What to include with your application

EOCA is currently accepting applications from 1 - 30 November 2018, for funding in spring 2019. The focus of this funding round is plastic clean up projects; on beaches, rivers, lakes, mountains and trails. Projects must also meet all EOCA's other criteria for a conservation project. Applications for projects which do not have a significant element of clean up work will not be considered in this funding round and should not be submitted until June 2019.

All applications MUST be completed in English.  Please include with your application:
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  • A copy of some documentation that proves your organisation is registered, non profit. 
  • 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 November 2018.  If you would like to see the 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 12 - 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 Association’s main goal is not only to make a difference by raising funds to put something back into the environment, but also to inform and educate all those who use the outdoors as their playground.
Holger Bismann, EOCA President 2008-11