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Sustainable Communities Fund

Since 2006 we have awarded £2.4m in grants to over 300 projects that help improve the sustainability of the National Park.

What are the grants for?

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

1. Improving opportunities for wildlife and habitats: 

  • Providing new habitats such as creating new ponds or wetlands
  • Introducing native planting, wildflowers and other pollinators to attract bees and butterflies
  • Enhancing existing habitats such as bird and bat nesting/roosting opportunities, bug hotels, bee bricks, hedgehog homes or movement corridor

2. 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

3. 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?

We have grants of up to £2,000.

From time-to-time we also have micro grants of up to £150 that can help support the small actions that really do make a difference.

When is the deadline?

For grants up to £150 – our next application window will be in February 2022.

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

What projects have been funded to date?

Micro grants:

Our micro grants have helped to provide new native planting, bug hotels, hedgehog homes, nest boxes, bird feeders, pollinator trails, water recycling, and compost facilities.

We also supported a local volunteer group to survey and monitor slow worms within churchyards in the National Park.

Larger grants:

Our larger grants have supported the development of a community shop, energy improvements to community buildings, electric vehicle charge points, interpretation panels, and wild play zones.

Find out more about our sustainable communities projects.

We are currently supporting:

  • The New Forest Imaginarium – an investigative artist exploring the connections that people have with the New Forest landscape
  • A project with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to help remove invasive non-native plants from watercourses.


Application form: Micro-grants up to £150

Application form: Main grants up to £2,000

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