Funding & Grants

In order to achieve environmental goals by running successful and sustainable clean-up campaigns, we unquestionably need the appropriate funding to make it all happen.

There are many funding routes already available, and new grants are frequently released. You will find that even though there are various funding titles and sources – through charitable trusts, the national lottery or local government for example – many can be applicable to clean-up campaigns. Good news for everyone!

It’s knowing where to find such grants, as well as how to apply for them, that can be the tricky part – and that’s where we come in!

Helping Hand Environmental run special offers throughout the year and have discounted equipment available for volunteer litter pickers, groups and environmental charities with limited budgets (upto 50% off our RRP). As the manufacturer we will be able to offer you the best price for our sustainable litter picking equipment – so you only have to buy once and work with you to help provide bespoke quotations, sustainable procurement information to support your funding bids.

Need a extra helping hand?

Our Environmental Team, would be happy to help and point you in the right direction and support you in planning your clean up activity with our FREE Volunteer Litter Guide Toolkit full of useful hints and tips on how to conduct a successful event – please call 01531 635678 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a community group; do I qualify for any discount?

We often support community groups in their clean up campaigns and have special discounted order forms for supporters of our environmental charities and for groups or schools with limited budgets. We have even donated products and take part in litter picking campaigns ourselves. We also gift aid back on the sale of our goods to national environmental charities to support the good work they do. Please contact the Environmental Team for the latest offers/special discounts.

I have a certain amount of people in my clean up group; how much equipment do I need?

We can tailor make orders to support your group need/size of groups. Our standard kits are available in singles, up to 10 people, or up to 30 people. You can store away and reuse each litter picking kit after every clean up, ensuring the equipment is there for you whenever you need it. We also supply equipment in single units and as combi versions for adults and children, families to litterpick together – so whatever your litter picking activity, we can supply you with the correct equipment to enable you to litter pick safely! Helping Hand can also personalise your products to promote your campaign or group.



We would always encourage you to firstly approach your local authority, town or parish councils who will have the ability to let you know if they can support your litter picking group. Either via the permanent loan of litter picking equipment, donating rolls of cleansing bags, providing PPE equipment and collecting your rubbish after your clean up.

Separately they will have access to environmental budgets, and local community grants through each annual year. It is worth checking your local authority and/or Town and Parish Council website pages regularly for funding updates. If you need any help on who is the best contact within your waste service, give our  friendly team a call on 01531 635678.


National Grants Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community. Visit

Biffa Community Grant supports local community projects to make a positive difference on environmental themed campaigns. Visit

DPD UK Green Grant Fund

Sky Ocean Rescue

Screwfix Community Foundation

Awards for All gives groups in England small Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000. They will fund a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens. Visit

People’s Postcode Lottery

WRAP runs the Litter Innovation Fund which is a Government grant scheme which groups can apply for upto £10,000 for innovative schemes to tackle litter on the streets and in their neighbourhood and marine litter. The fund is available to all groups or community campaigns councils

WREN is a not-for-profit business that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community, environmental conservation and heritage projects of between £2,000 and £10,000. Visit

Police & Crime Commissioner – PCC Grants are available throughout the UK. Themes can differ but alot will support and fund projects which will enhance community engagement, environmental campaigns in support of long-term regeneration. There are small grants upto £2,500 and larger grants upto £25,000 available. You must be a registered charity, group or CIC to apply. Check out your local police pages for further information.

Local Government – visit DEFRA for the latest announcements of  UK ‘Green’ grants schemes and environmental policy updates.

John Ellerman Foundation

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation


Aviva Insurance support community and environmental projects across the UK. Visit

Greggs Foundation have environmental grants available upto £2,000 for groups who are undertaking litterpicking activities.  Visit

Waitrose local community grant scheme is where money raised by the carrier bag charge is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. Apply now

Co-op had an new grant scheme available for Community Groups. Visit 

ASDA have thier own Foundation which will fund specific community themed projects each year. Visit

Morrisons have their own Foundation which will fund specific community themed projects each year – including environmental campaigns. Visit

Costa Coffee also support local environmental groups with litterpicking equipment and Costa volunteers for specific events – find your local store at 

Certain John Lewis stores across the UK also have loan litter picking equipment available for community projects – it is worth going into your local store and speaking to the Community Manager to find out more.

McDonalds are very good in terms of support local initiatives with each store location. We would recommend going into your local store and speaking to the Planet Champions who will be able to help you further. A lot of stores have litterpicking equipment available.

MARS & Wrigley’s run the International Litter Less campaign for Schools with grants of upto £300 per school for litterpicking equipment. Visit

Another useful site is which links businesses with charities and groups. Businesses such as Coca-Cola, Suntory, M&S and Starbucks can be found there too and donate volunteer hours to environmental projects.