Small grants scheme for community nature projects now open!

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fund for Nature has been established by a generous grant from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and is being managed by Natural Cambridgeshire. Working in partnership with the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, a small capital grants scheme offering up to £5000 per grant has been launched to enable communities across the county to improve nature where they live.

The Fund is inviting applications for nature projects that will do one or more of the following:

  • increase biodiversity and key wildlife habitats;
  • increase community cohesion by helping local people to understand, appreciate and enjoy their natural spaces more;
  • promote public health and wellbeing;
  • create resilient countryside and communities, where nature is at the heart of the approach to addressing climate change;
  • champion examples of best practice for sustainable development and management of green open space.

The deadline for the first round is 1st November 2023; the deadline for the second round will be 1st May 2024.

For further details on eligibility and how to apply for a grant please visit Cambridgeshire Community Foundation’s application portal which can be found here, or email info@cambscf.org.uk for further guidance.

If you would like to make a donation to augment the funds available to support community-led local nature recovery projects in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, including for a specific geographical area or for a particular habitat type or species, please email fund@naturalcambridgeshire.org.uk and we would be happy to discuss this further with you.

Photo: Teachers and pupils of Wheatfields School, St Ives, volunteers from St Ives in Bloom and St Ives EcoAction, and Huntingdonshire District Council’s Grounds Team working in partnership to sow wildflower mix on Wheatfields Recreation area near Wheatfields School, St Ives, Spring 2022. Credit: St Ives EcoAction