The Environmental Funders Network (EFN) is an informal network of trusts, foundations and individuals making grants on environmental and conservation issues. Our mission is to increase the overall level of financial support for environmental causes and to help environmental philanthropy to be as effective as it can be.

A Splendid Torch (cover)EFN periodically publishes reports to inspire and inform donors about environmental philanthropy. Our latest, A Splendid Torch: Interviews with Environmental Funders, is now available.

We invite you to spend time in the company of ten influential donors who have devoted their money, time, skills and passion to tackling some of the most urgent issues we face. Learn about their strategies for ensuring that their giving is as effective as it can be and find out what drives them.

Since it was launched, more than 170 funding organisations have taken part in EFN’s meetings and subscribed to our monthly emails. Some of these organisations are listed under Who’s Involved.

Information for Philanthropists and Funding Organisations

Funders ForumThe EFN organises quarterly lunches and other ad hoc events.  There is no charge for taking part in these events, but they are open to funders only. We also run an annual residential retreat. Events include input from leading experts from the field and opportunities for discussion and networking. If you are a grant-making organisation or individual philanthropist, and you would like to join our mailing list, please contact us.

The EFN also carries out research into patterns of environmental grant-making in the UK, through the Where The Green Grants Went reports available on the Resources page.

This site includes a members only area, which includes information on forthcoming events. If you are a funder and would like access to the members’ sections, please contact us.

Information for Organisations Seeking Funding

Have your sayThe EFN does not hold funds, and does not make grants of any kind. We also do not have the capacity to offer guidance or suggestions to those seeking funds.  Please do not send applications or requests for advice on funding to the contact address given here. We will not respond to them.

If you are looking for funding then you may find it useful to follow the links to the websites of funders featured on the Who’s Involved page, in order to find out more about their work. You may also find some of our resources and links of interest. For more detailed information on funding sources, you may wish to consider the Directory for Social Change’s Environment Funding Guide.

Your comments on the site and the material on it would be greatly appreciated.  The Have Your Say page provides an opportunity for you to post feedback to the site.