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Applications for the Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme (NCPGS) are open

Posted: 05/05/21

The Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme (NCPGS) provides funding to restore peatlands in the uplands and lowlands of England. It is a competitive grant scheme that will run until 2025.

The scheme is open to environmental groups, local authorities, charities, public bodies, individual landowners and organisations.


Application criteria

Natural England is looking for landscape scale applications that work to restore the whole hydrological unit of a peatland. This is likely to involve a number of sites and landowners, so applications from partnerships are encouraged.

Applicants must have the authority to carry out the activities in their proposal. For example, if you do not own the land, you need permission from the landowner as part of your application.

You cannot apply for funding for activities that have already been funded through other sources.


Objectives of the scheme

You must be able to show in your application how your proposal will deliver the scheme’s objectives.

The objectives are to:

  • reduce emissions from peat by 9 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents cumulatively by 2050
  • establish the process of restoring 35,000 hectares of degraded peat in England by March 2025
  • provide wider benefits such as improved ecosystems and biodiversity, better water quality, natural flood management, protection of historic environment features, and connecting people with nature


Types of Grant

Two types of grant are available:

  • restoration grant – the first round is open for applications from 30 April 2021 to 25 June 2021
  • discovery grant – the first round will open for applications at a date to be confirmed

The 2 grants support different phases of a project. The same applicant can apply for both grants in the same year, as long as each application is for different sites.

For more information on the different grants and how to apply, please click here.

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