In addition to their main programme, from spring 2018 Sea-Changers have announced a specific fund to address marine litter issues. The main objectives of the fund are to:
- Address the root causes of marine litter in the UK.
- Prevent/reduce marine litter impact on UK coastal and marine environments and/or species.
- Add to the body of knowledge about the nature and impact of marine litter in the UK.
Sea-Changers will look favourably on groups applying for projects that:
- Conduct beach cleaning activities
- Can demonstrate connections to existing wider beach clean activities
- Consider potential recycling options for material gathered
One-off grants of up to £600 (in exceptional cases £1,000) are available through normally two funding rounds per year. Approximately 60 per cent of the funding available will support projects in Scotland with 40 per cent going elsewhere in UK.
The next deadline to apply is 30th September 2018.
Marine litter focussed projects previously funded through Sea-Changers include:
- Mill Strand Integrated School, Portrush, Northern Ireland – £300. Having adopted the beach and regularly undertaking litter picking as part of outdoor classroom learning the school aims to help local users and tourists to care for the beach and seas by sponsoring and installing a 2minutebeachclean station.
- Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners (NARC) – £500 to continue the work of this voluntary group of divers with a passion for keeping the underwater environment in Pembrokeshire litter free.