Grants of up to £5,000 for environmental projects in Hertfordshire

Next application deadline: Midnight 2nd August 2022 for decisions in October. Current applicants can expect decisions in early June.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that aim to improve our local environment in Hertfordshire, educate about the impact of climate change, and have a positive impact on the lives of Hertfordshire residents.

We are looking for projects that do one of more of the following:
  • Allow local communities to get involved in environmental activities
  • Encourage behaviour changes that benefit the environment
  • Have a positive impact on the environment and individuals
  • Educate about the environment and/or the impact of climate change

    Examples of possible projects include:
  • Regeneration of green spaces
  • Restoration of local habitats
  • Organised litter picking
  • Community gardening (with an environmental focus)
  • Forest school classes
  • Citizen science projects

    We will not fund:
  • Contributions to large capital appeals
  • Projects for schools (unless there is a significant wider community benefit)
  • Animal welfare
  • One-off events with no long term benefit

    Please note this fund is part of our regular HCF Large Grants programme. You can only hold one HCF Large Grant at a time. Please do not apply more than once even for multiple projects, and do not apply if you currently hold a grant via our HCF Large Grants or HCF Small Grants programmes.

    To apply for a grant, projects and groups must also meet our usual HCF Large Grant criteria, available as a pdf below.

    HCF Large Grants
    HCF Large grants criteria and guidance

    For more information, please call the grants team on 01707 251351 or email

    We do not have a separate programme for this fund. To make an application via HCF Large Grants click here.

    If you need £1,000 or less to fund your project, you can apply via Small Grants here.

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