It is accepted the pandemic has transformed society’s relationship with nature. At the same time, the challenge of protecting the environment is enormous and individuals often feel overwhelmed and unable to contribute in a meaningful way. LFT believe this situation presents a unique opportunity for initiatives that enhance and improve local environments whilst also strengthening the capacity of local communities.

The aim of this LFT Grant-making Programme is to promote the well-established links between the environment and health and wellbeing, as well as the benefits collaborative action can bring to communities and individuals.

LFT wishes to support charitable organisations in Northern Ireland to attract, inspire and educate local communities to participate in environmental action in their neighbourhood. Examples of projects that could be considered include activities to decrease waste; initiatives to reduce pollution; programmes to enhance the local natural and built environment and foster civic pride and actions to increase community engagement and connectivity with nature.

Application Process

Applications for grants up to £7,000 are invited. Only expenditure incurred for the purposes of the project and that can be directly attributed to the expected outputs/outcomes will be eligible.

As with all funders, it is likely that demand will exceed available funds and so this will be a competitive process. Applications are welcomed from dynamic organisations with relevant experience and a proven track record in grassroots engagement, developing strong community networks and maximising outcomes for beneficiaries.

To apply, applicants should set out their project proposal (no longer than three A4 pages) referencing the following:

  • Project description
  • How will you propose to engage and motivate the local community?
  • How the project will benefit a) individual participants, b) the wider community and c) the local environment?
  • How will the success of your project be measured for each beneficiary group? What targets have you set for this project?
  • What is the project budget and how much funding are you applying

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Tuesday 31st January 2023.

Applications should be made by email to


LFT welcomes applications from prospective Grant Partners who are registered charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations
operating in Northern Ireland.

Financial commitments are envisaged from March 2023 with a requirement to commence project delivery within three months of receipt of a letter of offer. Projects must have a duration of less than 12 months.

Reporting & Evaluation

LFT welcome the opportunity to visit the project during the delivery period and will seek an impact report from funded projects on completion of the project.

Enquiries at any stage of the application process are welcomed by the Secretariat. Grantmaking decisions are made by LFT Board of Trustees.