New “Water Environment Grant” launched

DEFRA, Natural England and the Environment Agency have launched a new Water Environment Grant (WEG) scheme to improve the water environment.

The scheme will provide a total of £9 million a year for the next three years to applicants applying for funding for works to restore the water environment (rivers, lakes, canals, wetlands etc).

Potential projects could include river restoration, removal of obstacles to help fish passage or actions to improve the water quality.

WEG is now open to eligible applicants, which includes farmers, but please note that the application deadline is 11th May 2018.

Grants will be determined by EA and NE, and funding will be awarded in August 2018.
Successful applicants will be expected to start their projects before March 2019, with completion dates of March 2021.

Guidance and access to the application form can be found HERE
There is an Online application form (or you can request a paper form if you are unable to access and download the online form).