Weston Communicating Climate Programme – Eligibility criteria for applicants

Essential requirements

  • Be a registered charity or; a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO); or an exempt charity working on climate change or the environment (we regret CIC’s are not able to apply).
  • Deliver your work in the UK.
  • Be able to show work on climate change or the environment. We also welcome organisations working on the intersectionality between climate impact and marginalised groups.
  • Have an annual turnover of less than £5 million. While there is no minimum requirement for financials, organisations with an annual turnover of less than £100,000 will need to demonstrate success in communications to date or a strong potential for success.
  • Be able to show most recent accounts and a forecast budget for the coming year.
  • Be able to identify an individual from your organisation who can be a spokesperson on climate and environmental issues for the media training (a staff member or coordinator of your projects and programmes).
  • Have a member of staff who is responsible for communications – even if this is part of another role e.g., CEO, comms or fundraising manager etc.
  • Be able to commit to having a staff member attend every session of the programme. Organisations can rotate their representatives who participate in the programme but a consistent person is preferable for maximum benefit.
  • Demonstrate the active support of the senior leadership team and/or trustees for the programme.


In addition to these above requirements, we are also interested in organisations that:

  • Have strong evidence of success in their field e.g., through case studies, public feedback or other recognition
  • Already have some communications systems in place and can describe how the programme will help them make progress in this area.
  • Face barriers to strategic communications (e.g., lack of funding, staffing, digital literacy).
  • Have faced challenges because of Covid-19, or whose programme or projects have suffered because of the pandemic
  • Work done to support greater access to environment projects for marginalised groups, if applicable.
  • Where the organisation operates in the UK, e.g. city or region
  • Number of beneficiaries reached and/or range of projects undertaken per year.

To find out more about the programme and submitting your application, sign up to our Online Q&A session on 9 February at 10am – 11am (GMT) here.

If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria, please contact our Project Manager Ceri at [email protected].

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