What to include with your application

EOCA accepts applications twice a year: from 1 - 15 June for funding in the AUTUMN, and from 1 - 15 November for funding in the following SPRING.

EOCA has a TWO stage application process. Firstly, a short application form - this will appear on our website on 1 June and 1 November. Once completed this is to be emailed to EOCA - no further documentation is needed at this stage. You will receive an email confirming safe receipt.

IF your project is then selected to our second stage, we will email you and request that you complete a FULL application form which must also include the following list of documents: 

(Please also note that all applications MUST be completed in English.)

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  • A copy of some documentation that proves your organisation is registered, non-profit. Please also highlight the relevant section within the document and, if applicable, provide an English translation.
  • At least one (preferably two) reference / letter of recommendation from an organisation that has provided funding to you in the past and you would not mind us contacting, if your project is shortlisted.  The letter must outline how they have funded you in the past and how they worked with you.
  • A budget for the amount you have applied for in Euros (€): how exactly will the funds be used? This should include details of how the rest of the project will be funded - where will the remaining funds come from? Please note we will not pay for ongoing staff costs (such as pension / insurance etc) or office overheads (electricity, heating, stationery etc). The budget does not need to be very detailed, but give an outline of how the project is broken down and where the funding for each section will be coming from. 
  • If the undertaking of the project is dependent on securing other grants / funding as well as one from EOCA, or will not go ahead without other funding being obtained, please make this point clear on your budget spreadsheet.
  • If you are able to access match funding, or further funding from a different source due to a grant being made from EOCA, please also give details of this in your application form.
  • Short documents (2-3 pages, no more!) with some images of the project area and showing the issue / problem, as well as a map of where it is all located, would also be very useful!
The online application form will appear on 1 June and 1 November.  If you would like to see the type of questions asked on the form before that time, please click on the link in 'Related Resources' you will see to the right.

If you have applied to EOCA in the past and have either been unsuccessful more than once or received funding recently, please do check the attached 'Policy on Applying for Funding' document to see if you are eligible to apply again.


Example budget

  EOCA EU Funding Other Funding
Purchase and replanting of native tree and plant species €13,500  €1,000  
Clearing invasive species €2,500   €2,000
Identifying and creating new section of trail €3,000    
Restoring damaged sections of existing trail and removing plastic waste €2,000    
Educational and community workshops €2,000    
Production of walking and information map €2,000 €3,000  
Promotional campaign     €5,000
Project coordinator   €6,000 €6,000
Total Costs €25,000 €10,000 €13,000
Finally, please ensure you give careful thought to the objectives you include. All grants awarded are for the time period of up to 24 months, and if you are successful, the grant will be given in 3 stages over the course of the time period. Each new stage of funding will be given as it can be shown that the objectives of the project are being met - therefore the objectives must be obvious and easily measurable. How will you evaluate the success of your objectives? For example - "Purchase and planting of 2,500 native saplings" is an easily measurable objective. “Educate school children about climate change” is not.

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“The excitement we felt at hearing we had been awarded EOCA funding for the Fix the Fells project has now been matched by our excitement at seeing the completion of the vital path repair works to two of our most stunning Lakeland fells; Scafell Pike and Striding Edge on Helvellyn. Thanks to the money generously given by EOCA these two popular routes are now fighting fit for the future.”

Ruth Kirk, Nurture Lakeland