New capital grant scheme for recovery schemes

Natural England, the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England, has launched a new capital grant scheme to help reverse the decline of threatened or endangered species.

The Species Recovery Programme Capital Grant Scheme (SRPCGS), running for two years, will open for partnerships, businesses, and organisations, with grant requests available for 50,000 to 500,000. The scheme is not open for individuals but individuals working with an organisation can apply. The grant scheme opens from 3 April for six weeks.

Natural England said certain activities are in scope for the capital grant, such as equipment purchase, habitat enhancement and staff costs.

Land under Countryside Stewardship (CS) and Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreements are eligible, so long as they are not delivering the same outcome.

What activities will it cover?

Natural England has listed the following activities which are in scope for the capital grant:
• Habitat enhancement and/or creation works
• Purchase and installation of new site infrastructure
• Preliminary surveys to inform subsequent capital delivery and subsequent surveys/monitoring to assess their effectiveness
• Equipment purchase
• Conservation translocations
Enabling activities which are required to get a capital asset to a useable/functioning state/condition
• Directly attributable staff costs
• Research and Development (minor elements only)