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Sustainable Communities Fund

Our grants are aimed at helping to protect the New Forest’s precious landscape:

  • Improving opportunities for wildlife and habitats: 

Providing new habitat such as creating new ponds or wetlands; introducing native planting, wildflowers and other pollinators to attract bees and butterflies. Enhancing existing habitat e.g. bird and bat nesting/roosting opportunities, bug hotels, bee bricks, hedgehog homes or movement corridors.

  • Reducing carbon emissions:

Encouraging more walking and cycling, supporting locally-produced food and goods, climate-appropriate planting, reduce, reuse, and recycle, taking litter home, clean energy.

  • Connecting new groups to nature:

Supporting ideas led by and/or engaging typically under-represented groups in the National Park. Ideas should enable new experiences in and around the National Park for audiences from different communities, ages, backgrounds, experiences, and identities.

Who can apply?

Schools, youth groups, and other organised community groups and charities that are either based within the New Forest National Park or include people who live within the boundary.

How much is available?

Lots of small actions really do make a difference so we have small grants of up to £150. Ideas and projects must involve young people and applications must be submitted by an adult. Schools, youth groups and other organised community groups and charities must also have their own bank account. Payment will be made in advance and forwarded to the relevant bank account via BACS.

Or if your project is larger in scale, we also have grants of up to £2,000.

When is the deadline?

For grants up to £150 – Tuesday 18 May. Projects can start from June.

For grants up to £2,000 you can apply at any time.



Application form: Micro-grants up to £150

Application form: Main grants up to £2,000

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