GBP 40m for Nature-Focused Initiatives in the U.K.

The British government has launched its GBP 40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund, supporting up to 5,000 jobs in areas such as tree planting and nature conservation.  Environmental groups can now apply for grants worth GBP 50,000 to GBP 5 million.

The fund is aimed at labour-intensive projects that deliver nature-based solutions to climate change and projects that “connect people with nature.” The government envisages “that the fund will create a broad range of short and long term jobs such as ecologists, surveyors, nature reserve staff and education workers in environment organisations; and support their suppliers in areas such as agricultural engineering, horticulture, and equipment and seed supply.” The funding will be distributed by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Natural England. Natural England Chair Tony Juniper sees the Green Recovery Challenge Fund as a boost for green jobs:

“Access to a thriving natural environment is essential for the nation’s health and wellbeing, and this fund will deliver real on-the-ground benefits for people and wildlife alike as we emerge from the coronavirus crisis. This fund will also provide a long-term boost for those wanting to build a career in the environmental sector, and help secure a flourishing environment that we need for a healthy future.”