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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.
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 Main Grants 

  • For grant applications up to £1,200

  • Two grant rounds per year

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



 Small Grants 

  • For grants up to £500

  • Please note we have temporarily suspended the Small Grants Programme due to the impact of COVID-19.

  • Sign up to our newsletter or follow us on social media for updates on reinstatement.


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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 grant fund, in 2021. 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 Main Grant Fund eligibility and evaluation criteria then complete the Main Grant Fund Application Form, on which 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.

  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 the sustainability of the project? 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 all 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 by email to

  7. Deadlines for the Main Grant programme are 31st March and 30th September each year.  


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.​


Grant funding FAQs

Who we fund

Do you fund marine conservation projects if they are being run by a company that isn't 'not-for-profit'?

Yes we do as long as the project is clearly not having a direct financial benefit to the company.

Can individuals apply e.g. students?

We have funded student research projects but we prefer the application to come from their institution rather than from them as an individual. We've also funded individuals who've set up their own organisation to run a project.

Can schools apply?

Yes, we've given out several grants to schools, both primary and secondary.

What we fund

Do you fund staff costs, e.g. salaries?

We do if they are specifically part of the cost of your project and not an ongoing staff cost.

Do you fund running costs/core operating costs?

No, we only fund projects i.e. work that has a start and end date and clear, measurable outcomes.

We’ve had funding before. Can we apply again?

Yes, but generally only as long as it is for a new project. Very occasionally, we fund extensions to a previously funded project where there is a compelling reason to continue the work.

Do you fund academic research projects?

We do, but we prefer the application to come from the institution rather than an individual. We have to be rigorous about who we give grants to and that's easier when it's going to a university/college than an individual student. It also make it easier to ensure we get a proper project evaluation completed.

Do you fund projects outside the UK?

No, we currently only fund projects in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


How much can we apply for?

The maximum grant award is £1200. As the Small Grants Fund is suspended at the moment, there is currently no minimum.

When will we find out if we’ve been successful?

It generally takes about 6 weeks from the deadline to notify applicants.

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