FUNDRAISING NEWS: WHY WE GIVE - Vivienne O'Connor is programme manager of the SEED Programme

Approximately how much do you give per year?

The SEED Programme awarded more than £7.6 million through the New Opportunities Fund Green Spaces and Sustainable Communities funding programme between September 2001 and September 2002. A further £5 million is to be awarded by June 2004.

There are two levels of grants available. Grants of between £500 and £4,999 for smaller community projects, which are processed within eight weeks and grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 which take about 20 weeks.

Are there any particular causes or organisations you support?

We give priority to disadvantaged communities in England and projects that actively involve people in making a real difference to their local environment and quality of life. Projects should promote sustainability and local economic development and demonstrate they will have lasting benefits to the community.

We support a range of projects including local food initiatives, recycling, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and environmental education and community enterprise.

What is a good way to approach you?

We only accept applications on a SEED Programme application form. You should read the guidance notes before sending an application to establish if your project is eligible for SEED funding, or you can phone our grants team on 0870 036 1000.

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