£10,000 extra funding available for communities helping to tackle the climate emergency in South Hams

South Hams District Council, through its declaration of a Climate Change and Biodiversity Emergency, joined forces with Crowdfunder to encourage and support projects and ideas that helped the District become carbon neutral, improved its biodiversity and created climate resilient communities.

Find out more about the fund  below.

About this fund

Inactive South Hams Climate Action And Biodiversity Fund
South Hams Climate Action and Biodiversity Fund
Get up to £10,000

Funding is available for up to £5,000, or £10,000 in exceptional cases

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project and, if eligible, you'll be prompted to apply.


If your project meets the criteria set out below, you can apply for a match fund pledge of between 20% and 50% of your crowdfunding target, up to a maximum of £5,000, although for exceptional projects that offer a larger impact across the district we may consider pledging up to £10,000.

South Hams District Council will consider pledging towards crowdfunding targets as follows:

  • Up to 50% for constituted community groups and Town and Parish Councils
  • Up to 30% for registered not-for-profit organisations
  • Up to 20% for incorporated locally based for-profit organisations

How it works:

  • You must first demonstrate strong local support by getting to 25% of your crowdfunding target from a minimum of 25 unique supporters before being considered.
  • If you receive a pledge from South Hams Climate Action and Biodiversity Fund, but the amount does not take you to your crowdfund target, you must continue crowdfunding until you’ve reached your target.

Your project will need to support our Climate Change and Biodiversity Strategy through one of the following:

  • Reducing carbon emissions from households, businesses or organisations, including community and voluntary groups.
  • Creating new opportunities for renewable energy - Higher levels of match funding will be considered for projects providing innovative solutions for heat decarbonisation such as district energy networks.
  • Supporting behaviour change and sustainable living.
  • Projects which will result in removal of carbon from the atmosphere through nature-based solutions or supporting improvements in biodiversity.
  • Providing education and awareness of the Climate and Ecological emergency through direct engagement with hard-to-reach groups and individuals.
  • Projects which aim to help communities and species adapt to the effects of Climate Change.
  • Projects to help reduce organisational carbon footprints, this could include feasibility studies, action plans and emissions studies - (not open to for-profit organisations).

South Hams Climate Action and Biodiversity Fund pledges are subject to further conditions. Please read the fund terms and conditions before submitting an application.

Crowdfunding in 60 seconds

Got a minute to spare? Watch our 'how it works' animation. You'll get a brief overview of how crowdfunding works and what extra support, services and money that only Crowdfunder can give you.

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How +Extra funding works

start crowdfunding

Start a project

Start a new project on Crowdfunder, tell us the basics and a rough outline of your story. Then we can show you funds that you may be eligible for.

Get the word out

Apply for funding

You can then choose to make an application for a relevant fund. If a partner likes your project, they may agree to support it.

Get funded

Start crowdfunding

Start raising money from the crowd and once you reach an agreed percentage of your target, one of our partners could boost your total with a large donation.

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