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Investible Projects

Biodiversity Community Grant Fund

Intervention

We are looking for investors to support innovative local solutions to increasing biodiversity. We would love to talk to businesses who want to support a small community grant scheme that will help strengthen and support habitats, sites and species that are native to the landscape of the Lake District. 

Methodology

We will work with your business to develop specific grant criteria on any aspect of biodiversity. For example, grants to support communities to: develop grasslands, plant native species, reduce carbon outputs; increase recycling; conserve water; develop green infrastructure; improve sustainable transport. The Lake District Foundation will administer and promote the programme, engage with communities, and measure impact. 

Investment Needed  

  • £15,000 – £30,000   

Impact

  • More joined up and resilient habitats 
  • Improved function of ecosystems 
  • More engaged and informed communities 

Return On Investment

  • Meet your specific ESG/CSR goals 
  • Raise your profile – branded grant scheme 
  • Engage with communities 
  • Enhanced brand image 
  • Tax deductible donation 

Real Hedge Fund

Hedgerows are an integral part of the Cumbrian countryside, with deep and significant cultural and historical importance. Small but mighty, hedges are an essential home, food source and shelter for wildlife. With your investment we can continue our mission for a vibrant corridor of biodiversity across the Cumbrian landscape. 

Intervention  

Hedgerow planting across the Lake District and Cumbria.  

Methodology 

Provision of small grants to deliver hedgerow planting, funding community groups and organisations to recruit volunteers to plant and maintain hedgerows. The Lake District Foundation will develop, administer, and measure the impact of the programme. 

Investment needed:  

  • £100,000 – entire grant scheme to plant or restore 4kms of hedgerows in the Lake District and Cumbria.  
  • £15,000 – to deliver a Hedgerow survey.  
  • £25– to plant and protect a new metre of hedgerow using saplings and fencing (not sure if this cost would be higher with coordination, volunteering etc).  

Impact 

  • Crop and soil protection  
  • Pollination 
  • Wind barrier  
  • Livestock shelter  
  • Wildlife haven  
  • Carbon storage 

Return on investment 

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): By investing with us you can have a positive impact on the community 
  • Brand visibility and image 
  • Environmental stewardship – meeting ESG priorities.  

 

Woodland Creation

Intervention: 

Community tree planting initiatives across the Lake District 

Methodology:

Provision of small grants to community groups and organisations to recruit volunteers to plant and maintain trees. The Lake District Foundation will develop, administer, and measure the impact of the programme. 

Impact:

Trees are one of the best nature-based solutions to climate change. 

  • More engaged communities 
  • Improved air quality 
  • Carbon reduction 
  • Improved water quality 
  • Improved local skill base 

Investment:

Sponsorship of 2 hectares plus maintenance £25,000 

0.5 hectare of community woodland £5000 

Purchase of trees to cover 0.5 hectare £2000  

People upskilling and planting £1000 

Maintenance days £1000 

Or donate £50. £100, £500, £1000 now to support the LDF fund 

 

Return on Investment

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): By investing with us you can have a positive impact on the community an 
  • Brand visibility and image 
  • Environmental stewardship:  meeting ESG priorities.  
  • Tourism and recreation enhancement 
  • Partnerships and collaboration – strengthening links with local communities 
  • Tax deductible donations 

To explore investment opportunities, contact Steve via [email protected] 

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