The John Spedan Lewis Foundation (JSLF) is focused on the personal interests of John Spedan Lewis (1885-1963), the founder of the John Lewis Partnership, who was a keen naturalist. The Foundation was founded in 1964 following Spedan’s death.

This fund aims to support natural history and wildlife conservation projects and activities, such as research, habitat conservation and restoration, nature education, and community action/engagement with nature.

Grants of between £2,000 and £30,000 are available.

JSLF are looking to make a significant contribution to the project with no less than 50% of the total costs being requested. UK-based registered charities with an annual income of less than £1 million for which natural history topics are explicitly stated among their charitable purposes, including wildlife conservation, entomology, and ornithology, can apply.

Applicants must provide:

  • A detailed breakdown of requested project costs.
  • The financial summary pages from the charity’s latest annual report (one to three pages only, not the full report).
  • An income and expenditure schedule for the current year.
  • A download of the charity’s entry in the national charity regulator’s database (eg Charity Commission report).
  • Written confirmation signed by the chief executive officer of the organisation confirming that DBS checks (or PVG checks in Scotland) have been and will be carried out on all staff or volunteers working with children or vulnerable adults (exempt organisations must provide a detailed explanation for the exemption, signed by the chief executive officer).
  • A copy of the organisation’s whistleblowing policy and safeguarding policy, signed by the chief executive officer.

Charities with an annual income of more than £1 million are not eligible for funding.

Funding is for projects that fall within the following themes:

  • Research.
  • Habitat conservation.
  • Habitat restoration and rewilding.
  • Environment education.
  • Community action and engagement in nature.

Support for more general operational costs can be considered if the applicant can provide evidence that:

  • The funding will make a substantial difference to the capabilities of the organisation to deliver on its strategy (with a clear rationale for this).
  • The funded organisation’s purpose and impact reflect a key strategic focus area for JSLF funding.
  • The organisation is effective in its work and well managed.

The next deadline for applications is 31 July 2023.

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