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ScottishPower Foundation Marine Biodiversity Fund

Thank you for your interest in the ScottishPower Foundation Marine Biodiversity Fund.

Applications are now open until Tuesday 19th March at 12 noon. Please find details on our criteria and how to apply below.

About the Fund 

As our planet grapples with ecological challenges, the protection of marine ecosystems is crucial in safeguarding the biodiversity of our seas and oceans and sustaining life on Earth. The ScottishPower Foundation’s Marine Biodiversity Fund will finance one multi-year project that contributes to the broader global agenda for environmental sustainability, leaving a positive legacy for future generations. Aligning with several UN Sustainable Development Goals, the fund’s dedication to marine preservation makes it a cornerstone in advancing positive change.

Owing to the success of the first ever grant of £600,000 awarded from the fund launched in 2021, we’re delighted to be able to embark on the second round of funding.

Its anticipated the successful project will be funded for a period of up to three years at a rate of £200,000 per year.

Proposed projects - which must take place in the UK and its territorial waters (within 12 nautical miles) - should:

  1. Contribute to the protection and enhancement of the marine/coastal environment, preventing negative impacts and/or enabling the repair and renewal or the marine/coastal environment, including the safeguarding of marine species, and…
  2. Share project knowledge and raise awareness of threats to the marine/coastal environment by engaging with the local community and wider society.

Criteria 

In addition to addressing the focus of the fund as stated in points 1 and 2 above, all of the following statements must apply to your organisation:

  • You have a demonstrable track record of delivering projects in the marine conservation environment
  • You have an active board of at least three unrelated trustees
  • You have been registered with one of the UK Charity Regulators for at least three full years 
  • You have at least three full years of published accounts that show as received on the relevant charity regulator website
  • Your income in the last set of published accounts was greater than £800,000
  • The bank account into which the funding is to be made is not based in a restricted country (i.e. tax haven, high corruption risk or sanctioned country)

Projects delivered by multiple partners will be eligible to apply.


How to apply

1. Eligibility form

The Eligibility form clearly sets out the criteria for this round of funding and will allow you to determine whether your organisation is eligible to apply. You must confirm that you meet the full set of criteria in order to progress to the Application form.

2. Application form

Once you have successfully passed the eligibility stage, you will receive an email with a link to the Application form. You can save the progress of your application as you go along and can revisit it at any point up until you click 'submit’. 

What supporting documentation is required?

  • Your Articles of Association 
  • Your most recent published annual accounts covering a 3-year operating period, that show as received on the relevant Charity Regulator website. Your income shown in these accounts should be greater than £800,000 per year
  • Your written policy on Safeguarding (if your organisation works with children or vulnerable adults). Please note that we are examining your policy in our capacity as a funder only and not in any advisory capacity. Our review of your policy should not be relied on as an endorsement of it.
  •  A letter from your CEO or the Chair of your Board of Trustees confirming that your Safeguarding policy has been reviewed by your Board of Trustees within the last two years
  • Evidence of any permits or licences (if required for your project)
  • Your written policy on Health and Safety (please note that we are examining your policy in our capacity as a funder only and not in any advisory capacity. Our review of your policy should not be relied on as an endorsement of it)
  • A letter from your CEO or the Chair of your Board of Trustees confirming that your Health and Safety policy has been reviewed by your Board of Trustees within the last two years
 

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