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Climate and Ecological Emergency Fund

The Council is inviting applications for funding for small projects that support climate change and ecological benefits in the community.

A one-off Climate and Ecological Emergency Fund of £50,000 has been agreed

What will we fund?

Small projects that support climate change and ecological objectives in Mendip. Projects that demonstrate collaborative working and wider benefits across parishes, towns and localities will be considered favourably.

Funded projects will be required to have a significant impact on net-carbon emissions and/or ecological benefits in the community. Projects are likely to have community co-benefits but will be judged on the contribution towards the MDC-declared 2030 Climate Emergency target.

Large impacts for longer timeframes are favoured, though all appropriate projects will be considered. Suitable areas for projects include transport (greater use of active or public transport, lessening need for cars), renewable energy, energy efficiency of buildings, low carbon economy, reduced waste (e.g. repair and share), food and land use (sustainable food production, tree planting), education and information.

How much will we fund?

Grants will be given up to £2,000

Funding bids will only be accepted for projects up to £2,000. If the project involves funding beyond a one-off payment, information will be required as to how this will be raised to ensure long-term viability of the project.

Who can apply for money?

  • registered charity or charitable incorporated organisation
  • community group with a constitution and a bank account
  • schools ( including Academies )
  • City/Town/Parish Councils
  • community interest companies
  • community benefit society
  • social Enterprises
  • village hall committees
  • recognised places of worship if they are accessible to all

While we can give money to a statutory organisation, like a parish council or a school, we can't support statutory duties.

Your group must have a:

  • governing document or set of rules
  • committee of at least three unrelated people
  • bank account in its name
  • safeguarding policy if your work needs one.

Who can't apply for money?

We will not give money to:

  • individuals or sole traders
  • national organisations and groups based outside of Mendip
  • activities that have already taken place or purchases that you have already made
  • groups that give money to another group, rather than spend it on their own activities
  • groups that have more than 12 months running costs in free reserves
  • the promotion of religion
  • activities that are about animal welfare.

What will happen to my application?

The initial assessment of applications will be against a criteria checklist, followed by a points-based and cross-checked analysis of the information provided by applicants on the application form and attached documents. 

Applications which have passed the criteria checklist and reached a satisfactory score on the points-based assessment will be further considered by a cross party panel consisting of Members of the Council and SPARK.  The panel will then determine whether funds are awarded.

The closing date for applications is 30th September 2021 at midnight.  Please submit your application and supporting documentation to Climate and Ecological Emergency Fund.  Please note we will not be able to consider applications that do not have the required supporting documents.

How do I apply for money?

You can apply for money by completing the application form, when applying please also look at the frequently asked questions, guidance and checklist documents before submitting your application.  

Icon for pdf Climate and Ecological Emergency Fund Guidance [205.92KB]
Icon for pdf Climate and Ecological Emergency Fund FAQs [173.18KB]
Icon for word Climate and Ecological Emergency Fund checklist [155KB]
Icon for word Climate and Ecological Emergency Fund Application [202.35KB] 

Complete your application and submit with any supporting documentation to Climate and Ecological Emergency Fund

If you have any issues accessing the documents please contact Climate and Ecological Emergency Fund and we will be able to help.