Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment Grants: Main Fund

Trust for Oxfordshire's Environment

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Next predicted deadline: Jan 25, 2021

Later predicted deadlines: Apr 26, 2021, Jul 6, 2021, Sep 9, 2021

Grant amount: Up to £10,000

Fields of work: Environmental Conservation Energy Efficiency & Conservation Natural Resources Entomology Trail Creation & Maintenance Parks & Public Spaces Sustainability Show all

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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TOE is helping local people restore nature, tackle the climate emergency and connect with Oxfordshire’s wild side.

We’re Oxfordshire’s independent environmental funder. Our Local Environment Fund raises money and allocates grants for local projects that benefit wildlife, people and the planet. If you’d like to contribute to TOE’s Local Environment Fund, or if you’ve got a great project that needs funding, we’d love to hear from you.

Our Priorities


We need to create and restore more woodlands, grasslands and wetlands that can lock-up carbon and help nature recover.


We need to make our streets, parks and other public spaces better for wildlife, people and the planet. 


We need to help people connect with nature by improving public access to green spaces and the countryside.


We need to help local farmers and land managers restore nature, protect the countryside and produce food sustainably.


TOE exists to help finance local environmental projects, large and small. If you’ve got a good idea that matches our priorities, we’d love to hear from you. However, please note that the availability of grants does depend on people supporting TOE’s Local Environment Fund.

We aim to keep TOE’s Main Fund continuously open, which can provide up to £10,000 for biodiversity, access and low-carbon projects being delivered by community groups and non-profits. 

Main Fund

This is TOE’s original grant programme for community groups and other charitable or non-profit organisations throughout Oxfordshire. Grants of up to £10,000 can be used to deliver projects that support at least one of the following priorities:

  • Biodiversity - projects that create, protect and enhance natural habitats, allowing wildlife to thrive and supporting nature’s recovery; and/or projects that improve the quality, quantity and coverage of voluntary species recording.
  • Access - projects that improve public access to green spaces and the countryside, helping people connect with nature. 
  • Low Carbon - projects that lock-up carbon, such as tree planting, or innovative sustainability projects that help reduce carbon emissions in the first place.

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


  • Your project should fall within at least one of our three funding areas: biodiversity; access; low carbon. 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
    • TOE welcomes discussions prior to applications being submitted to help applicants tailor their application appropriately and ensure projects meet the funding criteria.
    • Eligible biodiversity projects should:
      • Improve the overall biodiversity of habitats including woodlands, ponds, rivers, meadows, green spaces 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 Oxfordshire and Berkshire (funded by TVERC).
    • 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.
    • If your project is primarily involves habitat creation and enhancement, you may want to apply for funding through our Biodiversity Net Gain programme. 
    • TOE supports 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
    • TOE supports projects which improve access to local sites near where people live as well as the wider countryside and strategic routes. We also 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 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 
      • Production of 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
      • Please note, we no longer fund energy efficiency projects in community buildings


  • 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

This page was last reviewed March 27, 2020 and last updated March 27, 2020