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Grant funding criteria

Partnering with Ulster Wildlife, we’ll provide funding to enable organisations to deliver the Environment and Sustainability Curriculum.

This curriculum was commissioned by the Education Authority in 2020 and developed by Ulster Wildlife in 2021/22.

The aim of Sustainable Youth is to increase young people’s engagement with the environment and sustainability. It does this by providing a seven-stage framework for young people to take action around an environmental issue of their choosing.

There’s a guide for youth workers wanting to deliver the programme and thereby support young people to carry out an environmental social action project.

All successful grantees will be required to attend one day’s training provided by Ulster Wildlife. Please make sure you build in the staff time to attend this training into your budget at full application stage.

About the grants

  • Grants are available to organisations based in Northern Ireland only.
  • Grants are to support the delivery of Sustainable Youth only.
  • Grants will be made for a period of two years.
  • Organisations can apply for up to £20,000 a year (£40,000 in total). Applications at all funding levels are encouraged.
  • We look at each application individually, but our general rule is normally the grant amount requested can’t be more than 25% of your annual income.
  • We encourage all organisations to apply for core costs which can be up to 25% of the total grant request.

Grant assessment process and timeline

  • Friday 15 March 2024: applications open to organisations in Northern Ireland. Applicants are required to submit an expression of interest before being invited to complete a full application.
  • Friday 12 April 2024: deadline for submitting an expression of interest.
  • Friday 10 May 2024: deadline for submitting a full application.
  • May/June 2024: we’ll shortlist the full applications. Ideally, we’d like to talk with you over the phone/video call. You might be asked to provide additional information to supplement your application. This will include due diligence checks and further details about your approach to safeguarding.
  • Thursday 27 June 2024: our board of trustees make final decisions.
  • w/c Monday 1 July 2024: we’ll inform applicants of the outcome.
  • August 2024: we’ll publicly announce successful organisations. 
  • August/September 2024: one day training delivered by Ulster Wildlife. Date to be agreed with grantees.

Who can apply?

  • Organisations already working with children and young people experiencing inequality. 
  • Organisations with an annual income for the last financial year of less than £1 million. 
  • Organisations must be prepared to deliver the Sustainable Youth Curriculum and attend the one-day training.

Your organisation must be a:

  • UK charity registered with the relevant charity regulator. 
  • community interest company (CIC)
  • charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • community benefit society
  • voluntary or community organisation
  • not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (with a not-for-profit ‘asset lock’ clause) 
  • school (if your project isn’t linked to the national curriculum)
  • statutory body (including local authorities, town, parish and community council)

Important information

  • All successful organisations will have to commit to due diligence checks and verify their bank details.
  • We aim to give feedback on all applications.
  • Grant payments will be made annually in advance of need.
  • We’ll confirm reporting requirements at the grant agreement stage but currently we’re expecting grantees to report on a six-monthly basis.
  • If your application is successful, we’ll also talk to you about how to promote your work and how we can share learning with the wider sector.


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Find out more about how to apply for our Foundation grants, as well as key dates in the application process.

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Last updated: 20 March 2024