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  • Neighbourhood Ecosystem Fund

    Created: 23/05/2024
    News/Events Category: Funding and Finance
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    The Neighbourhood Ecosystem Fund is now open for applications. 

    The Fund seeks to inspire, encourage, and enable communities to explore and deliver ambitious ecosystem restoration projects locally. It also seeks to raise awareness about the importance of local ecosystem restoration and address barriers faced by community-led efforts. 

    This Fund is supported by the Carman Family Foundation, the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund, which is managed by NatureScot, and others. Inspiring Scotland is administering this funding. 

    Community groups can apply for up to £13,500, with successful applicants receiving up to £1,500 in professional fundraising support in addition to their grant. 

    Who can apply

    To apply for this funding, you must be a not-for-profit community-led organisation based in a specific geographic area in Scotland.

    Your project must focus on one (or more) parts of ecosystem restoration. These are:

    • Connecting nature corridors
    • Habitat and species restoration
    • Freshwater and wetland restoration
    • Coastal and marine initiatives
    • Control of invasive non-native species impacting on nature
    • Enhancing and connecting nature within villages, towns, or cities

    Please read the Guidance Notes to find out more about the fund and check you are eligible to apply to the fund. They also have an Easy Read version. 

    How to apply

    If you think you are eligible and would like to apply, you need to complete the Expression of Interest Form. Completing the Expression of Interest will give you access to: 

    • A link to the online form, through which you submit your application 
    • A Microsoft Word copy of the questions, to help you prepare your application 
    • A copy of the budget template 
    • A copy of the Fund Information & Guidance Notes 

    You must submit your complete application by 11.59am on Wednesday 03 July 2024. They cannot accept applications after this deadline. 

    If you have any questions when completing your application, you can e-mail [email protected].  


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