Sea-Changers raises money for a range of primarily UK based, marine conservation charities and not for profit organisations. The projects funded will achieve one or more of the following objectives:
- To address the root causes of marine conservation threats and challenges in the UK.
- To prevent or reduce negative impacts on UK coastal and marine environments and/or species.
- To add to the body of knowledge about marine conservation threats and challenges in the UK.
Sea-Changers is particularly interested in grassroots projects which galvanise community action and in projects which increase the number of people taking action for marine conservation. Data and results from research projects undertaken as a result of Sea-Changers grant funding must be made available to Sea-Changers and shared with appropriate marine databases when completed.
Click here to find out more about the projects we have already supported.
Sea-Changers allocates funding on a six monthly basis. Applicants can only submit one funding application per cycle. We have just reviewed and published our grant giving policy and the new policy is available here. To help your future planning the closing date for the next grant cycle is the 31st of March 2018. We receive a high number of applications, often for similar kinds of projects such as beach clean related activities. When completing the form consider what makes your project stand out. For example, how are you engaging with the local community? How are you ensuring the sustainability of the project? How will you measure success? There are clear criteria outlined in the policy to help you.
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their grant applications approximately 8-10 weeks after the application closing date.
There is an application form which we would ask applicants to complete. This outlines the aims and achievements of the organisation, asks you to explain in detail the specific area/strand of your work in need of financial support. A Word version of this form can be provided upon request.
If the project meets our criteria, and is shortlisted we may arrange for a Sea-Changers representative to discuss the planned project in more detail with the applicant. Application decisions will be made by Sea-Changers’ Trustees with specialist advice provided by marine biologist, Helen Scales.
New for 2018/19 – Marine Litter Fund
From Spring 2018 Sea-Changers has a specific fund to address marine litter issues, with the following objectives:
- To address the root causes of marine litter in the UK.
- To prevent or reduce marine litter impacting on UK coastal and marine environments and/or species.
- To add to the body of knowledge about the nature and impact of marine litter in the UK.
Approximately 60% of this funding will support projects in Scotland with 40% going elsewhere in UK.
If you are applying to conduct beach cleaning activities, we will look favourably on projects that can demonstrate connections to existing wider beach clean activities (for example, https://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/ and https://www.sas.org.uk/our-work/beach-cleans/). We will also look more favourably on activities that are considering potential recycling options for material gathered (For example: https://www.terracycle.co.uk/en-UK/brigades/beach-plastic-programme).
Evaluation criteria will be the same as for the main grant fund.
Please click here for the website.