery

Biodiversity is the variety of living organisms, the genetic differences among them, and the communities and ecosystems in which they occur. We aim to support nature’s recovery in the local area.

TOE has a variety of grants available to support projects that meet the following general criteria. Individual funds may also have additional conditions.

  • Improve the overall biodiversity of habitats including woodlands, ponds, rivers, meadows, greenspaces and the wider countryside.
  • Improve breeding or habitat conditions for particular species, e.g. planting nectar rich plants for bumblebees.
  • Expand the biodiversity resource within the 36 Conservation Target Areas (CTAs)
  • Improve the quality, quantity and/or coverage of voluntary species recording in Berkshire and Oxfordshire (see TVERC scheme below)

Further information on CTA’s and NERC Act S41 Habitats of Principal Importance (previously called BAP priority habitats and species) is available from Wild Oxfordshire.

Guidelines on landscape character and biodiversity down to the Parish level can be found at The Oxfordshire Wildlife and Landscape Study (OWLS).

Further information on Conservation Target Areas (CTAs), Biodiversity Opportunity Areas and BAP priority habitats and species is available from Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre & Oxfordshire County Council.

Reduce Carbon Emissions

With increasing concern about climate change, there's a groundswell of interest in the area of renewable resources and many active local groups in Oxfordshire. We can help.

TOE wishes to promote existing imaginative and effective schemes and help to inspire more local communities to get involved with making better use of resources and reducing their carbon footprint.

Examples that TOE might support include:

  • Natural climate solutions through habitat creation and better habitat management
  • Produce wood fuel through managing local woods for biodiversity
  • Encourage the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste
  • Improve water efficiency
  • Encourage and promote more sustainable transport options
  • Promote, produce or distribute local food and reduce food miles

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Your project should fall within at least one of our three funding areas:
    • Promote and improve the biodiversity of Oxfordshire’s wildlife habitats
    • Increase access to the local countryside and green spaces
    • Support the low carbon agenda through encouraging energy efficiency and the sustainable use of renewable resources
  • Other key criteria:
    • Your organisation must be non-profit making and have a formal constitution
    • Where contractors are being used, please obtain at least two quotes for the work

Ineligibility:

  • TOE cannot accept applications from projects which have already started
  • We do not generally fund land purchase projects but can consider them for some funding streams; contact us for further information.
  • We cannot fund projects which are fulfilling a statutory requirement or a requirement of planning permission.
  • We prefer not to fund the production of leaflets.
  • Most projects funded by TOE should involve capital works to improve a site. We do not fund revenue costs alone, but can support a proportion of revenue costs which are required to support the delivery of practical projects. 
  • We no longer fund energy efficiency projects in community buildings