Become Green Together

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Our offer

We’re inviting VCSE organisations in the North East of England and Cumbria to join Become Green Together, a training cohort in environmental sustainability, running from November 2022- September 2023. The benefits will include:

  • Subsidised costs for membership of Investors in the Environment (iiE) and their Bronze level accreditation based on size of organisation (see below) for one year. This includes access to the iiE website and resources, additional
    training/briefing events on various elements of the iiE framework and its requirements,
    access to specific support and auditing of organisational progress in order to receive iiE
    Bronze accreditation.
  • Subsidised costs for using the Smart Carbon Calculator based on size of organisation (see below), and training on reducing your carbon footprint via a Carbon Footprinting, Managing and Reporting course (1 day or 2 x half days).
  • Additional support from our VCAA Carbon Champions in measuring your carbon footprint
    and developing your action plan to become more sustainable.
  • Access to a peer support network, where you can learn alongside other VCSE organisations with similar needs.
  • The opportunity to request additional webinars, briefings, training events and resources
    from the Going Green Together programme and our partners Smart Carbon and Genee.

If you wish to take part but there are financial barriers to do so, you can enquire about bursaries by emailing us before you apply. Email with the subject line Become Green Together bursary. You can find out more details about the bursary scheme on our blog.

Fees: SmartCarbon Training and access to carbon calculator (including VAT)

Organisation size
Subsidised Cost
Normal cost
Under 10 staff or under £2m turnover
£93.15 (save 80%)
Under 50 staff or under £10m turnover
£378 (save 55%)

Fees: Investors in the Environment Membership & Accreditation

Organisation size
Subsidised Cost
Normal Cost (inc. VAT)
Under 50 staff
£210.28 (save 73%)
50+ staff
£1003.75 (save 46%)
250+ staff
£1338.34 (save 28%)
250+ staff and greater than £10m turnover
£4860 (save 19%)

Total Cost of Courses

Organisation size
Subsidised Cost
Normal Cost
Under 50 staff, under £2m turnover
£303.43 (save 75%)
Under 50 staff, £2-£10m turnover
£588.28 (save 64%)
Over 50 staff, £2-£10m turnover
£1381.75 (save 49%)
Over 250 staff, £2-£10m turnover
£1716.34 (save 36%)
Over 250 staff, over £10m turnover
£5238 (save 23%)

Please note that these subsidised costs cover membership in iiE and use of the Smart Carbon dashboard over the 12-month period this programme covers. Organisations wishing to use these resources beyond the programme will be responsible for meeting the ongoing costs.  We would advise organisations to begin to include environmental sustainability costs such as these as part of their ongoing core costs in organisational budgets.

Your commitment to the programme

Going Green Together has been awarded funding to deliver this pilot programme in order to build a foundation for climate action in the VCSE sector, and to learn how best to achieve this in future projects. When you apply to join this cohort, we therefore ask that you ensure at least one member of your organisation is available for:

  • Events, briefings, training courses, webinars from November 2022 onwards (1-2 days)
  • Carbon Footprinting & Reporting course (1 day)
  • Supporting organisational work towards the iiE Bronze accreditation (10+ days depending on scale/complexity of organisation)
  • Collecting, collating and inputting data for the Smart Carbon carbon calculator (5-10 days
    depending on scale/complexity of organisation)
  • Involvement in peer learning sessions and other monitoring/evaluation/learning activities (1-2 days).

Your organisation also needs to commit to paying the fees for accessing the SmartCarbon calculator and Investors in the Environment framework as outlined above.

How to apply

Applications are closed as of 1st February. We will be re-opening applications in the future, which involves filling out a quick and simple form about your organisation.

To apply to join this cohort, please fill out the following form. Please note that spaces are not guaranteed, as we are required to ensure that participating organisations are from a diverse range of geographical areas, organisational scales and different carbon-intensity activities e.g. transport, office, housing.

If you require a bursary to cover the costs of the course, please email with the subject line Become Green Together bursary before filling out the form below. We can then make sure a bursary is assigned to you before you apply. Bursaries will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The current round of applications is open until Tuesday 31st January. To ensure you are able to enjoy all the benefits of being in the cohort, we recommend applying as soon as possible.

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How does this form work?

  1. Apply for the programme using the form
  2. We'll review your form and make a decision as soon as possible
  3. We'll let you know if you've been chosen for the programme

Who is this form for?

All VCSEs working in Cumbria and the North East of England.