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What we fund

Please note that the application deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting applications for the National Park Grant Scheme 2020/21. 

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 COVID19 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 National Park Grant Scheme in 2020/21 is assisting our communities and land managers 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. Whilst the scheme is open to a wide range of applications that deliver the 13 National Park Partnership Plan Outcomes, applications that deliver against Outcome 1 Natural Capital and Outcome 3 Climate Change will be particularly welcome and more likely to be successful.

Individuals, businesses, 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 2019, we made 13 grant offers totalling £84,500 to support a range of exciting projects.

Download our assessment criteria below to see how if your project can help us to deliver benefits towards the outcomes in our National Park Partnership Plan.

The scheme will support projects that

  • Help address the global climate emergency and nature crisis.
  • Deliver multiple outcomes in the National Park Partnership Plan 2018-23.
  • Deliver priorities in your local Community Action Plan.
  • Demonstrate deliverability and funding capabilities.
  • Find out more about the kind of projects we will support.

How much money is available?

The total budget for the 2020/21 National Park Grant Scheme is £107,000 of which:

  • £100,000 is for capital projects. This includes projects that produce a physical asset, such as repairs to a building, 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.
  • £1,000 of the total budget is for revenue projects, such as non-project-specific volunteer/staff training or staff costs relating to the project.
  • £6,000 is for revenue expenditure to support the organisational capacity and resilience of Community Anchor Bodies, like development trusts, to plan, grow, research and collaborate in order to stimulate community-led action and deliver long-term sustainability in a post-pandemic world. The criteria and administration of this fund will change slightly this year, and will be administered independently by the National Park Authority’s Community Team, who will be in touch with community trusts directly.

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

Awards will be given of at least £600 and up to a maximum of £20,000.  The overall project can be of any size and there is no maximum project cost.

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

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