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environmental conservation

Community Foundation: 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.

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

The fund is most interested in projects that can show that they will make a demonstrable change and immediate impact on the environment, but 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.

The Fund is 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.

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

Deadline:  You can apply any time.

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Woodroffe Benton Trust






The Foundation provides grants of £500 to £2,500 to charitable organisations for the following:

  • Relief of persons in need, hardship or distress by reason of disaster or as a consequence of social or economic circumstance.
  • Provision / maintenance of care and accommodation for the sick and elderly.
  • Promotion of education (in particular within the Derbyshire region).
  • Environmental conservation / preservation / protection / improvement – in particular where this would encourage the provision of access by members of the general public.

The Trustees prefer to support smaller charities since modest donations are capable of providing potentially greater benefit. They also prefer to contribute to core operating costs rather than to a specific project where the funding will be legally “restricted” or to capital expenditure – applications in this latter category are, however, not excluded.

Deadline: Trustees meet quarterly in January, April, July and October. The deadline is normally six weeks prior to the meeting (applications received after the deadline are automatically held over for consideration at the next meeting).

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