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Our Environment Our Future

Posted on 20 March 2014

Groundwork UK is seeking partners for its bid to be the UK portfolio lead for the Big Lottery Fund’s Our Environment Our Future programme.

This £30m investment aims to:

  • Help more local communities enjoy environmental improvements through activities led by young people
  • Help young people gain new skills relevant to finding jobs, training, volunteering opportunities or starting entrepreneurial projects, that contribute to the green economy
  • Lead to better evidence about how young people can improve their local environment with this evidence used to inform wider policy and practice.

More information about the aims and objectives of Our Environment Our Future can be found at the Big Lottery Fund website 

Groundwork believes this new programme offers an outstanding opportunity to make environmental action more relevant and accessible to all young people, to forge new, sustainable ways of working between the youth and environment sectors and to develop a new generation of environmental decision-makers and influencers.

We are discussing how to respond to this opportunity with colleagues in youth and education organisations, environmental charities, skills bodies and employer representatives. We would be keen to hear from others with an interest in working with us.

An expression of interest form is attached for this purpose.  We recognise that many organisations are considering whether it is more appropriate for them to engage in the programme at the strategic portfolio management level or through seeking to deliver a portfolio project. The EOI allows you to register interest for both.

Please note that funding for individual projects will only be considered once a UK portfolio lead has been engaged by BIG in the summer of 2014. You may also want to share your ideas directly with BIG by clicking here 

If you would like to discuss your ideas in more detail please contact