Inspire Young People to Take Part in Environmental Learning & Action

Inspire Young People to Take Part in Environmental Learning & Action

The Ernest Cook Trust has announced a new funding programme for the environment and youth work sector designed to engage and inspire young people from across England to take part in environmental learning and action.

The Green Influencers Scheme is a project match-funded through the #iwill Fund. The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £25 million seed funding to create the #iwill Fund and The Ernest Cook Trust is acting as a match funder and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.

The scheme will fund 40 Green Mentor posts based in Host Organisations across England until January 2023 to recruit and support groups of young people in environmental social action projects. Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable young people aged 10-14 years to make a positive difference in their communities as well as develop their own skills and knowledge.

The Green Influencers Scheme will fund up to £15,000 per year (around 50% of a full time salary, including on-costs) plus £3,000 for Host Organisation administrative costs. The Ernest Cook Trust would expect to be a part-funder.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 23rd October 2020.