Government Grants from £50k to £5 Million are Now Available to Help Create Jobs in Nature Recovery and Conservation
David Warburton MP for Somerton and Frome is urging Somerset’s environmental charities and their partners to apply now for the new Green Recovery Challenge Fund, now open for applications.
Part of the government’s wider green economic recovery, the Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a jobs and skills package, offering funding for environmental charities and their partners to start work on projects across England to restore nature and tackle climate change.
Nationwide, the fund will help create up to 3,000 jobs and safeguard up to 2,000 others in areas such as protecting species, finding nature-based solutions to tackling climate change, conservation rangers and connecting people with nature. Up to 100% of project costs will be available.
The fund will be delivered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency. Applicants for over £250k must submit expressions of interest by 24 September and if successful full applications by 26 October. The deadline for applications under £250k is 2 October. The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by bringing forward £10 million from the Nature Recovery Fund and £30 million of Nature for Climate Funding.
David Warburton MP said,
“Somerset enjoys some of the country’s most outstanding rural landscapes, nature reserves, conservation areas and wildlife habitats. The dedication of charities such as Somerset Wildlife Trust, the Carymoor Environmental Trust and The Ninesquare Trust which manages Combe Hill Woods and the Polden Way near Somerton, cannot be underestimated. The work of these organisations and others is vital to help to protect, preserve and support our exceptional natural environments.
The Green Recovery Challenge Fund will create a broad range of jobs including ecologists, surveyors, nature reserve staff and education workers in environment organisations, and support their suppliers in areas such as agricultural engineering, horticulture, and equipment and seed supply, and I hugely encourage our local environment and conservation partners to apply now for this significant new fund.”
All projects must contribute to at least one of the following themes of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund:
- nature conservation and restoration;
- nature-based solutions, particularly focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation such as through tree planting and restoring peatland; and,
- connecting people with nature.
Projects will be favoured that create or retain jobs, creating opportunities and benefits for all ages, including young people. The fund is open to environmental charities and partnerships that include at least one environmental charity, while projects from both rural, urban and inshore marine areas are welcomed.