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Sea-Changers Marine Conservation
Social Fund 2023/4

We are delighted to announce the second call for applications to the Sea-Changers Marine Conservation Social Fund.


The aim of the Marine Conservation Social Fund is to support socially beneficial marine conservation approaches and solutions.

Sea-Changers’ Main Grants Fund

Our main grant fund projects achieve one or more of the following objectives:

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

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

  3. To add to the body of knowledge about marine conservation threats and challenges in the UK and ways to overcome them.


Sea-Changers Marine Conservation Social Fund

While the Social Fund may support any of the above three objectives, its unique emphasis is that it will additionally support or enhance participants’ health and well-being and / or deliver benefits for disadvantaged communities, through marine conservation activity. Participants might include: refugees, people experiencing mental ill health, ex offenders, disabled people, people seeking employment. Communities might include those that are economically disadvantaged or where there are issues of social cohesion to be addressed. 

The Fund first ran in 2021 and you can get an idea of the kinds of projects funded by reading about the successful applications here.  


The 2023/4 Fund totals £23,000 and is made possible by a single donation to Sea-Changers. We are particularly interested in funding pilot programmes that, following careful evaluation, might be continued, expanded and/or replicated with additional funding in future years (subject to Sea-Changers securing such funding).


We expect to fund between four and seven projects in 2023/4, so grant requests should be in the region of £3,000 - £5,000.  We are looking for new projects to fund so unfortunately previous successful applicants need not apply.


We welcome applications from a wide range of UK based organisations including charities and ‘not-for-profit’ organisations and community groups. We actively encourage applications for projects that may be formed through partnerships between marine conservation organisations and social welfare organisations. As is the case with all of our grants, Sea-Changers is particularly interested in grassroots projects that galvanise community action and in projects that increase the number of people taking action for marine conservation.


The closing date for applications is 22nd December 2023

 How to apply for funding 

  • Please read the Marine Conservation Social Fund Application Guidelines before applying​​. They'll help you decide if your project is eligible and whether you're likely to be in a position to make a successful bid.

  • Complete the Marine Conservation Social Fund Application Form. Use the guidelines document to help you. 

  • Return the application form to The closing date is 22nd December 2023. You will receive an acknowledgement of your application with details of timescales 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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