The Get Better with Nature Community Fund 2016 opened on 21 July 2016.
The Fund awards grants to support community-based initiatives in Peak District, to help locals make a difference to their local community and the natural environment.
The grants should stimulate and support local, community-based initiatives which encourage and inspire people and/or supporters to “get better with nature” by making a small investment in their local environment for instance in their community, local green space, wildlife or waterways.
The £2,500 Get Better with Nature Community Fund will award one-off grants of up to £1,000 to local initiatives, businesses and charities that can deliver a real impact by improving the natural environment or helping people to understand and appreciate how nature can benefit the health and wellbeing of local communities and business.
Applications will be viewed and judged by a panel of experts including Nestlé Waters and The Wildlife Trust, who launched the Get Better with Nature campaign in September 2014.
Applicants have until 16 September 2016 to submit their bid, with planned projects to be commenced by the end of 2016 and completed by 31 May 2017.
To apply, please download the application form below.
Terms and Conditions – Application Guidelines
About the Get Better with Nature Community Fund
The Get Better with Nature Community Fund is a grant scheme which aims to:
Each application to the Fund will be judged on the extent to which they support each of the stated aims and objectives of the campaign:
Examples of projects that might be funded include, but are not limited to:
About Get Better with Nature The Get Better with Nature campaign is a collaborative, long-term programme aimed at helping raise awareness of the value of nature and its services to health, wellbeing, communities and businesses across the UK. It looks to encourage supporters to make a positive difference literally, and figuratively, in their own backyards. With a focus on water in the landscape, the activities of the campaign also include educational materials, hands on interactive activities and open forums for discussion involving schools, individuals, community groups and employees of the campaign partners, Nestlé Waters and The Wildlife Trust.
One-off grants of up to £1,000 are available for applicants to use as part of the final budget for a project.
The person shouldn’t be related to the applicant, live at the same address or be in a relationship with the applicant.
Projects without a clear plan outlining the benefit to Peak District residents cannot be funded. If you are unsure whether your organisation is operating in this area please contact Get Better with Nature team to discuss your project before applying (contact details below).
What/who cannot be funded through this programme?
Process of funding decision
In order to prove that the grant is part of a project, all applicants must submit a budget for the wider project detailing how the grant will be used.If your project involves work on land or a building, including refurbishment, please provide proof that your organisation does own the freehold for this land/building, or holds a lease of at least five years that cannot be ended by the landlordIf your project involves planning permission, please provide evidence that this has already been granted.
Closing Dates for Applications
Please return your application form and all supporting documents by the deadlines listed below, no later than 5pm.
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We aim to let you know the outcome of your application within 8 weeks of the closing date. Successful applicants will need to start project planning and activity before the end of 2016 and will have until 31 May 2017 to spend the grant, and will be expected to complete and submit a monitoring report within 6 weeks of the project completion.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Groups in receipt of a grant will be required to complete a short form outlining how the grant was spent and highlighting the benefits for residents. You will be provided with the form when you are awarded a grant.Monitoring and evaluating the projects funded by our grants enables your group and us to better understand the impact of the grant. It helps us to more fully understand community needs, enables your group and us to learn from your project and can also help you put together information that can help to inform future plans.It is also recommended that organisations should collect valuable information on how people benefit from your work, what works and what doesn’t, how you can make your services more effective, and also demonstrate to future funders the value of your work.
Timetable for spending the grant
Successful applicants will need to start project planning and activity before the end of 2016 and will have until 31 May 2017 to spend the grant, and a further 6 weeks after this date to submit monitoring.Grants cannot be used to pay for activities taking place before the grant was awarded.
We reserve the right to verify all applications and refuse to award the grant and/or refuse further participation in the scheme where there are reasonable grounds to believe there has been a breach of these terms and conditions or any instructions forming part of the scheme entry requirements or otherwise where an applicant has gained unfair advantage in participating in the scheme or won using fraudulent means.In the event of circumstances outside our reasonable control or otherwise where fraud, abuse, and/or an error (human or computer) affects or could affect the proper operation of the scheme, and only where circumstances make this unavoidable, we reserves the right to cancel or amend the scheme or these terms and conditions, at any stage, but will always endeavour to minimize the effect to applicants in order to avoid undue disappointment.We reserve the right to withhold a grant or require repayment if:
The successful applicant agrees to participate in related publicity with no further recompense.
All applications will undergo due diligence to confirm compliance with these terms and conditions. Please do not hesitate to contact the Get Better with Nature Campaign if you would like to discuss your proposal prior to making an application, if you need help with completing the form or providing the supporting documents please get in touch with us at email@example.com
How to apply
Applications can be made by completing the Application Form below.
You should submit the completed Application Form electronically along with any other supporting scanned documents to: Mr Alastair Tolan, Get Better with Nature Community Fund Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org