Funding Round-up – Environment (part 2), May 2023

Here is another collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations focusing on environment themes aimed at helping charities continue work.

Due to the varying nature and progress of public policies and other related activity, MVA do advise that some of the information below may have changed since the time of its issue, and whilst every effort has been made to provide up-to-date details, they ask that readers please check with each organisation’s website for the latest news.

Rewilding Innovation Fund Reopens for 2023
Community groups, public, and private landowners in the UK can apply for funding from Rewilding Britain to develop or scale-up rewilding projects on land or at sea.

Rewilding Britain is offering grants to help remove barriers to rewilding projects across Britain, whether they are at the early planning stage or wish to expand on pre-existing projects.

The Rewilding Innovation Fund will support works that could potentially unlock further funding or move a project in scale, which can include:
  • Developing a social prescribing and community outreach programme run from a nature-based campsite
  • Community forest planting and restoration
  • Modelling carbon capture
  • A feasibility study to identify potential areas for seagrass restoration, and
  • A tree seeding experiment
Funding can be used to cover costs including:
  • Business plans and strategies
  • Community engagement activities or co-design
  • Feasibility studies, and
  • Technological innovations
The funders advise interested parties should first become a member of the Rewilding Network before submitting a full application.

The next deadline for applications is 31st May 2023, with another date to be announced later this year.

More information and how to apply is available at the Rewilding Britain website.

Funding to Protect and Improve the Land through Countryside Stewardship
The UK Government are offering financial incentives for farmers, foresters, and land managers to look after and improve the environment.

The Government says the main purpose for Countryside Stewardship is for the protection and enhancement of the natural environment. This includes biodiversity (the diversity of wildlife) and water quality.

The funding is offered through The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) in collaboration with Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and other agencies.

The funding organiser are currently offering different strands of funding to applications, of which the process has been designed to be simpler and easier to apply for.

The strands include:
  • Woodland Management Plan (WMP) Grant - available for farmers and other land managers in England to help them develop woodland management plans.
  • Woodland Tree Health (WTH) Grants - to help restock or improve woodland after tree health problems.
  • Capital Grants - available to farmers and other land managers in England for capital works (with the intention to deliver specific environmental benefits) in three areas:
    • Boundaries,
    • Trees and Orchards, or
    • Water and Air quality

Launched in January 2023, the Funding organisers say the grants can be applied for at anytime.

More information and how to apply can be found at the Government website.

If you would like to see coverage of specific funding or grant rounds to help your charity, your project, your community group or enterprise, you can get in touch by email at, you can also contact MVA via the website.