Enriching Nature Programme
Enriching Nature Programme 2013
The Enriching Nature Programme provides funding for year long biodiversity conservation projects that focus on a single species or habitat present on the list of priority species and habitats in England and Wales*, with awards of up to £75,000. Applications of a value up to £25,000 are considered as small grant applications.
SITA Trust has allocated £2.25 million in 2013, which will be allocated equally between each of 9 funding regions.
Applications to the Enriching Nature Programme are considered once a year with a deadline in January and notification of the outcome in July.
* Species and habitats identified as being of principle importance in England, Section 41 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.
Who can apply?
If your organisation is operated on a not-for-profit basis, your project focuses on a single priority species or habitat, and is located in England within 10 miles of a landfill site, you may be eligible to apply to the Enriching Nature Programme. Check the guidance for full details.
- North East
- North West
- South West
- Yorkshire and Humber
- East of England
- South East and London
- West Midlands
- East Midlands
How to apply
We ask all potential applicants to read the guidance in full before completing an Expression of Interest form – which must be returned to SITA Trust by email.
We are now accepting Expressions of Interest for this programme. These are responded to within 3 weeks of being received and should be submitted no later than 2nd January 2013 ( but bear in mind if you do submit your EoI on this date this will limit the time you have to complete the form, which is quite lengthy, to just a few days).
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If SITA Trust believes that your project idea is worth progressing to a full application you will be invited to submit an application by 29th January 2013.
Update 30 January 2013: Applications to the 2013 programme are now closed.
SITA Trust will be announcing details for the 2014 Enriching Nature programme in the spring of 2013. Please monitor the SITA Trust website for information.
What happens next?
Compliant applications are allocated to the Trust’s Regional Fund Managers who undertake a thorough assessment of the application. The applications are then scrutinised by the relevant regional Project Assessment Panel, of which there are 8, made up of biodiversity specialists based in the region. The Regional Fund Managers and panels subsequently make recommendations that are conveyed to the Trust’s Board where final award decisions are made. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by July 2013.
A short history of our Enriching Nature Programme
In 2005, SITA Trust launched a new funding programme called Enriching Nature. Its aim was to provide funding over five years to deliver projects which focused on the priorities set within the nation’s Biodiversity Action Plans, improving the condition of British habitats and species.
Due to both demand for and the successful outcomes of supported projects we committed further funds to this funding programme in 2010 enabling it to run for three more years (2010-2012). Over the past eight years SITA Trust has committed almost £24 million to deliver UK wildlife conservation projects.