Funding for Woodlands

biodiversityAchieving No Net Loss of Biodiversity on the Greater West Programme

The Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE2) and Network Rail are working together to offer an exciting funding opportunity for biodiversity in Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

Network Rail Infrastructure Projects (IP), the division responsible for delivering railway upgrades, is committed to a “measurable net positive contribution towards biodiversity in the UK”. No Net Loss to Biodiversity on the Greater West Programme (TGWP) is a pilot project, putting principle into practice by compensating for unavoidable habitat loss (mainly young semi-natural woodland and some scrub) during the electrification programme.

Although scrub, grassland and other low-lying habitats will grow back where trees have been removed, there has been some unavoidable loss to biodiversity.  Funding is available for the creation and improvement of similar habitats to those that have been lost, including funds for up to three years aftercare, in the vicinity of the railway line, a process known as “biodiversity offsetting”.  This is a voluntary commitment by Network Rail, not bound to any planning obligations or client requirements.

Independent environmental funder TOE2 is working with Network Rail to deliver No Net Loss (NNL) funding in Oxfordshire and Berkshire.  TOE2 is a charity supporting local environmental projects, offering expertise in identifying and running projects effectively. Although TOE2 is Oxfordshire based, projects in Berkshire and Oxfordshire are being invited to apply for this funding.  The programme is to be delivered over a four-year period. Projects are expected between the range of £10,000 and £100,000.

What biodiversity projects are eligible?

  • Creating new woodland, providing better links and connectivity between woodlands, and enhancing existing woodland and scrub mosaic; other habitats could also be considered if in close proximity to the railway line
  • Orchards, hedgerows and trees outside of woodlands are eligible
  • Preference for large projects (e.g. 5ha woodland enhancement or 10ha new woodland planting) or clusters of smaller projects (e.g. five 1 ha sites)
  • Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) can be considered
  • A key aim is to improve good quality areas by making them bigger and better connected to other wildlife sites and to improve the quality of existing habitats, in line with the Oxfordshire State of Nature Report ( and Berkshire’s Biodiversity Action Plan 2014-2020 (
  • Projects need to ensure lasting benefits to wildlife habitats, at least 30 years and beyond

Where can projects be supported?

The projects should be as local as possible to the railway line within the following local authority areas:

  • Oxford City
  • South Oxfordshire
  • Vale of White Horse
  • West Berkshire
  • Reading Borough
  • Wokingham Borough
  • Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

     What is the timeframe?

  • The programme will be delivered over a four-year period
  • Stage 1 applications (outline project proposals) will be welcome from September 2017
  • Next Stage 1 application deadlines are 5th February and 9th April 2018

Who can apply?

  • Parish councils and other local authorities, local charities, not-for-profit organisations, and landowners
  • A collaboration of organisations would bring strength to a project

How will the process work?

  • TOE2 will reach out to potential applicants and promote the scheme
  • Stage 1 outline project proposals will be submitted to Network Rail at
  • Network Rail will review the Stage 1 proposals and draw up a shortlist, in collaboration with TOE2
  • Shortlisted projects will be invited to submit a Stage 2 detailed application to TOE2
  • TOE2 will process Stage 2 applications, organise assessments and consider them at quarterly Grant Panel meetings

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Funding news – January 2018

Building a Stronger Britain Together 

Grant applications for Round 3 of the BSBT programme are now open.

The call for grant funding is open from Monday 15 January 2018 at 3pm until Friday 16 February 2018 at 5pm.

Berkshire Community Foundation and UK Community Foundations are partnering with advertising agency M&C Saatchi to deliver over £1 million in grants as part of a major Home Office initiative to counter extremism.

The ‘Building a Stronger Britain Together’ programme will support civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative.

Applications should be aligned with one or more of the following outcomes:

  • fewer people holding attitudes, beliefs and feelings that oppose shared values
  • an increased sense of belonging and civic participation at the local level
  • more resilient communities.

Grants of up to £50,000 available (depending on the size of the organisation). For more details and to apply, please click here.

Community Share Booster Programme Opens in England

Local groups that need ‘an extra boost’ to set up or grow a community business in England can seek support from this £3 million programme which runs until 2020.

The £3 million Booster Programme, which is expected to run over a five year period (2017-2022), is provided by Power to Change and run by the Community Shares Unit, a joint initiative between Co-operatives UK and Locality.

The programme’s objectives are to help disadvantaged and under-represented communities develop successful community businesses, especially in under-represented trade sectors, and financed through community share offers based on new forms of investment proposition, institutional support, and business appraisal methodologies.

Community businesses are organisations rooted in a local area, run by and answerable to members of the community, and which make a trading profit to re-invest in doing more social good. There are already 7,000 community businesses in England, doing everything from planning new affordable homes to reviving struggling local pubs.

The programme offers successful applicants a business development support grant of up to £10,000 in advance of launching their community share offer. After that, their organisation could have access to up to £100,000 match funding when the share offer goes live. Match funding will be in the form of equity held on equal terms with other community shareholders.

Commenting on the programme, Locality’s CEO Tony Armstrong said:

“Community Shares harness the power and spirit of enterprise in communities – showing the power of community action to financially support great ideas and inspirational projects. We welcome this new investment to boost community shares so that more people can come together to develop new projects, benefit local economies and thriving communities.”

There is a two stage application process. The first stage is to submit an online expression of interest. These can be submitted at any time from now until December 2020.

Full details can be found on the Power to Share website.

Angling Improvement Fund

£400,000 of fishing licence income is being made available to angling clubs and fisheries through the Angling Improvement Fund.

The money will be used to help fund general fishery improvements, measures to control predation and for coach training bursaries. A small number of grants will also be offered to established charities, projects and health providers to support angling initiatives that promote health, wellbeing and social inclusion in older people.

The Angling Trust, which administers the fund in partnership with the Environment Agency is seeking applications by January 25th 2018 under the following themes:

  • Fish protection and predation management
    Up to 20 projects will be funded for work such as installation of otter-proof fencing and measures to combat over-predation of fish stocks by fish-eating birds. Awards in excess of £5,000 will be considered where the applicant is able to commit a comparable amount of match-funding.
  • More coaches
    About 40 bursaries of up to £2,500 per organisation will go to clubs, fisheries, local authorities, schools and projects to fund the cost of coach training and to help pay for equipment and other costs associated with running coached sessions. Organisations submitting an application for coach training bursaries will also be encouraged to apply for places on the following training events:
  • Inclusive coaching: disability
  • How to deliver engaging sessions
  • Spring maintenance and fishery improvements
  • Health benefits for older people
    Applications, completed using the new online application tool, must be submitted by mid-day on Thursday, 25th January, 2018.

The Royal British Legion’s External Grants programme

The Royal British Legion’s External Grants programme is open to applications from organisations running, or planning, charitable activities in support of the Armed Forces community.
Applications for projects supporting the following outcome themes will be prioritised:

  • Employment and training
  • Family support
  • Homelessness and outreach
  • Supporting the elderly

Please note that the Legion is not inviting applications for multi-year funding at this time. Applications will only be considered for ‘one off’ payments. Continuation funding may be applied for in following years.
The typical grant award is not likely to exceed £50,000 – smaller applications are encouraged.

Garfield Western Anniversary Fund

In celebration of their 60th anniversary The Garfield Weston Foundation has launched a new one-off fund of £5million to support Capital projects to provide new or improved facilities for local communities across the UK.  The Fund will close for applications on 30th June 2018 and the guidelines can be found via this link for your info and so they are easy for you to forward on to groups in your area. Charities will find more information on a dedicated GW anniversary website, where there is also a specific section on the fund –

Funding available as:

  • One-off grants scheme in 2018 to support Capital projects to benefit local communities across the UK.
  • Open to UK registered charities, places of worship and state schools only.
  • Grants range from £30,000-£150,000.
  • Simple online application process.
  • Applications are now open and close on 30th June 2018.
  • You can still apply to the Fund even if your organisation is currently in receipt of a grant from, or has been rejected by, the Garfield Weston Foundation within the past 12 months.
  • One application only accepted to the Weston Anniversary Fund per organisation.
  • If relevant, planning permission must be secured prior to our closing date of the 30th June 2018.

Grants must be spent and projects completed by 31st December 2020.

The Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation

The Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation (PPCF) is a grant giving trust with Quaker family roots in the United Kingdom.  We aim to contribute to the development of a just society based on a commitment to nonviolence and environmental sustainability.  Our priority is to address systemic threats by seeking to change policy and attitudes at a national or European level.  In order to do this, in the limited areas described below we support projects that seek to influence values and attitudes, promote equity and social justice, and develop radical alternatives to current economic and social structures.

What We Fund

Peace and Sustainable Security
We support the development of ways of resolving violent conflicts peacefully, and of addressing their underlying causes.

Environmental Sustainability
We support work that addresses the pressures and conditions that risk global environmental breakdown.
We support the work of UK registered charitable NGOs.

We also support organisations or projects that are not UK registered charities if they can indicate a UK registered charity that is able to receive funds on their behalf.

We usually give grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 per year, for up to three years.  We usually support organisations for whom this would represent between 3% and 50% of their annual income (organisations with an annual income of between £10,000 and £500,000 approximately).

The Idlewild Trust

The Idlewild Trust was founded in 1974 and awards grants of up to £5,000 to UK registered charities working in two areas: Arts and Conservation

Aim: We want to improve opportunities for young professionals working creatively in the arts at an early stage in their careers.
How: We consider programmes that encourage and nurture the talent of young professional musicians, dancers, actors, writers and artists in the performing, fine and applied arts aged 18 and over. Programmes need to be run by professional organisations that are UK registered charities with a strong track-record. Programmes need to involve young professionals with training or experience who will then be ready to launch or develop their early professional career.

Aim: We support the conservation of important works of art and objects that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works.
How: We consider projects that aim to conserve historic or artistically important objects and works of art including artefacts, textiles, furniture, metalwork, manuscripts,  wall paintings, tombs and stained glass of high quality.  Works must be in museums, galleries, places of worship, and historic buildings or their grounds, and be accessible to the public.

Conservation Reports need to be completed and available before you apply to us. An accredited conservator will need to undertake the conservation work and we ask about your plans for care of the work after it is conserved. We also ask that your organisation owns the object or work of art. Organisations must be UK registered charities or some specific Exempt and Excepted Charities.

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust funds United Kingdom Registered Charities operating in the UK in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement.

The majority of the Trust’s grants are single grants over a one-year period.   Occasionally longer-term grants (usually up to 3 years) are agreed by the Trustees when deemed to have particular merit.
The Trustees will consider applications for core costs or projects, and they also consider applications for matched funding.

Do you have application deadlines?
The Trustees meet three times a year, usually in March, July and November to agree awards. Please apply in plenty of time, especially if funding is required by a certain date – our application process can take between three and six months depending on when you submit your application. The next grant-making meeting takes place on 21st March 2018 and, for this meeting, applications will close on 14th February 2018.

What size of grant do you give?
Our grant range is usually within £500 – £5,000.

Information courtesy of Slough CVS, ACRE, Berkshire Community Foundation &

Update on the CCB Family Energy Education and Advice Project

Helen Dean, Project Co-ordinator at CCB, is funded by Scottish Power Energy People Trust to deliver advice sessions to low income families in Berkshire as well as to front-line workers who support low income families.

Helen is always zipping up and down the county to Slough, Bracknell, Wokingham, Windsor & Maidenhead and West Berkshire ensuring those most at need receive this valuable advice and support that can make a real difference to their household bills.

The below gives a brief example of the people that Helen supports during an average week;

Homestart Bracknell Volunteers & Bracknell Children Centre

Homestart Bracknell Volunteers & Bracknell Children Centre Staff

“This week I trained 22 Homestart Volunteers, Bracknell Children’s Centre staff and members of Bracknell Family Intervention team at the Homestart team meeting this Monday, 15.1.18. I would like to thank Homestart manager Tessa Dove for extending the invitation to the training to partners that Homestart work with.”

A Homestart volunteer that Helen trained said “I found it interesting to know what services are out there, and pass on all the information to not only my families (that I support), but also my family and friends.”

Those trained  at this one session said they would be able to pass on the information, advice and guidance to an estimated 102 families they support in the next six months.

Talk to Mother & Baby Group at The Curve Slough Jan 2018

Mothers & babies at The Curve, Slough Library

Also in the last week Helen visited the Curve at Slough Library and gave a talk to a mother & baby group ran by Slough Health Visitors and Nursery Nurses. One of the mums who was at the baby group at The Curve said after the talk: “ I never thought I could save money by switching. I will be looking into comparing costs this evening”.

If you are interested in Helen coming to train your staff on advice and guidance on reducing home energy costs, and benefits that are available to low income families and vulnerable individuals, please contact CCB on 0118 9612000 or email

LOOK OUT FOR  our Tweets and money saving advice as it is Big Energy Savings Week next week (22nd – 25th Janaury)

NEW FREE Training Event: Emergency First Aid & Defibrillator

HeartStart - image 1-COLLAGENEW FREE Training Event: Emergency First Aid & Defibrillator

CCB is facilitating an Emergency First Aid and Defibrillator meetings, run by HeartStart Thatcham which will be held on Thursday 22nd March at Woolhampton village hall from 7pm -9.30pm.

This meeting is the first of three being funded with a grant from Scottish and Southern Energy Electricity Networks Resilient Communities Fund. It is also supported by West Berkshire Council Adult and Community Learning Fund.

It is particularly aimed at people living in villages in Berkshire who may need these skills if an emergency occurred and medical help was delayed in arriving due to bad weather eg. snow, flooding

To book a place, which is free of charge, please use the link

Calling all Berkshire Village Halls and Community Buildings – Help CCB celebrate the first ever Village Hall week 22 – 25 January.

Village Hall CollageCCB, as a member of the ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) network, is supporting the first ever Village Hall week during the week of 22 – 25 January and would encourage all Berkshire Village Halls and Community Buildings to get involved and take part. This is a fantastic opportunity to show case the important work Village Halls play in bringing communities together.

Find out more about Village Hall week and the exciting activities the ACRE network have organised to launch it by clicking here:

To help promote and celebrate village halls and community buildings, email a short paragraph about your village hall, a picture that shows its vibrancy and a link to its website and facebook page if it has one and we will post this on social media (facebook/ twitter) during the Village Hall Week.

Share with us information about what your hall provides to the community, a unique service or activity, or from a user’s perspective what having a hall means to them. We will use the #VillageHallWeek hashtag, tag your organisation and include links in our posts to share your news as widely as we can, telling as many people as possible about your amazing hall. This is a great marketing opportunity and we look forward to hearing from you and all that you do for your community!