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Sea-Changers Scottish Learning Fund 2024

Sponsored by the

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The aim of the new Scottish Learning Fund is to enable early-stage and small community-based marine conservation groups in Scotland to engage in learning, knowledge-sharing, networking and skills development between coastal communities.

There are many examples of marine conservation good practice in Scotland, but there are restricted opportunities to learn and seek advice from one another, share good practice, network and jointly develop skills. We recognise that in-person learning and networking can accelerate the development of community projects and the spread of such good practices.  However, travel between Scotland’s coastal communities, particularly those of the highlands and islands, can be prohibitive for small voluntary and community groups- we seek to address those challenges with this fund.  


The 2024 Fund totals £11,000 and is made possible by a single donation to Sea-Changers by the William Grant Foundation. It is available exclusively to Scottish marine conservation groups. 

About the fund 

Who can apply

We welcome applications from a wide range of Scottish organisations including charities, ‘not-for-profit’ organisations and community groups with a focus on marine conservation.

How we'll assess applications

We'll use the following criteria to assess applications:

  • Clear learning/knowledge-sharing outcomes

  • Value for money

  • Project considers carbon footprint if travel involved

What can you apply for

Grant requests should not generally exceed £750. Costs that may be covered by the fund include, but are not limited to: 

  • Travel - limiting carbon footprint when possible:

    • Avoiding air travel

    • Using public transport - standard class

  • Accommodation

  • Subsistence costs (capped at maximum £25 per day.)

  • Seminar costs

  • Online learning and sharing

    • Example:  Developing a short video case study to share with other groups

    • Example:  Costs associated with hosting an online learning event or webinar


Successful grantees will be expected to share proof of expenditure and complete a brief feedback form on the learning outcomes and proposed next steps, as a result of the learning. 

The closing date for applications is xxxx 2024.

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 How to apply for funding 

  • Return the application form to The closing date is xxxx 2024. 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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