Charity funds to aid biodiversity

Grantscape secures £2.5 million for biodiversity projects in England and Wales

Funding charity Grantscape has secured £2.5m from the Waste Recycling Group to award environmental projects through its Biodiversity Challenge 2006. Grantscape is inviting applications for projects aimed at creating, conserving or enhancing the biodiversity of England and Wales. The maximum amount on offer to individual projects is £750,000, making the scheme a good source for large-scale habitat creation and restoration projects. London Parks & Green Spaces Forum director Tony Leach said: “This seems to be a great funding opportunity for either large-site or cross-action-plan projects covering multiple outcomes.” Eligible projects must comply with the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme and be located within 16km of a landfill site. A contributing third party has to be in place before application. Submissions need to include a detailed project plan. The main criteria for application assessment is the importance and significance of biodiversity value and how it contributes to local and national biodiversity objectives. The deadline is 10 March. # Visit www.grantscape.org.uk

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