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    Invitation to tender: Communications support for community-led freshwater campaigns

    We are seeking a PR and Comms agency to support an informal network of community-led freshwater campaign groups who share our goal of improving and protecting freshwater environments, and whose voice and work are critical to achieving it.

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    Our commitment and strategy to be net zero

    We have made a commitment that our investment portfolio will be net zero in terms of carbon emissions by 2040 at the latest.

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    Training opportunities with Funding Plus

    We're in the process of developing a training programme for the year ahead as part of our Funding Plus support. The training will be available to organisations we fund, with dates confirmed by the end of March.

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    Understanding impact in social investments

    Understanding the impact of our social investments is critical for our learning and ensuring that we are an effective investor. In a new report, we outline how we assess the difference each social investment is intended to make, how we track its progress over time, and how that shapes our learning as an investor.

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    Temporary closure to applications in A Fairer Future

    As we develop our strategy for A Fairer Future, we will close to new applications - in funding priorities for A Fairer Future only - from January to May 2022. We remain open to applications in Our Natural World and Creative, Confident Communities.

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    Environmental Finance and Learning Fund

    Together with the Environmental Funders Network (EFN), we have launched a collaborative Environmental Finance and Learning Fund to help unlock significant new funding for nature recovery.

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    Young People Leaving Care funding: Insights from our Learning Programme

    As part of our support for organisations we fund through our Young People Leaving Care funding, we commissioned a Learning Programme to facilitate learning, collaboration and alliances between the funded organisations, and with Esmée ourselves. This Insights report outlines our approach and what we've learned so far.

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    Supporting capacity and capability of organisations working to improve freshwater environments

    To help us make progress towards our impact goal of ‘clean and healthy freshwater’, we commissioned the Cardiff University Water Research Institute to undertake a review of organisations working to restore the freshwater environment across the UK.

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    Building an impact-first social investment strategy

    We outline what our impact-first approach to social investment means in practice, and we share what we’ve learned, both the challenges and opportunities, from its evolution.

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