The Shoosmiths Foundation, a grant-making body managed by law firm Shoosmiths, has launched a new funding round inviting charity applications for projects in the UK that advance a carbon net zero UK aligned with a just transition.
Advancing net zero and creating a socially mobile world are among Shoosmiths’ ESG priorities, and funding is being provided to assist charities with similar aspirations.
The Foundation will distribute grants of between £25,000 and £50,000 to the successful applicants. The window for applications will be closed Monday 26 February 2024 or sooner once sufficient quality applications have been received. Applications are also encouraged from small charities.
On this occasion the Shoosmiths Foundation welcomes applications from charities that work in any of the following areas:
- A just transition within a net zero context - so supporting people disproportionately impacted by climate change. Applications will be invited where, for example, people are being given skills so that they are not left behind as the UK moves towards a decarbonised economy
- Provide skills development for UK carbon net zero relevant roles
- Provide net zero awareness and training for specific groups working in the UK e.g., workplace, specific professions
- Provide assistance to vulnerable members of the community to assist them to switch to renewable energy sources for their home energy consumption
- Assist charities to switch to renewable energy source/s for their property/ies where they operate from may form part of but must not be the sole scope of the application
Nicola Ellen, chair of the Shoosmiths Foundation Grants Committee said: "We are pleased to announce this new funding round which is aligned with our strategy to become a net zero business across our value chain by 2040. Shoosmiths wants to support charities that are making a difference in this area.
“We are therefore looking for innovative and impactful projects that can demonstrate clear outcomes including measurable reductions in UK baseline greenhouse gas emissions."
The Foundation's latest funding round builds on its achievements in the last two years, supporting social mobility focused work undertaken by charities EveryYouth, Street League and most recently JERICHO.
For more information about the Shoosmiths Foundation, eligibility criteria, application form and how to apply, please visit the Shoosmiths Foundation page or email [email protected].