National Lottery Heritage Fund opens £40m environmental grant scheme

Grants of up to £5m are available to projects in England, in areas including conservation and restoration, and connecting people with nature

(Photograph: Greg Krycinski/Pixabay)
(Photograph: Greg Krycinski/Pixabay)

Grants of up to £5m are available to environmental charities and partnerships that include at least one environmental charity for projects in England aimed at restoring nature and tackling climate change.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing the £40m fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency, on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

All projects must contribute to at least one of the following themes: nature conservation and restoration; nature-based solutions particularly focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation; and connecting people with nature. Projects will be favoured that create or retain jobs.

Grants of between £50,000 and £5m are available.

Applications for grants of up to £250,000 must be submitted by midday on 2 October. 

There is a two-step process for applications for more than £250,000, with initial expressions of interest required by midday on 24 September. 

Up to 100 per cent of project costs will be available. 

Ros Kerslake, chief executive of the NLHF, said: “We are committed to supporting the nature and environment sector quickly and effectively through this fund.”

For more information and to apply click here.


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