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Our Grant Programmes

Welcome to our Applications Hub

We run grant programmes for marine conservation.
Use our sidebar menu to access details on what funding is available and when, who it is for, and how to apply.
Before applying, please refer to our eligibility and evaluation criteria.
We are currently reviewing the Main Grant application form and producing additional application guidelines.
Therefore, can we ask you to not submit an application until these are completed in mid-August. 
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 Main Grants 

  • For grants between £500 and  £2,500.

  • Two grant rounds per year.

  • Deadlines for applications are 31st March and 30th September each year.



 Small Grants 

  • For grants of up to £500.

  • Apply any time and get a quick decision.


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 Questions about our grants programmes? 

Who can apply?

Sea-Changers gives one-off grants (i.e. not continual funding) to UK-based charities and not-for-profit organisations (including schools) carrying out marine conservation related activities.
We welcome applications from a variety of groups and entities.
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 Grant funding eligibility criteria 

What objectives must projects meet?

The projects we fund will achieve one or more of the following objectives:

  • To address the root causes of marine conservation threats and challenges in the UK.

  • To prevent or reduce negative impacts on UK coastal and marine environments and/or species.

  • To add to the body of knowledge about marine conservation threats and challenges in the UK. ​

The Tackling Ocean Plastics Fund

The Tackling Ocean Plastics Fund will be open for applications, as part of Sea-Changers' Main and Small Grant Funds, in 2022. This funding stream aims to address the increasing problem of plastics that are damaging the marine environment and the species that call it home.

The Tackling Ocean Plastics Fund will support groups and organisations around the UK who wish to run marine conservation projects aimed at tackling the negative impacts of marine plastic pollution.


To apply to this specific funding stream, check the general eligibility and evaluation criteria below then complete either the Main Grant Fund Application Form or Small Grant Application Form where you can indicate that you are applying to this specific fund.

What type of projects do we fund?

Sea-Changers is particularly interested in grassroots projects that galvanise community action and projects that increase the number of people taking action for marine conservation.

Data and results from research projects undertaken as a result of Sea-Changers' grant funding must be made available to Sea-Changers and shared with appropriate marine databases when completed.

We will consider partial funding of projects where other funds are also being sought or are already in place, but you will need to demonstrate exactly which elements of the project that the Sea-Changers grant will be used to fund, as well as how our funding fits into the wider finances of the project.

What don't we fund?

  • Projects that have a political aim

  • Applications solely to fund administrative or core operating costs

  • Retrospective projects or funding requests

  • Individuals or causes that will benefit only one person.

 Grant funding evaluation criteria 

How are applications evaluated?


Eligible applications for both the Main Grant programme and the Small Grant programme will be evaluated against the following criteria:

1. Measurable impact

  • How well does the project meet one or more of the three objectives above?

  • How far does the project have a positive impact on the sea and coastal environment and/or species?

  • How well does the application identify appropriate measures of success?

  • Is it possible to effectively evaluate the impact?

2. Community/grassroots base

  • How far is the project community-based, with involvement of communities and the public in solutions to address marine conservation challenges?

  • Does the project have elements of community engagement or citizen science?

3. Value for money

  • How well justified is the sum proposed?

  • Is it good value for money?

  • Are there other ways for the funding to be obtained?

4. Ongoing or wider benefits

  • Will the project have lasting benefits and outcomes?

  • Is it replicable and could it have wider applicability?

  • Will the project raise awareness or get publicity for the issues it addresses and/or for marine conservation issues in general?

5. Innovation and creativity

  • Does the project create an innovative approach to the problems facing the marine environment?

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How can we apply?

Applying for Sea-Changers grant funding couldn't be simpler.
Just follow the steps below:

 Grant funding application process 

  1. Read through the eligibility criteria above to see if you are eligible to apply and to check if your project meets the funding criteria.

  2. If you are applying to fund beach cleaning equipment, we advise that you speak to The Helping Hand Company for a tailored quote. They produce robust equipment and offer a 10% discount to projects funded by Sea-Changers. Click here for full details.

  3. Download and complete the Main Grant Fund Application Form or the Small Grant Application Form depending on how much you're applying for.

  4. We receive a high number of applications, often for similar kinds of projects such as beach clean related activities. When completing the form, consider what makes your project stand out. For example, how are you engaging with the local community? How are you ensuring you project can continue in the longer term? How will you measure success? In what ways is your project innovative? Our evaluation criteria are clearly outlined above to help you. 

  5. You may also find it useful to look at the Evaluation Form that Main Grant recipients complete at the end of their project. This will give you an idea of the importance we place on having well-defined project outcomes.

  6. Complete and return the application form to

  7. Deadlines for the Main Grant programme are 31st March and 30th September each year.  The Small Grant fund is always open and applications are reviewed regularly.


You will receive an acknowledgement of your application with an indication of the timescales of the decision-making process and what happens next. When the grant panel has made their final decision, we will write to you and inform you of the outcome of your application.​

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