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What we fund

Please note that the application deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications for the Green Recovery Fund. 

Helping to deliver a Green Recovery

We want to support a Green Recovery where people are taking and inspiring action to address the global climate emergency and nature crisis. This also presents an opportunity to support our communities, land managers and businesses to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, as there are many things we all will be doing differently. The connection that many of us have with our local environment and community is now even stronger.

Our top priority for the Green Recovery Fund in 2021/22 is assisting all our stakeholders to deliver local actions that help address the global climate emergency and nature crisis.  Helping to create a healthier and more resilient natural environment is mutually beneficial for nature and people.

Individuals, businesses, land managers, public bodies and constituted voluntary/community groups or charities can all apply. Applicants do not need to be based within the National Park, provided that the project is delivered within the National Park.

In 2020/2021, we offered 11 agreements totalling £94,070.22.

The Green Recovery Fund will support projects that:

  • Demonstrate positive outcomes by tackling the climate emergency and nature crises.
  • Help deliver a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting economic activity, creating sustainable jobs and skills.
  • Tackle the key pressures from high volumes of visitors, such as traffic and littering.
  • Support place based improvements that respond to the needs of communities and visitors.
  • Support effective and empowered community organisations to deliver positive outcomes for people and place.

How much money is available?

A total of £250,000 is available to cover:

  • Capital projects – this includes projects that produce a physical asset, building a bridge, or contribute towards producing a physical asset, such as training relating to the capital project or a technical/feasibility study or design for a capital project.
  • Revenue projects, such as non-project-specific volunteer/staff training or staff costs relating to the project.
  • Revenue support towards strengthening organisational capacity and resilience of community organisations (like development trusts and community councils), and to stimulate community-led action and deliver long-term sustainability in a post-pandemic world. This year we are also providing support to develop Community Place Plans.

The National Park Authority reserves the right to change the overall budget.

Each grant award can be for a minimum of £1,000 and a guideline maximum of £30,000, inclusive of any VAT the applicant is unable to recover.  However higher awards of up to £100,000 may be considered for exceptional projects that will deliver significantly for the green recovery grant scheme priorities listed above.

Please note, this is a highly competitive scheme with a limited budget and you may not receive 100% of your requested funding.

You can download the application form below. The form may open in a new tab. If this happens, please save the file to your desktop before filling in your details. You can then submit your completed form to us via email at

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