By Sarah Everson Grants for schools

Increase your green credentials and sow the seeds for a sustainable future by applying for an eco grant

Heathrow Community Trust Grant value: From £2,500 to £25,000 Next deadline: 11 September 2020 Details: The trust offers environmental and sustainability grants to charities, schools and colleges in close proximity to the airport. These are available for up to two years for projects that reduce energy consumption, tackle climate change, boost recycling or create areas where nature can thrive. Additional grants are available for projects involving young people and the community. The application process has two stages. How to apply: Complete a stage-one application online at funding./environmental-and-sustainability- grants. If successful you will be invited to proceed to stage two within one month.


M&S Energy Community Fund


£5,000 each to two winners

This is an annual initiative, with a deadline each autumn

The fund supports environmentally conscious community projects by installing renewable technology or energy efficiency measures. Applicants are assisted in running a crowdfunding campaign. The campaign that attracts the most supporters and the project that raises the most money both receive winning grants of £5,000. Successful past projects have included solar panels, recycled play equipment and a solar-powered playhouse. Register online at

Naturesave Trust

Generally no more than £3,000


Grants are available for projects that address sustainable development, environmental improvement, conservation and general ‘green’ issues. Previous grants have been awarded to schools to help finance the installation of solar panels, and also for planters to improve the outside environment and increase biodiversity, ‘bee club’ equipment, and to pay for a shed to store forest schools equipment. Download an application form at

The Tree Council

£300 to £1,000 Annual awards, with a deadline in May

The Tree Futures Grant Scheme is open to local authority-run schools with pupils age 16 or under who want to purchase and plant trees in their grounds. The school must contribute at least 20% of the total project cost. Grants are awarded in June, but the trees need to be planted during National Tree Week at the end of November. Download an application form and breakdown sheet at

Learning Through Landscapes

Equipment worth up to £500, plus teacher training

Spring 2020 (date TBC)

Schools are welcome to apply for outdoor learning equipment up to the value of £500, plus training for teachers delivered in school. The list of items available includes resource packs, seeds, posters, outdoor cooking equipment, activity cards, gardening tools, planters, insect habitats, nesting boxes, cameras, microscopes, outdoor clothing and more. Apply online, choosing the equipment you would like and the training you require, at

FSC Kids Fund Up to 75% of the course fees

1 November

Schools can apply for help with funding to take groups of disadvantaged children, age between four and 18, on one-day or residential courses at Field Studies Council (FSC) learning locations. The courses are designed to encourage young people to discover, explore and understand the natural environment, and can focus on either wildlife and environment or eco-adventure. Download the application form at field-studies-

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