Local group fund

Apply for a grant from the Local Group Fund to support the development of your group or its campaigning activities.

02 Jul 2020

Friends of the Earth is extremely grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for supporting our Local Group Fund.

Local Group Fund and Covid-19

This time of year, many groups usually apply for grants to fund their spring and summer events. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we know a lot of these great plans have had to be cancelled.

So until 15 July 2020, we're encouraging you to apply to the Local Group Fund to purchase resources for your group.

This can be getting your group a new table for stalls, prop-making materials, maybe a megaphone. You can also get creative, for example by designing and printing your own group t-shirts (remember you can find your group logos here). This is an opportunity to come out of the lockdown better equipped than before.

Please do your best to prioritise purchasing goods that are ethically and sustainably produced, and/or from small local businessed that may be struggling due to coronavirus, even if it means paying a bit more.

We've created a simple temporary application for this, and look forward to reviewing your requests. Please send them to localgroups@foe.co.uk.

About the Local Group Fund

Raising money is part of running a local group. To help with this the Local Group Fund is open to all licensed Friends of the Earth groups and networks. Groups can apply for grants up to £500.

If you're considering applying for a grant from the fund, please read the FAQs below before downloading the application form.

Once you have completed the application form, please email it to us.

Who can apply?

The Local Group Fund is open to all licensed Friends of the Earth groups and networks. It is intended to provide financial support that can make a real difference, either by building and developing your group or by achieving a demonstrable positive impact on nature and/or the climate.

How often can a group apply?

You can submit separate applications for a total of £500 a year.

What do we need to include in our application?

The application form must be completed in its entirety. Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • A clear objective that demonstrates benefits to the environment and/or group development.
  • A plan and timescale for meeting the objective.
  • A costing for the project.

Your groups will also be required to submit an additional simple evaluation form upon spending an awarded grant. If information is missing or vague then it is less likely that your group will be awarded a grant.

Can we apply for a grant retrospectively?

Grants must not be applied for retrospectively except in an emergency. When there is an urgent and compelling reason for financial assistance – which could not have been foreseen – we are able to issue grants at short notice.

What happens after we submit our application?

The Campaign Activism Team will consider your application. We aim to inform you by email of the outcome within 2 weeks of receiving your application.

How likely are we to receive the grant?

Grants will normally be awarded for standalone campaign projects or to support group health. This could include promotional materials for an event, equipment for an action, venue hire, celebration of campaign successes, recruitment initiatives etc.

Grants will not be awarded for everyday group running costs (e.g. phone bills, internet connection, basic stationary costs), or ongoing funding needs.

Please note: preference will be given to groups who can find part funding for the purpose of their application from group funds, fundraising or external sources.

Why do we need to fill out an evaluation form?

If your application is successful you will receive a confirmation letter with payment details. Please complete the enclosed evaluation form. There are 4 reasons for this:

  1. To help you celebrate and learn from your work.
  2. To inform us of the impact of your activities.
  3. To help us give advice to other groups planning similar work.
  4. To inform future applications you make.
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