The Sustainable Hertfordshire Fund
Get up to £5,000
Up to £5,000 available to support community projects to become carbon neutral and tackle climate change.
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 idea or project meets the following criteria you can apply for match funds up to 50% of your crowdfunding target (max. £5,000).
The Sustainable Hertfordshire fund pledges will be allocated once your project has reached a minimum of 25% of your crowdfunding target from a minimum of 15 unique backers.
The project must:
- Be local to Hertfordshire and benefit people who live or work in the county
- Be inclusive and accessible to everyone
- Have strong local support shown through a vibrant crowdfunding campaign
- Be completed within a year of the grant being awarded unless otherwise agreed
- Meet at least one of the desirable criteria
If you are approved for funding, you will need to continue crowdfunding to meet your initial target. You will also be required to sign a Grant Acceptance agreement.Eligible organisations
Your project will need to support Hertfordshire County Council’s climate emergency response by supporting one or more of the following:
- Enabling your community to reduce their carbon emissions through better energy choices
- Supporting your community to understand and tackle the effects of climate change
- Improving the natural environment and protecting wildlife in your community
- Reducing pollution and improving air quality
- Making new connections – such as engaging with people who would not normally be involved in sustainability issues.
- Being more active – such as encouraging people to get more active than they normally would be or try a new activity.
- Learning – such as developing new skills or delivering a programme of education.
- Volunteering – giving people an opportunity to engage with their local community through volunteering.
- Not-for-profit voluntary and community organisations
- Your organisation must be properly constituted with appropriate governance and policy documents and a management committee
- Your bank account should be in the name of the organisation with a minimum of two cheque signatories.
- Produce a brief final project summary (a simple template will be provided)
- Produce evidence of eligible expenditure if requested, e.g. receipts, quotations
- Contribute to news stories about the project as requested
- Projects not delivered in Hertfordshire.
- Projects that have not secured all necessary permissions to proceed eg planning consent.
- Retrospective funding to fill funding gaps not identified before the project starts.
- Salary or routine administration costs.
- Political activities, lobbying or projects where the sole/majority of beneficiaries are animals (e.g. charity, rescue or therapy).
- Projects which in the assessment of Hertfordshire County Council show actual or potential unlawful discrimination within the terms of the Equality Act 2010.
- Statutory activities/requirements.
- Hospitality (catering and refreshment costs).
- Contributions in kind through volunteer time.
- Directly benefits individuals, (e.g. ongoing salary costs), or ‘for profit’ organisations.
- Outings, trips, holidays or excursion costs, except for additional costs specific to the needs covered, e.g. support/care staff, adapted transport or accommodation
- Reversing public sector policy or providing services which are the statutory responsibility of public sector agencies.
- Food, drinks or alcohol.