Mark Eastment

Green Recovery Challenge Fund Launched

Posted: 14th September, 2020

The new £40million Green Recovery Challenge Fund has been launched today, aiming to kick-start the nation’s green recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and create and retain jobs. Grants are available from £50,000 to £5m.

It is open to environmental charities and partnerships in England with projects that are ready to start and can be can be completed by March 2022. The projects must focus on at least one of the following areas:

  • nature restoration
  • nature-based solutions, particularly for climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • connecting people with nature

Projects will also be expected to support and create jobs.

Applications for grants from £50,000-£250,000 must be submitted by midday on 2 October 2020. For applications over £250,000 up to £5m, there is a two-step process, with initial expressions of interest required by midday on 24 September 2020.

The full criteria and application guidance is available on The National Lottery Heritage Fund website:

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing the Green Recovery Challenge Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency, on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).