Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has taken the first step in making £3million available to projects to improve the environment across Wales.
In December NRW asked organisations to propose projects that will meet key challenges as part of its new commissioning approach.
We listened to feedback from stakeholders that asked us to introduce a two stage process – starting with an initial expression of Interest step.
Today it will invite 90 of the highest scoring projects to go forward to the second stage in the application process.
Rhian Jardine, NRW’s Chair of Strategic Funding Board said:
“We received nearly 200 expressions of interest requesting a total of over £10million of funding support.
“We regret that we can’t fund all of the projects, but we only have £3million available and so we can’t fund every idea. We have had to make some difficult decisions about which projects should proceed to the next stage.
“The 90 proposals that we’re inviting to go forward to the full application stage are wide ranging.”
The projects selected will help meet the challenges identified under the four themes:
- Ensuring that land and water is managed sustainably - reducing the risk from environmental hazards such as flooding and pollution
- Improving the resilience and quality of our ecosystems - improving habitat management, biodiversity and connectivity
- Helping people to live healthier and more fulfilled lives - improving access to the outdoors
- Promoting successful and responsible business - using the natural environment to support the economy and develop skills
Rhian Jardine added,
“Working with other organisations is crucial. We know that we cannot achieve our ambitions for the Welsh environment alone.
“In the past our grant funding has helped some of our most threatened wildlife, improved habitats and increased access to some of Wales' most spectacular landscapes, delivering real improvements for the Welsh environment, people and economy.”
Successful applicants will be asked to submit their completed application forms by the 23 April 2018.