REWILDING BRITAIN: REWILDING INNOVATION FUND

Grants of up to £15,000 are available for projects in England, Scotland and Wales that remove barriers to rewilding projects. Projects that take an innovative approach to land and marine rewilding are particularly welcomed.
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Application deadline: FRIDAY 30th AUGUST 2024.
o FunderRewilding Britain (founded 2014. Charity number 1159373. Total charitable expenditure for the year ended 31 March 2023: £1,590,482 (2022: £841,477)).
Who can apply: organisations in England, Scotland and Wales that are part of the Rewilding Network (the Network is free to join). Applicants can include community, private and public landowners, as well as managers of rewilding areas on the land and at sea. Partnership proposals are welcomed.
o Key wordsLand Rewilding, Marine Rewilding, Learning, Innovation, England, Scotland, Wales.
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The aim of the Rewilding Innovation Fund is to help remove barriers to rewilding projects within Britain, whether they’re at the early planning stages or want to move a project one step wilder. Rewilding Britain is particularly keen to encourage those who are taking an innovative approach to land and marine rewilding, which will help develop learning and evidence for others within the Rewilding Network (membership is free for rewilders working at all scales). Grants will be awarded to projects with potential for the highest impact for people and nature.

Projects should incorporate rewilding at scale (i.e. more than 40 hectares) according to Rewilding Britain’s rewilding principles. This can be an individual landholding or a cluster of landholdings. It is recommended that applicants who are rewilding on a smaller scale form a group or network to apply.

Around 10 grants are expected to be awarded of up to £15,000 to projects in England, Scotland and Wales. Most grants are expected to be for under £10,000. Grants can be used flexibly, according to a project’s requirements. However, grants cannot be used for capital costs or the purchase of land. Grants must be used with 15 months of a confirmed award.

Grants can be used for such things as (please note that this is not an exclusive list):

o Community engagement activities,
o Developing business plans and strategies.
o Feasibility studies, 
and
o Technological innovations.

Details of previously funded projects are provided on the Rewilding Britain website.

The programme has a 2-stage application process, as follows:

1. Applicants should join the Rewilding Network (membership is free) through the online portal on the Rewilding Britain website.
2. An online application form can then be accessed and submitted.

Please note that shortlisted projects will be invited to present their project to the steering group in a 10-minute online presentation. 

Further information and guidance cab be found on the Rewilding Britain website.

The deadline for applications is Friday 30th August 2024, with decisions expected to be announced in September/October 2024.