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Funding Information

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, 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 ALWAYS have discounted equipment available for volunteer litter pickers, groups and environmental charities with limited budgets (upto 50% off our RRP). As the manufacturer of the products we will ALWAYS be able to offer you the best price for our equipment as well as the best tools however you will need to call us to find out more on 01531 635678.

Running a clean-up campaign and need that extra bit of money to make it as successful as possible?
Contact our Environment Team, they 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.

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 took part in campaigns ourselves. We also gift aid back on the sale of our goods to national environmental chairities to support the good work they do. Please contact the Environment Team for the latest offers/special discounts. Call 01531 635678 or email sales@helpinghand.co.uk

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

We tailor make orders to certain sizes of groups. Our standard kits are available in singles, up to 10 people, or up to 30 people. You can store away and re-use the kit after every clean up, ensuring the equipment is there for you whenever you need it. We also supply equipment in single units – Whatever you need for your group we can supply you with the right equipment! What’s more we can also personalise our products to promote your campaign or group.

Please to do hesitate to call our Helping Hand Environmental today 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 https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme

Biffa Community Grant supports local community projects to make a positive difference on environmental themed campaigns. Visit http://www.biffa-award.org/

DEFRA and The Government have launched a Litter Innovation Fund https://www.gov.uk/government/news/litter-innovation-fund-further-grants-available-for-innovative-community-projects

Sky Ocean Rescue https://skyoceanrescue.com/sky-makes-three-major-commitments-in-next-phase-of-its-sky-ocean-rescue-campaign/

CSV Action Earth empowers people in Scotland to make a positive difference to the quality of their lives. Grants of £250-£500 are available annually to run environmental activities which protect and enhance their local environment. Visit http://actionearth.csv.org.uk

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 www.awardsforall.org.uk

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 http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/litter-innovation-fund

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 www.wren.org.uk


Greggs Foundation have environmental grants available upto £2,000 for groups who are undertaking litterpicking activities.  Visit http://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/environmental-grants

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 http://www.waitrose.com/home/inspiration/community_matters.html

Co-op had an new grant scheme available for Community Groups https://communities.centralengland.coop/community-funds/eligibility 

Costa Coffee also support local environmental groups with litterpicking equipment and Costa volunteers for specific events – find your local store at https://community.costa.co.uk/ 

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 Champion who will be able to help you further. A lot of stores have litterpicking equipment available.

Another useful site is https://www.neighbourly.com/ which links businesses with charities and groups. Businesses such as M&S and Starbucks can be found there too.

Call Us

To speak to one of the team, please call us on 01531 635678