Funding Sources

Financial support for sustainable design features is available from a range of sources for a wide variety of projects including new build and refurbishment.

A list of funding sources available to schools in Wales can be found in the table below.   

Name Topic  Who can apply Website
SITA Trust's Enriching Nature Programme Biodiversity Not-for-profit organisations including community groups, parish councils, charities, local authorities and voluntary organisations.
Details Funds projects up to £25,000 - projects of this value should ideally meet national and regional priorities for species and habitats, but local priorities will also be considered.
Ernest Cook Trust Educational Grants Biodiversity  The small grants programme supports state schools and small registered charities ; The large grants programme is aimed at more comprehensive education programmes http://www.ernestcook grants/index.html
Details Grants range from £100-£3000 to help with educational resources such as bug boxes, pond dipping equipment, bat boxes, books on wildlife, weather stations etc
The British Ecological Society  - Ecological Education Grants Biodiversity / School Grounds Applications are accepted from the UK without having to be a BES member and from any other country if the principle applicant is a BES member. http://www.britishecological grants/education
Details The Ecological Education Grants (EEGs) are available to enable teachers to make the teaching of ecology more innovative, interesting and exciting.
Department of Energy and Climate Change - Low Carbon Buildings Programme Energy Grants for microgeneration installations by public sector and charitable organisations in the UK http://www.lowcarbonbuildings
Details Grants for the installation of microgeneration technologies are available to public sector buildings including schools, hospitals, housing associations and local authorities and charitable bodies.
E.ON Sustainable Energy Fund Energy Local community groups and not for profit organisations located in England, Scotland and Wales
Details Grants of up to £20,000 to community groups and not for profit organisations who wish to consider and implement sustainable energy projects in their buildings - from energy efficiency through to micro generation. Projects must demonstrate a measureable positive impact on the environment most likely be demonstrated through by stating carbon savings. Funding must be used for the purchase and implementation of capital equipment, physical measures and associated direct costs only.
Green Energy Trust (UK)  Energy Projects from local community groups and not for profit organisations and charities within the UK may apply http://www.scottishpower
Details Local community groups and not for profit organisations and charities within the UK can apply for grants for the installation of renewable technologies. Funding is available through the Green Energy Trust will provide grants of up to £25,000 (but most projects receive around £10,000) for up to half the cost of the chosen renewable technology. The maximum amount would only be awarded to exceptional projects that tick all the boxes and demonstrate real value for money. Projects also need to have a really strong community benefit and wider educational element. The Trust considers all kinds of renewable technologies,including: Small-scale hydro,Wind power, Biomass, Landfill gas ,Solar energy, Ground source heat pumps. 
Green Fund EDF Energy Energy Award grants to community, non-profit, charitable and educational organisations across the UK
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Details Funding is provided for the installation of small scale renewable energy technology or for feasibility studies. The Fund committee meets twice a year to assess applications. Since 2001 it has made awards worth over £4.25 million in total. The Fund committee includes senior EDF Energy employees and an independent renewable energy consultant.
Green Loan Scheme Energy Schools, higher and further education and local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales http://www.salixfinance
Details The Department for Energy and Climate Change has launched a new loan fund to help public bodies such as schools cut their carbon emissions and reduce their energy consumption. A total of £51.5 million is available in interest free loan funding to install a wide range of energy efficient technologies, such as solar panels, wind turbines and installation etc. There is no maximum level of loan funding available but the minimum loan is £5000. Loans are repayable over a four year period. 
Community Renewable Energy Grants - The Naturesave Trust Energy The projects considered must be from environmental and conservationist groups and organisations who seek funding for
specific projects and not the general administrative costs of their respective organisations. UK wide.
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Details The Naturesave Trust, set up in 1995, to fund specific environmental and conservation projects throughout the UK and to encourage the greater adoption of sustainable development, especially within the Small and Medium Sized business community (SMEs) has announced that it now provides start up 'seed corn' grants for community renewable energy projects.   Recently funded projects by the Trust include Pilling St John's Primary School which received funding towards the installation of a wind turbine at the school, providing energy and income to the school; and Trees for Health which received funding from the Trust to set up green woodworking area to utilise local coppice wood in Devon.
Hilton in the community Foundation General The Foundation aims to support a range of causes helping young people, across the UK and Ireland http://www.hilton-
Details Grants available up to £5000 to support organisations that work with young people. Previously supported projects by the Foundation have included: - The palmer Junior School which received a grant of £2740 to help send 11 young people on a school trip who could not otherwise afford it. - The Red Gate School which received a grant of £750. 
Lottery Fund - Awards for All General Voluntary and community organisation, school, community or town council, health body across the UK http://www.awards
Details Awards for All are available to schools, offering between £300 to £10,000 for grass roots social and environmental projects that benefit local communities. "A simpler application process and a maximum turnaround time of six weeks for a decision are among the changes to the programme, which will make it much easier for applicants to successfully apply for small pots of funding that can have such a big impact on local communities and lives" A total of £45.2 million is available. Applications must be submitted at least three months before a project starts and the project must be complete a year after the date of the litter confirming the grant. 
Wolfson Foundation Schools Programme General Support of secondary schools, primarily for what was the 'maintained' sector (now foundation/voluntary aided/voluntary controlled schools) though not excluding independent schools, sixth form colleges and high performing community schools in the UK http://www.wolf flash/
Details Schools that are looking for grants to fund building work, IT and other equipment (mainly for the teaching of science and technology) can apply to the Wolfson Foundation's school programme. The types of schools eligible to apply include independent schools, foundations (in place for five years), voluntary aided schools and sixth form colleges (in place for five years). State schools are ineligible to apply. The level of funding ranges from £20,000 to £50,000 per school. For example Weald of Kent Grammar School was recently awarded £40,000 to help buy computers and other items as well as refurbishing two classrooms and to equip its new science laboratories. 
Co-op Community young people General Organisations and young people across the UK
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Details Supports the positive contribution that children and young people can make to their local communities. Involved more than 100,000 of them with their community programmes. Grants and conditions vary.
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation  General Organisations across the UK http://www.esmee index.html
Details The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK. They do this by funding the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. Last year they committed approximately £30 million towards a wide range of work.
Garfield Weston Foundation General UK registered charities
Details Grants are available to charities and other exempt organisations including education establishments.  There is no limit on the size of grant, there are no formal deadlines but you should allow four months for the final outcome.  
The Royal Geographical Society - Innovative Geography Teaching Grants General Innovative geography teaching for all geography teachers working in secondary schools across UK
Details One of the Society's key aims is to enhance the teaching and learning of geography in schools. The Society works on behalf of schools providing activities, training, advice and resources. Their main focus is on 12 to 19 year olds in schools and colleges. Teachers that have an innovative idea for promoting the teaching of geography in a stimulating way are able to apply for an Innovative Geography Teaching Grant from the Royal Society. The grant is open to all geography teachers working in secondary schools and aims to enhance pupils' geography education in a stimulating way. The Society provides five grants of up to £800 a year.
Ford Britain Trust General Projects that provide clear benefits to the local communities close to Ford Britain Trust's UK locations.
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Details Only available for schools in locations near Ford Motor Company Limited's UK operations - Essex (including East London), Bridgend, Southampton and Daventry.  Small grants of up to £250 are available four times per year and large grants of between £250 and £3000 are considered twice a year.  Special attention is given to projects focusing on education, environment and children.
The ASDA Foundation General Registered charities and local community groups across the UK
Details The ASDA Foundation trust was set up in 1988 to support local good causes chosen by employees and is funded by profits from the mid-week national lottery. The Foundation can support charities within the UK, as well as people and projects who require financial assistance, including everything from local charities and playgroups to football teams as long as they have the support of local ASDA colleagues. Some of the projects that the ASDA Foundation has supported in the past include transforming a large tarmac playing ground at Haslingden Primary School, Lancashire, into a place where children can play, learn, enjoy, plant and grow and most of all have fun. The Foundation also provides funding for the Southglade Park community allotment, a non profitable initiative where the produce grown is used to educate young children and adults on healthy eating.
Volvo Eco Adventure General Teams of 2 to 5 members aged 13 to 16. Internationally. http://www.volvoad
Details The Volvo Eco Adventure is an award scheme for young environmentalists. The scheme provides grants of £500 to young people aged 10-16 who are involved in local environmental activities.  Groups of young people can apply for one of ten annual awards of £500 to help fund an environmental project in their school, youth group, Wildlife Watch group or local community.  Projects can focus on one of the following areas: Biodiversity; Energy; Transport; Water Conservation or Waste and Recycling.  The overall winning group will be entered into the International Volvo Adventure, this includes:  An all expensive paid trip to Gothenburg for five young people and two adults to the global Volvo Adventure Conference for young environmentalists in September 2011, in association with the United Nations Environment Programme and a chance to compete against other young environmentalists from around the world for an international award of US$10,000, US$6000 or US$4000 to fund environmental activities. 
The Fair Share Trust General Project must be based within, or benefit the community in the Fair Share Trust neighbourhood and should meet at least one of the local priorities http://www.fairshare
Details The Fair Share Trust, part of the Fair Share Initiative was created to target areas throughout the UK that have previously received less then their 'fair share' of National Lottery funding. The focus of the programme is medium and longer term revenue projects, not short-term one-off projects, and grants of between £5,000 and £250,000 can be made to almost any kind of organisation including schools, as long as the work undertaken is not primarily for private gain or individual benefit.  Grants awarded must address the three wider aims of the programme, these are to build capacity, increase social capital and improve ‘liveability’ - and must also meet the local priorities set by the Local Panel.  Each of the Fair Share Trust areas have been given a specific amount of funding, in England this is £859,378k per area.  Previous projects funded include Kirton Lane Primary School, South Yorkshire, which received a grant of £35,000 to install play equipment in their playground to keep pupils healthy and active.                                                                                 
The People's Millions 2010 General Voluntary or community organisation, school, local authority or health body across the UK ITV regions http://www.peoples
Details The Big Lottery Fund has announced a new funding round under its People's Millions Initiative. Through the People’s Million's, BIG wants to fund projects that transform the local environment or provide opportunities or facilities to allow people to take part and enjoy their local area. BIG are particularly interested in supporting community-based projects that can show that they will increase community involvement or help people who are most in need. In 2010, a total of £3.8 million will be available to support up to 5 projects within each of the 18 ITV regions, plus 18 runners up. The maximum grant will be £50,000 plus VAT. Funding will be mainly for one of capital costs and could include improvements to land, for open spaces or allotments, other forms of landscaping, buying land or temporary buildings, construction work, improvements to access, fixtures and fittings and the purchase of equipment. 
B&Q Waste Donation Scheme General Stores, warehouses, community groups, charities and schools across the UK
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Details Schools, charities and community groups can apply for products and waste materials through the B&Q Waste Donate Scheme.  B&Q operates this Scheme through all of its stores within the UK. B&Q donates products and waste materials they have not been able to sell for re-use such as slightly damaged tins of paint, off-cuts of timber, odd rolls of wallpaper and end-of-range materials. Donated products should benefit the local community and the environment and cannot be resold. Due to its Health and Safety scheme, electrical, petrol and gas items are not available for donation. Applications must be made directly to B&Q stores.  Applications to the scheme can be made at any time.
British Council - Connecting Classrooms Global Perspective Open to any school in any participating country. Connecting Classrooms is currently available in the UK and over 70 countries around the world. http://www.british learning-
Details The British Council has announced that it now seeks applications from clusters of schools for its Connecting Classroom initiative. Connecting Classrooms is a global programme that creates partnerships between clusters of schools in the UK and around the world. These partnerships bring an international dimension to young people's learning, to improve their knowledge and understanding of other cultures and prepare them for life and work as global citizens. There is no joining fee and and participating schools and coordinating bodies can receive core grants to support activities that sustain their links. There are application deadlines throughout the year. Please check the website.
British Council - Global Curriculum Project Grants Global Perspective Partnerships between pre-schools, primary schools, middle schools, secondary schools, special schools and sixth form colleges can all apply. International schools in Southern countries are not eligible.
Details Global Curriculum Project grants enable well established partnerships to further develop joint curricular activities with a global dimension theme.  The funding helps cover travel costs of at least two teachers from each school to visit the partner school as well as project costs such as materials, training and supply cover. Equal numbers of staff must travel from each partner school.  The grant must be split between the partner schools to enable one visit to each school during each funding period. The visits are for teachers to develop joint activities which will help embed a global dimension in the mainstream curriculum of all schools in the partnership.
British Council - Lefevre Trust Global Perspective Applications for funding are accepted from the formal and non formal education sector across the UK for young people aged 11-19. http://www.british
Details The Lefevre Trust provides funding of up to £10,000 to support innovative projects between young people in France and the UK. It aims to improve understanding between the UK and France by enabling young people to visit a partner group and further develop a joint venture.  Grants will be awarded to cover mobility costs of both one way and reciprocal visits to France and its overseas departments that form part of a bilateral project. Projects must have specific aims and activities and work have a central theme such as language learning, culture and the arts, energy and the environment. 
British Council - Schools Linking Visits Grant scheme Global Perspective  The programme is open to headteachers and teaching or support staff from primary, secondary, special schools, sixth form colleges and FE colleges in England and Wales. http://www.british
Details Schools within England and Wales that have existing partnerships with schools overseas can apply for funding through the British Council's Schools Linking visits grant scheme.The funding exists to help the development of strategic area links. An area link may be between a local authority, an education action zone, a cluster of schools working with an equivalent grouping overseas. The maximum grant for a European visit is £500 per person, the maximum for a long haul visit is £1000 per person. 
Daiwa Foundation Global Perspective The Foundation awards grants to individuals and institutions in the UK and Japan in all areas of the visual and performing arts, the humanities, the social sciences, science and engineering, mathematics, business studies.  http://www.dajf.
Details The Daiwa Foundation is a grant giving charity that promotes links between the UK and Japan. The size of grants available range from £1000 to £15000 and can cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, collaborative projects between British and Japanese researchers in the field of science and other projects and events that fulfil objectives of the Foundation. Check the website for the next application deadline. 
DFID - Global Schools Partnership Programme Global Perspective The GSP offers support and guidance to teachers and grants to schools to make the most out of a school partnership as a learning tool. It aims to support 5,000 UK school partnerships by March 2012.
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Details Global School Partnerships is funded by UKaid from the Department for International Development (DFID) and run by The British Council, Cambridge Education Foundation, UK One World Linking Association and Voluntary Service Overseas. It is designed to strengthen a school’s capacity to adopt a ‘whole school approach’ to global education, through an active partnership with a school in a developing country.  
Specialist Schools and Academies Trust - Teachers International Professional Development Programme Global Perspective Classroom teachers in nursery, primary and secondary schools that already have an existing link with a school overseas, and wish to develop the partnership further through a study visit http://info.specialist
Details  Funding is available for travel costs, travel insurance, accommodation, a daily subsistence allowance and for the provision of necessary transport at visit destinations. 
UK - German Challenge Fund Global Perspective Primary, secondary schools and FE colleges as well as youth groups in the UK and Germany are able to apply for funding support through the UK - German Challenge Fund.  http://www.ukgerman
Details This is a new fund to develop curriculur and extra curriculur projects between UK and German schools and youth groups that encourage young people to pick a topic or subject of their choice and explore it in an international context, take a fresh look at cross or extra curriculur project work, take an active role in practical hands on team venture and work together towards a concrete outcome, product or event of thier choice. Grants provided through the UK - German Challenge fund cover project resources, joint activities and reciprocal partner visits. The Challenge Fund provides grants of normally 50% towards the overall costs. Grants do not exceed £5000.
Achievers International  Global Perspective A group of students and their teacher form a company, and import and export goods with a partner school overseas. http://www.achievers
Details Students gain an insight into how businesses are formed and managed, and increase their awareness and understanding of other cultures and citizenship. It provides a practical learning context for teaching business studies and modern languages, and promotes the development of ICT skills. Provides opportunities to trade jewellery, stationery, craft gifts, toys, sweets, etc...
The International School Award Global Perspective Open to all schools, free of charge - which recognises curriculum-based international work.
Details The ISA offers:
A framework within which to form and develop international partnerships and achieve curriculum goals
Ideas for developing collaborative curriculum-based international work with partner schools
Recognition for teachers and their schools that instill a global dimension into the learning experience of all children and young people
Opportunities to raise the school's profile through local and national media coverage 
Support for delivering on the Sustainable School agenda.
Football Foundation - Facilities Grant Healthy Living / School Grounds Schools as well as other educational establishments, local authorities and other not-for-profit organisations are able to apply for funding through the Football Foundations Facilities Grant scheme to build develop and/or refurbish facilities in order to sustain and/or increase participation in football and other sporting activities.  Some restricts for Wales.
Details The facilities scheme gives grants for projects that Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities, sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability and help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport. 

Funding can be provided for:
• grass pitches drainage/improvements
• pavilions, clubhouses and changing rooms
• artificial turf pitches and multi-use games areas
• fixed floodlights for artificial pitches.
The Foundation will usually fund up to 50% of eligible costs but can in exceptional
circumstances fund up to 90% of eligible project costs.  The maximum grant available is £1m.
Supergrounds School Grounds Over six years, 900 primary schools from around the UK will have the opportunity to transform their existing school grounds into attractive and stimulating places where children can learn and play in safety. Schools cannot apply directly but must be nominated by a Royal Bank of Scotland group employee. www.rbssuper
Details Supergrounds is a £6 million community investment programme, funded by the Royal Bank of Scotland group (Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, Ulster Bank or other RBS group company) and delivered through Learning through Landscape, that helps primary schools improve their school grounds. Schools that win a Supergrounds award will receive a package of support worth £7,000 including:
• Supergrounds cash award of £4,000
• 4 days of a Supergrounds Project Advisor's time
• A Supergrounds Project Guide & Membership to the Supergrounds Learning Network
• 'Create your Playground' Teaching Resource. 
Tesco Charity Trust Community Award Scheme School Grounds Children, the elderly and adults and children with disabilities, living in the local communities around our stores in the UK.
Details Provides one off donations between £1000 and £4000. Examples include Playground equipment and outdoor classrooms. There are four rounds of funding each year.
The B&Q One Planet Living Grants School Grounds / Energy Applications submitted must be from a school, registered charitable organisation or other recognised community group across the UK.
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Details Through the OPL Grant scheme schools, community groups and charitable organisations can apply to their local B&Q store for funding to support a local community project. Projects must support at least one of the following themes:                                                                                   

  • Save energy;
  • Conserve nature;
  • Support local culture & heritage;
  • Grow your own.
The scheme provides £50 to £250 (at retail cost) of B&Q materials, for example, pond liners, plants, peat-free compost for projects such as a pond/wildlife garden or paints labelled low or minimal VOC for redecoration projects.
Forest Education Initiative Partnership Fund Biodiversity / School Grounds Only established FEI clusters can apply. http://www.forest local_
Details The aim of the fund is to help develop among young people a greater understanding of trees, woodlands, forest management, forest products and wood as a sustainable resource. The Partnership Fund can provide grants of between £500 and £5000 for specific activities, the type of activities that can be funded include: training for teachers (e.g. teachers workshops) educational visits and creating facilities in woodlands for education, educational projects in schools, practical projects (in and out) of school involving children, case studies about woodland management or wood use and the development and production of materials for educational use by teachers or children.  There are three funding rounds a year with closing dates.
WLGA - CLILC Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru / Welsh Assembly Government