The Sustainable Hertfordshire Fund 

Up to £5,000 available to support community projects to become carbon neutral and tackle climate change

Crowdfunder and Hertfordshire County Council have teamed up to support projects and activities that are helping Hertfordshire become carbon neutral and tackle climate change. The council want to inspire and back projects that support their climate emergency response by assisting with one or more of their ambitions.

These include to become a net zero county before 2050, create communities ready for future climates, improve wildlife across the county by 20% by 2050, and provide access to clean air for all by 2030. 

About this fund

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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.


Essential Criteria:

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

Click here to see examples of projects we might fund

Projects should demonstrate that they can achieve at least one of the following Community Benefits:

  • 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.

The following organisations may apply:

  • 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.

Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • 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

The funds cannot be spent on:

  • 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.

Click here to read Terms and conditions of The Sustainable Hertfordshire Fund

How to apply for this funding

Start by setting up a crowdfunder project, if eligible you will be able to apply 

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

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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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