If you are a community group in the UK looking for funding to restore nature in your local area, did you know there’s funding that could help? The £1million Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund from WWF, RSPB and Aviva is live and still welcoming applications until 1st November 2023.
Whilst the UK is home to some of the most incredible species on Earth, it is also one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world . In the last 50 years alone, 38 million birds have vanished from UK skies  and 97% of wildflower meadows have been lost since the 1930s .
WWF and the RSPB, with funding from Aviva, want to help change this by making funding available to the local communities playing a crucial part in helping to restore nature across the UK. Nature is our life support system. It is beneficial to our own health, wellbeing , and it is vital in the fight against climate change.
Whether you’re working together to plant community gardens, support local wildlife or connecting your community to nature, the Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund will give you £500 to kick-start your fundraising campaign, once your project is live on the website, and donate £2 for every £1 raised to help boost your fundraising further. The matching applies to each individual donation up to £250 and with a total match available of £15,000 per community project. And whilst applications close on 1st November 2023, there’s still some funding available so donations can be made to projects live on the website beyond this date, to support communities taking action for nature.
Whilst hundreds of thousands of pounds have already been donated to fantastic local projects across the UK this year, there’s still an opportunity for community groups focused on taking action for nature to apply.
 Source: Biodiversity Loss report – RSPB,  38 million birds have vanished from our skies in the last 50 years. [Source: RSPB State of UK Nature report],  97% of our wildflower meadows have been lost since the 1930s. [Source: State of Nature Report 2019],  [WWF and the Mental Health Foundation publish mental health support guide].