Applications open for £4m environmental match funding campaign

Match funding platform Big Give is inviting applications from environmental charities to take part in its annual Green Match Fund.

The campaign takes place from April 20-27 and aims to raise £4m for more than 150 participating charities.

“The world is facing a climate crisis, and now more than ever, the charities trying to do something about it are facing serious funding constraints,” said Big Give managing director Alex Day.

“Our Green Match Fund helps to address this, and we hope it will shine a spotlight on this critical area that is often unnoticed by philanthropists.”

The deadline for applications is February 17.

Last year’s inaugural Green Match Fund raised £2.7m involving 13,466 donations. Among the 146 participating charities were Friends of the Earth, Surfers Against Sewage, Young People’s Trust for the Environment and ClientEarth. Last year’s campaign followed a pilot of the fundraising initiative in 2021.

Big Give also runs the annual Christmas Challenge match fundraising push, with raised £28.6m last year, a record for the event. It aims to raise £1bn for good causes by 2030.

Grant makers involved include the Garfield Weston Foundation, Reed Foundation, Childhood Trust and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

It has also been backed by celebrities including Judi Dench, Stephen Fry and Emilia Fox.

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