Grants up to £20,000 available for small environmental charities struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic

The John Spedan Lewis Foundation has opened a Covid-19 UK Emergency Fund for small environmental charities in the UK that are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

With a closing date for applications of Sunday 14 June, grants of up to £20,000 are available.

The Foundation will prioritise those applications where the funding will make a significant improvement to the charity’s solvency and ability to operate over the next 3-12 months.

It will accept funding applications from UK registered charities for which natural history topics and horticulture are explicitly stated among their charitable purposes. These can include wildlife conservation, entomology and ornithology. Horticulture is also included and horticultural charities will need to evidence how activities directly benefit UK wildlife (for example, wildlife habitat creation and increased insect food sources).