Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Wildlife Trust are working as a partnership to deliver this exciting new opportunity to landowners, organisations and communities over the next three years.

Eligibility for Natural Networks

  • Natural Networks can offer support to projects that will directly enhance biodiversity for example, creating wildflower meadows, reedbeds, or new ponds
  • we cannot generally pay for equipment, ongoing management or public access and interpretation
  • the grants are aimed at land that has previously been unable to receive environment grant schemes so sites cannot be eligible for, or already receiving, Countryside Stewardship payments
  • sites need to have free and ongoing public access
  • this can be in terms of Public Rights of Way or more formal status, such as a public park
  • alternatively, applicants must be able to show that the site is regularly and freely open to the public
  • the grants are aimed at small and medium businesses (SMEs), third sector organisations and public bodies (e.g. Local and Parish Councils)

How we can help?

  • Worcestershire County Council will check your eligibility for the scheme
  • Worcestershire Wildlife Trust will then visit your site to carry out a Biodiversity Enhancement Assessment, evaluating its existing biodiversity value and recommending ways to enhance it
  • your project will be presented to an appraisal panel, who will decide whether to award a Natural Networks grant to your project

Grant information

  • Natural Networks can fund up to 45% of a project’s cost
  • the minimum grant payable is £2,000, the maximum grant is £200,000 (which must equal 45% or less of your project cost)
  • grants must be cash-matched
  • payments will be made in arrears and applicants must demonstrate that they have completed works and obtained relevant planning permissions, drainage consents, etc. prior to funds being disbursed
  • funds must be disbursed before the end of June 2021

Who can I contact for more information?

Katie Ainsworth
Programme Manager
Telephone: 01905 843992
Email: sustainability@worcestershire.gov.uk

Lucy Mayo
Programme Assistant
Telephone: 01905 846741
Email: sustainability@worcestershire.gov.uk

How is the Project Funded?

The project is receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. For more information visit the European Growth Funding website (opens in a new window)

Who can I contact for more information?

Katie Ainsworth
Programme Manager
Telephone: 01905 843992
Email: sustainability@worcestershire.gov.uk

Lucy Mayo
Programme Assistant
Telephone: 01905 846741
Email: sustainability@worcestershire.gov.uk

How is the Project Funded?

The project is receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. For more information visit the European Growth Funding website (opens in a new window)

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