Financial assistance may be offered to support special activities that conserve, enhance, restore or create habitats or features that sustain our biodiversity. Examples might include the creation of a wildlife pond, site interpretation, erecting bat and bird boxes, one-off habitat management (e.g. starting off a meadow management or creation project) or funding specialist surveys that lead onto further project delivery work.
The scheme is no longer a grant giving initiative but will continue to have partnership working at it’s core. It has been re-focussed as a project fund that is in place to facilitate wildlife conservation in a broad sense.
Who can apply?
Eligibility for support by the Council will be decided by the Ecology Officer and the Conservation and Design Manager. The Wildlife Enhancement Scheme exists primarily to support parish councils, conservation bodies and community groups. Profit-making bodies will not normally be eligible unless the biodiversity interest is separate from the business aspect or if there is a special case (such as enhancing farmland). Private individuals may be eligible for support and should discuss any projects with the Ecology Officer in the first instance.
Community orchard projects and tree & hedge schemes will be funded through the existing Community Chest Grants scheme.
When can I apply?
Partnership projects can be considered at any time of year as support is offered on a first-come-first-served basis.
How much can be applied for?
The level of financial support offered will be decided by the Ecology Officer and the Conservation and Design Manager depending on the beneficial outcome of a specific project and resources available. It may be possible to fully support some schemes (i.e. provide 100% funding).
It is unlikely that grants of over £100 will be offered to private individuals where there is no direct benefit to the public unless significant funding has already been secured.
At times it has been possible to provide support greater than £2500. Please discuss the level of funding with the Ecology Officer in the first instance. Preference to funding support will be given to those projects with the greatest beneficial support to wildlife and communities.
What information do I need to supply?
Before submitting any project for support by the Council you should discuss your project with the Ecology Officer to check your eligibility. There is no specific application form to complete. However, through discussion with the Ecology Officer you are likely to be asked to provide the following:
Will support for a partnership project be subject to conditions?
Yes, we will seek to control how you use any financial contribution offered in order to ensure that it is put to effective use. Specific conditions will be included in a formal offer letter. Conditions are likely to cover the following areas:
What is not eligible?
What types of projects has the Council supported in the past?
Other organisations providing funding
Telephone: 01954 713402 (direct dial) / 03450 450 500 (contact centre)
Fax: 01954 713152
Conservation and Design Service
South Cambridgeshire Hall
Cambourne Business Park
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