Cornwall Grow Nature Seed Fund

Active Cornwall Council: Grow Nature Seed Fund project fund
Cornwall Council: Grow Nature Seed Fund
Get up to £1,000

Any locally constituted and recognised ‘not for profit’ organisation which seeks to serve the people or wildlife of Cornwall could be eligible.

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

How to qualify?
  • You need to be a locally constituted and recognised 'not for profit' organisation
  • Once you have raised 25% of the total project target, the council pledge will be made.
  • You need to raise at least 50% match funding before Cornwall Council funds will be released
  • The maximum Seed Fund pledge will be £1,000 or 50% of your target (whichever is the lower)
  • Pledges will only be made on all or nothing projects.
  • Funded projects must deliver a clear and demonstrable benefit to the natural environment. Please see here further information on eligibility

What types of projects would we like to support?
  • Conversion or restoration of community greenspace to wildlife habitat: community orchards, ponds, wildflower meadows/verges, native hedges, street trees or woodlands
  • Environmental improvements to a community centre or village hall grounds: installation of bee bricks, bug hotels, swift boxes, nest boxes, tree planting
  • Coastal and marine projects: no anchor zones, initiatives to reduce single use plastics
  • Local wildlife training and monitoring schemes
  • Schemes to reduce invasive species, litter, noise or light pollution in the environment, including coastal areas and on the water
  • Environmental aspects of a heritage restoration scheme
  • Initiatives to help local people to connect with their environment.
  • Activities which encourage people to grow nature and increase the public understanding and enjoyment of wildlife and heritage
  • Cornwall-wide, regional and national organisations are eligible, but only for projects delivering a clear and demonstrable benefit to the environment of Cornwall.

Case studies and ideas for environmental growth activities can be found on the Grow Nature toolkit

What will be expected of applicants if they are successful?
  • Need to briefly report on progress, problems and the delivery of predicted outcomes on a 6 monthly basis for the life of the project
  • Need to produce a brief final project summary with before and after photos (a simple template will be provided)
  • Need to be able to produce evidence of eligible expenditure if requested, e.g., receipts, quotations
  • Contribute to news stories about the project as requested

Please see our terms and conditions here

From the seed of an idea, nature can grow

As part of Crowdfund Cornwall, Cornwall Council, Crowdfunder and partners aim to support small-scale projects that help create more space for nature within local communities. If you have an idea which will Grow Nature, join us and play your part in transforming your local area for wildlife and for people. 

If you have a particular soft spot for trees then Branch Out might just be what you need to turn your passion into reality. We are boosting the funds available to £1,000 in order to encourage even more ambitious projects aimed at increasing tree cover in Cornwall.

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Start or continue adding your Crowdfunder project to apply

Projects supported by Grow Nature Seed Fund

Access extra funding in Cornwall with Crowdfunder

Thinking of crowdfunding for a project in Cornwall? Want to find out how you can access Cornwall Council funds into the bargain? Catch up on how you can in our Crowdfund Cornwall webinar with Council CEO Kate Kennally and Cllr Sue James (Environment).

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Create your unique page. Tell your story and explain your idea. Then set a target and how long you need to reach it.

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Spread the word to friends, professional contacts and others in your community. Tell everyone you know about your project.

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People who like your idea donate or pledge money in return for a reward they’ll receive once your project succeeds.

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