Taking action on environmental issues in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

  • Grant Range: Under £2,000
  • Closing Date: We will close for new applications from Monday 2 December 2019. We will continue to work on applications received to that date. We will then reopen for new applications on Monday 20 January 2020.
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The Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF)

The LEAF Endowment Fund exists to help people to deliver projects that address and/or raise awareness of environmental issues in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

What LEAF supports:

The primary focus of your application must clearly be on the environment, but it should also show how the proposed activity will have a positive impact on the quality of life of communities, particularly in areas of severe environmental and economic hardship.

Applications must demonstrate one of more of the following outcomes:

  • Encouraging communities to get involved in environmental activities
  • Changing behaviours leading to more local environmental action
  • Having a positive impact on the environment
  • Sharing learning about the environment with others

We are most interested in projects that can show that they will make a demonstrable change and immediate impact on the environment, but we will still consider applications where they are also working to raise awareness, education and change behaviour.

Applications are assessed and monitored against key impact themes; these are outlined in the Environmental Benefits table. To be eligible, your application should demonstrate how the proposed project will deliver against one or more of the six impact themes.

The Fund will consider applications for projects focused on any environmental theme, except those outlined in the exclusions below. From time to time, there may be specific environmental themes highlighted as a priority; please check the Community Foundation website for more information.

Who do we support:

We are particularly keen to receive applications from small local voluntary and community organisations. Larger environmental charities are eligible to apply but must demonstrate significant need and involvement from the local community in the development of the proposal and its delivery.

Grant size

Applications are invited for grants from £750 to a maximum of £2,000.

When can you apply:

You can apply any time, using the standard online Community Foundation application form, via the "Apply online" button above.

Examples of LEAF funded projects:

  • Developing a community orchard and wildflower meadow
  • Establishing children’s nature clubs in the community
  • Purchasing litter picking equipment to enable volunteers to clean up their local streets
  • A marine education project engaging the local community in caring for the local beaches and monitoring marine life
  • A bee friendly project which helped to educate young people about the importance of bees, and how they can be supported in our gardens
  • Supporting the costs of delivering woodland and forest education classes
  • Planting native hedgerows and bulbs to improve a site for wildlife
  • Running a citizen science project to collect data on river levels and engaging in planning for flood events

We are unable to consider applications for:

  • Conservation of charismatic well supported species or non-native species
  • Enhancement of habitat for sporting purposes
  • Expeditions or fieldwork outside of the UK
  • Playground or school ground improvements, unless there is significant wider community use
  • Individuals
  • Zoos, captive breeding and animal rescue centres
  • Beautification competitions, e.g. Villages in Bloom
  • Generic annual festivals
  • Large capital appeals or capital costs of renewable energy projects
  • Generic community garden/allotment/food growing projects

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