United Utilities has created a dedicated Catchment Systems Thinking (CaST Account), with a total value of £300,000, available to support charitable organisations in delivering catchment based projects in the North West, specifically within United Utilities operating area. Eligible projects will be evaluated against two main criteria:
Engagement with nature: ability to demonstrate a social element to the activity, such as community engagement in delivery or educational focus.
Promoting natural capital markets: ability to demonstrate engagement of commercial interests in at least some of their funding and/or using markets to bring together potential funders of interventions with those who can deliver them.
A full outline of the principles of the CaST Account is below, as well as an application form. Please ensure you read all of the below details thoroughly before completing our CaST Account Application Form (PDF 104 KB opens in a new window).
Principles of the CaST Account
The CaST Account will operate in line with the following overarching principles:
- The CaST Account will only be available to organisations who hold charitable status. For multi-partner projects, the lead partner must hold charitable status. For these purposes, lead partners refers to the organisation that is ultimately responsible for ensuring delivery of the objectives of the project, as set out in the application form.
- Funding will be capped at £50,000.00 maximum per organisation (note that where there are multiple organisations involved in a project they will be treated as a single organisation for the purpose of calculating the funding available to them and the number of applications permitted to be made for a project).
- Organisations are permitted to make multiple applications for different projects, however only one application can be made per project and the total combined value of all applications made by an organisation over all projects cannot exceed £50,000.00.
- If an organisation submits multiple applications for different projects, each application will be evaluated and assessed independently, not as a collective.
- Funding must be utilised to support delivery of interventions. Projects that are solely research and development will not be considered.
- Projects must be delivered within the North West of England, specifically within United Utilities’ operating area, and support in delivery of United Utilities' outcomes.
- All bids must include a clear project plan with spend profile, milestones and deliverables.
- All successful projects will receive funding in a minimum of three instalments: initial payment, interim payment and final payment on completion. Bids should indicate a timeframe for each of these payments.
- If a total project bid exceeds £25,000.00 and /or 18 month total duration, bids should consider within their spend profile additional milestones with additional payment instalments.
- Projects must be completed on or before 31/03/2023.
Criteria specific principles are as follows: