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Community Foundation: Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF)







The fund exists to help people to deliver projects in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland that tackle environmental issues in their local area.

Projects should have very clear environmental focus, but should also show how they have a positive impact on the quality of life of communities, particularly in areas of severe environmental and economic hardship. Applications should 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

Priority in 2017/18 will be given to applications covering one or more of the following specific environmental themes:

  • Pollution and litter
  • Woodlands and trees
  • Sustainable transport (e.g. walking and cycling schemes)

Grant size:  Grants of between £500 and £20,000 are available to voluntary and community organisations for revenue and/or capital projects in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Occasionally grants may be made over more than one year.

Deadline:  Applications for amounts up to £2,000 can be submitted at any time under a fast track system, and do not have to wait for a specific funding deadline in order to apply.

Applications for funding between £2,000 and £20,000 will be considered twice a year in September and March only. Deadlines for applications are 1 August and 1 February. Applicants are advised if successful within 1 month of these meetings.

Application process: Community Foundation website