How and where to go for funding for species and habitat improvement projects workshop

The Aire and Calder Catchment Partnership are running a series of workshops to aid our Catchment Champions in their role. One of these workshops focussed on how and where to go for funding for species and habitat improvement projects; with Caroline Thorogood (Yorkshire Wildlife Trust) and Keith Davies (Environment Agency) as guest speakers.
The workshop covered the following priority areas:
1. Identifying the funder & available funding streams
2. Writing the bid
3. Top Tips

Identifying the funder

To identify the best funder for your project you need to know the what, where, who, when and how’s of your project. Before applying for fund you must be a constituted group or organisation e.g. a community or voluntary group, or a social enterprise etc. Environment Agency funding streams

FIP – To apply for this funding stream your project must provide angling benefits and involve other partners. To apply contact your local Environment Agency fisheries officer.

WEIF – To apply for Water Environment Improvement Fund work with your Catchment Co-ordinator to get your project onto the Environment Programme Medium Term Plan.

WEG – The Water Environment Grant is an EU funding stream facilitated by the Environment Agency. The aim of the funding is to deliver WFD deliverables with rural benefits. A workshop about the funding stream will be held on the 24th March and will provide more information about the funding and application process.

Other external funding streams include:
Landfill Community Fund, Business Community Funds, Heritage Lottery, Big Lottery, Charitable Trusts and other partners.
For more information about these funding streams please visit the appropriate websites.


Writing the bid

What do you need to include?

1. Basic facts about you and your group/organisation
2. Title and project summary
3. Need, Evidence, Activity and Outcomes
4. The budget – Make as accurate as possible, get quotes where possible.
5. Sustainability – What is your long term plan after funding finishes?
6. Supporting documents – Get these as early as possible!


Top Tips

Here are the top tips when applying for funding:
• Build a relationship with your grant officers and partners, they are human after all.
• Give yourself ample time to apply and gather your supporting documents.
• Make sure you proof read your application!
• If you do not succeed, don’t give up – ask for feedback, review your project and try again.
• Once funding is secured – remember you still need to deliver your project.