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Launch of £50m Scheme to Restore England’s Peatlands

20 May 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A competitive capital grant scheme is open to environmental groups, local authorities, charities, public bodies and landowners undertaking peat restoration projects in England.

The Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme has been set up to support the restoration of degraded peatland in England, backed by over £50 million between 2021 and 2025.

The objectives are to:

  • Reduce emissions from peat by nine megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents cumulatively by 2050.
  • Establish the process of restoring 35,000 hectares of degraded peat in England by March 2025.
  • Provide wider benefits such as improved ecosystems and biodiversity, better water quality, natural flood management, protection of historic environment features, and connecting people with nature.

The scheme will invest over £50 million over the next four years. Two types of grant are available:

Restoration Grant

These grants fund landscape scale restoration work on degraded peatlands. Applicants can normally apply for up to 75% of the total project costs. In exceptional cases, applicants can apply for up to 85% of the cost.

Discovery Grant

These grants support applicants to gather the information they will need to apply for a Restoration Grant in future rounds. Discovery Grants can cover up to 100% of funding.

The scheme is open to environmental groups, local authorities, charities, public bodies, individual landowners and organisations in England. The same applicant can apply for both grants in the same year, as long as each application is for different sites.

Natural England is looking for landscape scale applications that work to restore the whole hydrological unit of a peatland. This is likely to involve a number of sites and landowners, so applications from partnerships are encouraged.

The deadline for applications for the Restoration Grant is 25 June 2021. The first round of the Discovery Grant will open for applications at a date yet to be confirmed.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications for the Restoration Grant is 25 June 2021 (opened on 30 April 2021).

The first round of the Discovery Grant will open for applications at a date yet to be confirmed.

Applicants need to register and apply through Defra’s eSourcing portal.

Those requiring help with the registration process can call 0800 368 4850 or email [email protected]


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For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Natural England
    County Hall
    Spetchley Road
    Worcester
    WR5 2NP
    Tel: 0300 060 3900
    Email: [email protected]
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