We wish to encourage projects that will conserve and enhance the natural heritage of the National Park and promote understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities.
The Scheme is open to any individual business (including land managers), organisation (excluding publicly funded government agencies), or community or voluntary group, providing that they have the right to undertake the proposals (e.g. for site-based proposals, the applicant must own or manage the land involved or have the landowner’s agreement).
Project proposals from businesses will be considered only where the public benefits can be clearly demonstrated. Eligible agricultural or forestry businesses must be classified as a “small or medium sized enterprise”.
Grants are available to assist with payments towards capital works, equipment, labour and/or professional fees required to develop and implement projects that conserve and enhance the natural heritage of the National Park, and/or promote understanding and enjoyment its special qualities. It does not provide on-going management or maintenance payments.
We are inviting projects costing between £500-£20,000. For individual organisations, community or voluntary groups or businesses not involved in agricultural or forestry production, payments may be made up to 100% of the total eligible costs of proposals. Funds, however, are limited, so these amounts are not guaranteed as levels will depend on the number and quality of successful applications.
To comply with the European Commission’s (EC) state aid regulations (Articles 29 of EC Regulation 702/2014), payments direct to an agricultural or forestry producer, or to an individual, community or voluntary group or organisation where the proposals will be implemented on land owned by an agricultural producer, are restricted to the eligible costs and maximum rates of aid outlined in our full Explanatory Notes.
We are encouraging expressions of interest for projects that will:
Previous projects have included small scale, riverside and parkland tree planting.
Read the guidelines
Please read the guidelines above. Projects that deliver multiple benefits to the National Park will be supported. Priority will be given to projects that meet Outcomes in the National Park Partnership Plan and Priorities set out in your local Community Action Plan (click on the green community action plan box).
Expression of Interest – submissions now closed
We’re keen to see ideas at an early stage, so the first step was to submit an Expression of Interest by Friday, 8 September. We asked you to explain your project and will now assess it against criteria.
We will inform you of the outcome of the Expression of Interest stage by Friday, 22 September 2017. The highest scoring applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed Application. At this stage, you will need to submit a fully worked-up proposal, including quotes for costs or services, by Friday, 20 October 2017.