The Green Recovery Challenge Fund

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a short-term competitive fund to kick-start environmental renewal whilst creating and retaining a range of jobs. It is open to environmental charities and their partners to deliver projects in England.

The aim of the fund is to support projects that are ready to deliver and focus on nature restoration, nature-based solutions and connecting people with nature, delivering against the goals of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan (25YEP), whilst helping to sustain and build capacity in the sector.

The £40million fund has been developed by Defra and its Arm’s-Length Bodies, including Natural England, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency and others. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing and monitoring this government money.

  • Grants of £50,000 – £5million to deliver environmental projects in England
  • Open to environmental charities and their partners
  • Projects must be ready to deliver and funding must be spent by 31 March 2022

The Fund covers three themes:

  1. Nature conservation and restoration, including ecosystem restoration and species recovery;
  2. Nature-based solutions, particularly for climate change mitigation and adaptation; and
  3. Connecting people with nature.

All projects will need to deliver against at least one of these themes, but may contribute to more than one or all of the above.

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is accepting applications for two grant levels:

  • £50,000 – £250,000. Deadline noon 2 October 2020
  • £250,000 – £5million. Deadline for Expressions of Interest noon 24 September 2020

Further information can be found on the Heritage Fund website.

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