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Community Environment Fund

The Year of the Environment in 2019 was a success for the Liverpool City Region with the Metro Mayor pledging £500,000 for community environment projects.

Community Environment Fund

The Year of the Environment in 2019 was a success for the Liverpool City Region with the Metro Mayor pledging £500,000 for community environment projects.

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During the COVID lockdown there’s been a renewed sense of community, with many residents starting projects to improve where they live.

What is the Community Environment Fund?

The Year of the Environment in 2019 was a success for the Liverpool City Region, with the Metro Mayor pledging £500,000 for community environment projects to continue the momentum.  The importance of this fund has been emphasised during the COVID pandemic; many people appreciating natural spaces, starting projects to green where they live and renewing their sense of community.

As a result, the Community Environment Fund (the fund) has been set up to aid a green recovery by assisting organisations to expand their good work and to support communities to engage in a range of environmental activities.  To build back greener, reshaping our economy and society in a way that is greener, fairer and more inclusive.

The fund aims to:

  • Improve the environment in the Liverpool City Region (LCR).
  • Encourage long-term behavioural change.
  • Promote community engagement and participation in environmental projects.

The fund will support a wide range of projects covering the following themes:

  • Climate change and resilience
  • Air quality and transport
  • Water
  • Accessible green spaces, habitats and biodiversity
  • Waste and resources
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Carbon and environment literacy
  • Energy reduction
  • Food and agriculture

How much funding is available?

A total of £500,000 is available, this is split into three streams as follows:

Stream 1: LCR-wide projects across any or several of the environmental themes, with benefits across the City Region (i.e. two or more authority areas).

Projects that enhance or encourage carbon literacy, communication and engagement are particularly welcomed.

Applicants able to apply for £20,000 to £50,000.

Stream 2: Focussed projects that may target the achievement of specific environmental initiatives across a defined area such as a single authority area.

Applicants able to apply for £5,000 to £20,000.

Stream 3: Community projects to achieve environmental benefits in a specific area of the LCR, such as a school, local park or street.

Applicants able to apply for £300 to £1,500.

Who can apply?


The fund is available to a wide range of not-for-profit groups, including charities, schools or college, faith groups, residents’ associations or ‘friends of’ groups.

Timescales


Applications for Streams 1 and 2 open on Monday 5th October and will close on Monday 2nd November 2020 at 9am.

Stream 3 applications open on Monday 19th October and will close on Monday 23rd November at 9am.

Supporting Documents

CEF Application Guidance
(PDF Document)

CEF Project Plan Template
(Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet)

CEF Financial Breakdown
(Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet)

CEF Application Guidance – Stream 3
(PDF Document)

CEF Postcode Checker
(Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet)

CEF Grant Funding Agreement
(PDF Document)

CEF Fair Processing Notice
(PDF Document)

CEF Grant Funding Agreement – Stream 3
(PDF Document)

Area Score Maps

CEF Halton Area Map
(PDF Document)

CEF Knowsley Area Map
(PDF Document)

CEF Liverpool Area Map
(PDF Document)

CEF Sefton Area Map
(PDF Document)

CEF St Helens Area Map
(PDF Document)

CEF Wirral Area Map
(PDF Document)

Application Form for Streams 1 and 2


PLEASE NOTE: Before applying, please read the Application Guidance.

Application Form for Stream 3


PLEASE NOTE: Before applying, please read the Stream 3 Application Guidance.

FAQ’s

I want to apply to the fund on behalf of 7 social housing community groups who all want to complete a project on their roads.  Do we all have to apply separately for stream funding or can we apply as one group in stream 2?

You all can apply as a group for stream 2 funding if the project is the same and the total amount is within the stream’s limits.  The groups can also apply for stream 3 funding if the project is distinctly different to the stream 2 project.

If you are administering the money on their behalf, as they have not been established for a year and cannot provide 3 months of bank statements, there is not a limit on the number of applications you make as the accountable body.  If you are a partner in the project, you can only apply for a maximum of 2 grants.

Part of my project/organisation is based outside of the city region; can I still apply?

Yes you can still apply, but the majority of the project must take place in the LCR.  If your organisation is based outside of the LCR, you can still apply.

I have more than one project in mind, how many applications can I make?

You can make a maximum of 2 applications with a combined total up to £70,000.

We want to apply for 2 projects but the total for each project is less than £5,000 and the projects don’t fit into Stream 3 criteria, what do we do?

You can combine the projects into one application and apply to Stream 2.

The fund will cover staff salaries and volunteer expenses, up to 50% of the project value.  Do specialist fees, such as external trainers, come within the staff wages or are they in addition and covered by the specialist fees?

Specialist fees to pay contactors, such as freelance trainers, are in addition to staff wages and volunteer expenses, and so you can apply to have both funded.  We can only cover staff wages etc that directly relate to the project and to a maximum of 50% of the project value.

To receive funding, all projects need to be new or a significant improvement, such as a new training workshop or extending a training programme to new schools/community groups.

How much money is available for me to apply for?

The total amount for all projects is £500,000.

Stream 1 projects will receive £20,000-£50,000.

Stream 2 projects will receive £5,000-£20,000.

Stream 3 projects will receive £300-£1,500.

Each organisation can make a maximum of 2 applications with a combined total up to £70,000.

The guidance says the site must be publicly accessible. Our project will improve school grounds, is this considered publicly accessible?

Yes, the school grounds are.  Other examples of publicly accessible sites are church yards, alleyways and other sites by appointment such as a community park.

When will I find out if I’ve been successful?

All applicants will be notified if they have been successful by the end of January 2021.

If I’m successful, when do I receive the money?

For Stream 1 and 2, 50% of the grant will be paid following the return of a signed Grant Funding Agreement, and 50% will be paid upon completion of your project.

For Stream 3, 100% of the funds will be paid upfront following the return of a signed Grant Funding Agreement.

We want to run face-to-face workshops, but we don’t know how COVID will affect the training next year.

In the risk section of the application form, you will need to consider how your project might be affected by possible future COVID restrictions.  Consider if the workshops can be taught to smaller groups over a longer period, can a website be developed instead or be taught through videos, or a combination of methods.

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