£40m Government Green Recovery Challenge Fund opens: A fund of up to £40 million is now open for applications, which is aimed at helping the country build back greener from the coronavirus pandemic.

Part of the government’s wider green economic recovery, the Green Recovery Challenge Fund provides a jobs and skills package and provides funding to restore nature and tackle climate change for environmental charities and their partners to work on projects across England.

It is expected to safeguard up to an additional 2,000 jobs and help create up to 3,000 jobs.

Nature conservation and restoration, nature-based solutions, particularly focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation such as through tree planting and restoring peatlands and connecting people with nature, the projects must be able to contribute to at least one of the preceding themes.

Projects will be favoured, that retain or create jobs as well as opportunities and benefits for all ages, including young people.

Rebecca Pow, Environment Minister said: “I am delighted to launch our game-changing fund to kick-start projects to halt the loss of wildlife and tackle climate change as we build back greener from the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our ambitious fund will help environmental organisations employ more people to work on tree-planting, nature restoration and helping the public enjoy the outdoors and I encourage organisations to step forward and apply so we can make a real difference to nature whilst also creating jobs.”

The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency will deliver the fund.

The deadline for applications for under £250,000 of funding is 2nd October 2020, applicants seeking more than £250,000 must submit expressions of interest by 24th September 2020.

£40m Government Green Recovery Challenge Fund opens

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