CALL FOR PROPOSALS – GREEN SPACES & TECHNOLOGY

This call for proposals has now closed and the links to access the application form removed – Please note that we are keeping this page live as an information/reference point for those organisations who applied within the time frames outlined below. 

This call for proposals is to provide grants of up to £100,000 to London-based charities, museums and universities looking to improve access to green spaces or green technology for communities in London. There is no minimum size of grant, so please apply for the amount that you need. If your organisation and proposed project fit the criteria listed below, please follow this link, confirm your eligibility and download the application form.

This call looks to fund new work in the following project areas:
* Installation of environmentally friendly technologies for the direct benefit of the community, for example (but not limited to) air pollution monitors, City Trees, or closed loop waste management systems
* Biodiversity and urban greening projects, for example (but not limited to) including green roofs, tree planting and rewilding
* Green engagement projects improving access to green spaces or helping Londoners to learn about the natural environment, including community gardening and disabled access improvements

The project you are applying for must respond to one or more of the elements listed above, and activities should start between July and December 2022. The grant activities must be completed by the end of 2024. Proposal budgets can include up to £10,000 for an external scoping study and/or environmental consultancy fees.

Types of work we will fund:
~ We will take a particular interest in enterprising and innovative ideas, and work led by inspiring, visionary individuals and teams who are passionate about their work.
~ Capital projects, which have a sustainability plan in place
~ Sustainable community projects (that can continue once the grant period is over, or have lasting benefits)
~ Pilot projects
~ Training
~ Capital projects
~ Feasibility studies, project evaluations and community consultations will be considered as part of wider programming

Previous and current Kusuma grantees
This call is open to new applicants, previous and current KTUK grantholders. Current grantholders or anyone who has had an application declined in the last 12 months, please speak to us before applying.

 

ELIGIBILITY AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA

Eligibility Criteria
~ You must be a registered or exempt charity in England with a turnover of over £200,000 (in your latest published accounts) with an office in London.
~ The project being applied for must take place in Greater London
~ Charities with a turnover of less than £1M will only be considered if they are based in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Brent, Camden, Islington, City of London, Lambeth, or Southwark
~ Projects that only engage the community of one borough must be working in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Brent, Camden, Islington, City of London, Lambeth, or Southwark
~ You must hold a valid UK registered bank account in the name of the organisation
~ You must have governance and financial management systems appropriate to your overall work and the proposed programme
~ You must hold relevant DBS checks and safeguarding policies and procedures
~ You must have paid staff

Exclusion Criteria:
Individuals
Statutory bodies
Schools, colleges,or nurseries
Political organisations, policy influencing or advocacy
Campaigning programmes
Funding for projects or programmes that are completed
Funding for the practice of religion, or any activities that actively promote religion or particular belief systems
Organisations that benefit only one or a small number of individuals (e.g under 50)
Programmes of work that are primarily the responsibility of statutory authorities
Organisations without a website
Mental health/emotional wellbeing work must be part of wider programming
Sports programmes must be part of a more holistic approach

 

ASSESSMENT

The application process consists of a two page application form and budget. The application will be assessed against the following criteria:
You must show that:
~ There is a need for the project you are proposing
The project will change the lives of Londoners, in line with at least one of the three project areas listed above
You have a history of successfully delivering your work, and the capacity to implement grants effectively
If you do not have environmental experience as an organisation, that you have relevant expert advice available to deliver the project
The project will be monitored and evaluated effectively
~ Kusuma Trust funds will make a demonstrable difference to your ability to work
You have taken steps to ensure the sustainability of the project if applicable
Core operating costs do not account for more than 20% of the budget
The size of the grant must not exceed more than 20% of an organisation’s budget
~  
The project offers reasonable cost per beneficiary

If your application is successful, due diligence will be carried out by the Trust. This will include (but is not limited to) reviewing governance and management, financial accounts, the capacity to implement projects, technical expertise and current partnerships. 

 

HOW TO APPLY

If your organisation and proposed project fit the criteria above, please follow this link, confirm your eligibility and download the application form. Please return your completed application form to grants@kusumatrust.org. The final closing date is 9 May 2022, however we may close the application process once we have received 100 applications if we deem the quality of applications to be sufficient. While we endeavour to respond to all applications, if you have not heard within eight weeks of the closing date please assume that your request for funding has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Approximately 15 shortlisted candidates will be invited for a 90 minute meeting with the Grants Team. We aim to have made final decisions regarding grant recipients by 24 June 2022.