Our Local Nature Grants

Congratulations to all our successful grant applications for Our Local Nature grant scheme 2022.

Published on 3rd March 2023

We had over 60 applications from all over the UK this year and have awarded £6000 to 7 local organisations including Ulapool Sea Savers all the way up in the North West Highlands of Scotland.

The Our Local Nature grant scheme is designed to provide young people with an opportunity to take the lead on projects that involve their local nature and natural spaces, to aid young people in realising their influence, to have their voices heard, and see their ideas come to life.

We therefore fund innovative projects that are designed and led by young people in the UK.

Adult applicants develop their proposal alongside young people, and the projects seek to empower local young people to enact changes they want to see, increasing access to natural spaces and improving understanding of the local biodiversity.

Each grant can apply for up to £1000 for a project or towards a larger project. This grant is purposefully broad and welcomes novel ideas. A great example from this year’s grants was the Ullapool Sea Savers

The Ullapool Sea Savers (USS) is a group of passionate, articulate, well-informed and dedicated young people from Ullapool, Scotland.

We have come together to raise awareness of the challenges facing our local marine environment and to celebrate and promote all that is wonderful about the sea around where we live.

"Each year that we do them, we see more people from the community engaging in cleaning the places that they can reach - sometimes in areas where they need us to come and uplift the waste because it is too far from land-based transport. By doing more cleans in 2023, we will be building this legacy of community engagement further for future years – Ulapool Sea Savers"

Leeds City College and Harrogate College - Leeds

We are funding the establishment of a community ‘garden of sanctuary’, which will be developed by students at the colleges, particularly their English as a second language (ESOL) students, as well as local refugees and asylum seekers.

“This social enterprise empowers school and college communities to grow their own food and learn about the crucial role fungi play in the natural environment.”

If you are interested in applying for Our Nature Local Grant for 2023 keep an eye on our website for when we will be opening applications.