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Green Recovery Challenge Fund open for applications

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

The £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund opened for applications on 14 September 2020.

The fund will be delivered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency. It will help conservation organisations and their suppliers create up to 3,000 jobs and safeguard up to 2,000 others. Funding is allocated from two funds announced in the Spring 2020 Budget.

Grants will be available from £50,000 to £5 million. Up to 100% of project costs will be available.

All projects must contribute to at least one of the following themes of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund:

  • Nature conservation and restoration.
  • Nature-based solutions, particularly focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation such as through tree planting and restoring peatland.
  • Connecting people with nature.

Projects will be favoured that create or retain jobs. The fund is open to environmental charities and partnerships that include at least one environmental charity, while projects from both rural, urban and inshore marine areas are welcomed.

The fund will create a broad range of jobs such as ecologists, surveyors, nature reserve staff and education workers in environment organisations, and support their suppliers in areas such as agricultural engineering, horticulture, and equipment and seed supply.

Application deadlines are 24 September 2020 for applications for funding exceeding £250,000, and 26 October 2020 for all other applications.

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Tom Warrender


Tom Warrender


Tom is a Solicitor and Partner with 15 years + experience advising clients in relation to commercial property matters. A Legal 500 recognised lawyer, Tom is a member of SHLA and CRELA, sits on our Board of Management & Heads our Social Housing Team.