Community Biodiversity Plans

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 27 October 2021

Community Biodiversity Plans

The Community Foundation for Ireland is inviting community groups to apply for grant funding to engage an ecologist and develop a Community Biodiversity Plan (CBP) for their local area. Within the scheme, three levels of grant funding will be offered:

Strand 1: Grants of up to €5,000 for community groups to work with an ecologist to classify their local habitats, assess their condition and extent, map them, and define a suite of actions to enhance biodiversity

Strand 2: Grants of up to €7,500 for community groups who carry out the work outlined in Strand 1 in collaboration with one or two land managers/owners to classify habitats at landscape scale with a focus on field boundaries (hedgerows, treelines and stone walls), assess their condition and extent, map them and define a suite of actions to enhance biodiversity

Strand 3: Grants of up to €10,000 for community groups who carry out the work outlined in Strand 1 in collaboration with three to five land managers/owners to classify habitats at landscape scale with a focus on field boundaries (hedgerows, treelines and stone walls), assess their condition and extent, map them and define a suite of actions to enhance biodiversity

Full details including criteria and application process are outlined below.

 

Timeline

Timeline: Opening Date for applications 11 October 2021

Closing Date for applications 12 November 2021

Grants will be made 10 January 2022

Studies should be carried out Feb 2022 – Nov 2022

Progress Report due 01 December 2022

Community Biodiversity Plan due 31 March 2023

Grantee Learning Event Spring 2023 (date tbc)

About

The Community Foundation for Ireland is a grant-making and donor services charity. The Community Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit and voluntary groups working in communities throughout the Republic of Ireland.

Grants are usually for a particular action with an identifiable outcome. Ongoing, core or capital costs will not be considered. This year, we have established a Biodiversity fund and are inviting community groups to apply for grant funding to engage an ecologist and develop a Community Biodiversity Plan (CBP) for their local area. Within the scheme, three levels of grant funding will be offered:

  • Strand 1: Grants of up to €5,000 for community groups to work with an ecologist to classify their local habitats, assess their condition and extent, map them, and define a suite of actions to enhance biodiversity
  • Strand 2: Grants of up to €7,500 for community groups who carry out the work outlined in Strand 1 in collaboration with one or two land managers/owners to classify habitats at landscape scale with a focus on field boundaries (hedgerows, treelines and stone walls), assess their condition and extent, map them and define a suite of actions to enhance biodiversity
  • Strand 3: Grants of up to €10,000 for community groups who carry out the work outlined in Strand 1 in collaboration with three to five land managers/owners to classify habitats at landscape scale with a focus on field boundaries (hedgerows, treelines and stone walls), assess their condition and extent, map them and define a suite of actions to enhance biodiversity.

The grants scheme has been devised to enhance biodiversity in communities throughout the country by combining the expertise of qualified ecologists with the skills, experience and enthusiasm of local community groups.

Criteria

Grants will support community groups who wish to carry out ecological studies in their local areas with a view to developing a Community Biodiversity Plan. It is expected that studies will be carried out by qualified ecologists between February 2022 and November 2022, with final CBPs to be submitted by funded community groups to The Community Foundation for Ireland by March 2023.

Priority will be given to projects that focus heavily on engaging the wider community and demonstrate an intention and capacity to work closely with local landowners/ managers and with their chosen ecologist to produce a coherent, accessible and achievable Community Biodiversity Plan. A resource pack will be provided to all successful applicants and will include a directory of ecologists who have been trained and briefed by The Community Foundation for Ireland in relation to the scheme, its proposed methodologies and its intended outcomes.

These ecologists have agreed to a daily rate for their work of €400 exclusive of VAT and inclusive of travel and subsistence. Groups may work with an ecologist whose name does not appear in the directory, provided they are suitably qualified and agree to the terms set out in the study criteria.

Outcomes

The ultimate aim of the funding scheme is that successful community groups will develop a Community Biodiversity Plan based on the expert recommendations arising from the ecological study of their area. Further to this, each ecologist will be expected to submit their collected data to the National Biodiversity Data Centre by the end of March 2023.

The Fund Will Not Cover: Core or ongoing overhead costs of grantee organisations, Equipment costs, Promotion of religious causes, Work that has already taken place, Non-charitable activities, General political donations, Sponsorship or fundraising events, Schools and Colleges, Work taking place outside the Republic of Ireland.

Applicant Requirements

  • Groups may apply for only one strand of funding
  • Applications must be from community and voluntary groups that possess charitable aims and are not for profit
  • Groups must demonstrate capacity and willingness to work with a qualified ecologist and, where possible, local landowners/ land managers
  • Applicant organisations should have an annual income of not more than €2,000,000
  • In the event that your application is successful, and you have been awarded the maximum grant amount of €10,000, you will be asked to submit either your organisation’s Annual Accounts or, where relevant, your most recent set of Audited Accounts.
  • Applicant organisations must have an organisational bank account
  • A copy of a recent bank statement must be submitted with your application. This is for account verification only and all financial transactions may be redacted before submission h) Proposals must include clear, detailed, realistic costs and timescales
  • Applicants must be prepared to evaluate and learn from their work as well as to share project learning and outcomes through the participation in a grantee learning event in Spring 2023 (date tbc)
  • We encourage applicant organisations to consider adopting The Governance Code for charities
  • A commitment to equal opportunities must be demonstrated
  • Organisations working with cohorts under the age of 18 will be required to produce a copy of their Child Protection Policy Reporting Requirements:

Successful Applications

Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Acknowledge the support of The Community Foundation for Ireland and The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage on any materials associated with the grant
  • Submit a Progress Report in December 2022
  • Submit a copy of their Community Biodiversity Plan in March 2023
  • Participate in a grantee learning event in Spring 2023
  • Ensure that data collected from the ecological study is submitted to the National Biodiversity Data Centre by March 2023

How to Apply

Once you have ensured that you meet all of the grant criteria above, you can then make an online application by clicking on the link Here.

Closing Date: 4.00pm on 12 November 2021 NOTE: Your application will be acknowledged. If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail, please contact us at info@foundation.ie or on 01 874 7354.

More information https://www.communityfoundation.ie/grants/types-of-grants/environment-and-nature-fund