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



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.

What type of projects do we fund?

Sea-Changers is particularly interested in grassroots projects which galvanise community action and in projects which 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 Sea-Changers’ grant will be used to fund and 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.



How are applications evaluated?

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

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?

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?

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?

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 is addressing and/or for marine conservation issues in general?

Innovation and Creativity

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