The Green Influencers Scheme: A New Youth Environmental Social Action Fund

The Ernest Cook Trust (in partnership with the #iwill Fund) has launched a new funding programme for the environment and youth work sector - the Green Influencers Scheme.  The scheme will fund 40 Green Mentor posts based in Host Organisations (Registered Charities or Not-for-Profit organisations) across England until January 2023.

Green Mentors will be tasked with recruiting and supporting groups of young people (10-14 years old) in running environmental social action projects that tackle the climate crisis and connect to their local communities. The scheme can provide £15,000 per year to help cover a Green Mentor salary and £3,000 towards the organisations administration costs. Additional funds are then available for individual Green Influencers groups to kickstart their projects.

Applications to be a host organisation are open now.  Deadline for applications is 23rd October at 5pm.

For more information:

South Derbyshire District Council (SDDC)'s Free Tree Scheme 2020

South Derbyshire Free Tree Scheme is now in its 20th year. This SDDC scheme, run in partnership with the National Forest Company, provides free trees to households, community groups and organisations based in South Derbyshire.

As in previous years, you can apply for two trees per household, or 10 if you are applying on behalf of a school, organisation, or community group. Deadline for applications is on Monday 9th November at 5pm.

This year’s species:

  • Alder buckthorn
  • Hazel
  • Rowan
  • Spindle

All the trees are two years old and approximately 30 to 60cm (up to two feet) high. They will also supply information on how to plant and to look after them.

Trees will only be available on the following dates, so please check you or someone is available to collect before you apply:

  • Rosliston Forestry Centre
    Thursday 3rd December
    10am – 2pm
  • Delph, Swadlincote 
    Saturday 5th December
    10am to 2pm

For more information\and or to apply:


Green Homes Grant Scheme Launches

Green Homes Grants scheme is a government funded initiative to provide homeowners with vouchers to use towards installing energy efficient measures in their homes, such as insulation or low carbon heating. The scheme is available in England only.

From Wednesday 30th September, homeowners in England can apply for vouchers that will cover around two thirds of the cost of measures up to a maximum of £5,000 per household. For those on low incomes and in receipt of eligible benefits, the full cost can be paid up to a maximum of £10,000 per household.

You can apply for the grant now through the Government website, or check your eligibility first through the Government's Simple Energy Advice Questionnaire. The latter will allow you to create a personalised list of measures you might be able to get funding for.  The results can be used to obtain quotes from accredited tradespeople, needed for the application.

See below for full guide to the Green Homes Grant Scheme 

MEA Briefing Sheet - Green Homes Grants for community groups.pdf240.33 KB

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Pawprint | New Carbon Footprint Tool

Pawprint is a new online tool that helps you measure, understand, and reduce your carbon footprint.

The Pawprint web app allows you to:

  1. Calculate your personal carbon score with a science-based calculator (data has been validated by leading carbon expert, Mike Berners-Lee).
  2. Understand your own environmental impact more clearly through data visualisation, carbon equivalents, and jargon-free explanations.
  3. Set carbon reduction goals that suit your personal lifestyle.
  4. Stay motivated to reduce your impact via pawprint's challenges and nudges.