Application guidance: Green Recovery Challenge Fund round 2


A short-term competitive fund to kick-start environmental renewal while creating and retaining a range of jobs in England.

Is this the right programme for you?

  • Does your project focus on nature restoration, nature-based solutions and connecting people with nature?
  • Are you an environmental charity or partner based in England?
  • Do you require a grant between £50,000 and £2million?
  • Is your project ready to deliver and are you able to spend the funding by 31 March 2023?

If you answered yes to these questions, then the Green Recovery Challenge Fund is for you!


The second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund supports nature projects across England with funding worth up to £40m. Grants from the £40m first round of funding were awarded in December 2020.

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is open for applications at two grant levels:

  • £50,000 to £250,000. Deadline 12noon 14 April 2021
  • £250,000 to £2m. Deadline for Expressions of Interest 12noon 22 March 2021

You must contribute at least 5% of your project costs in cash (partnership funding) for all grants over £250,000.

Projects must deliver against at least one of the fund’s three themes:

  1. Nature conservation and restoration, including ecosystem restoration and species recovery;
  2. Nature-based solutions, particularly for climate change mitigation and adaptation; and
  3. Connecting people with nature.

The fund has been developed by Defra and its Arm’s-Length Bodies, including Natural England, the Forestry Commission, and the Environment Agency. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing and monitoring this government money.

You must read this guidance before submitting an application.


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