A landscape photo of the River Orwell, with a riverside footpath in the foreground, leading into marshes and the river. Boats are on the river under a blue sky.

[Source: Suffolk Coasts and Heaths AONB]

In addition to the annual Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty grants schemes, throughout the year there are also external opportunities for funding.

There are two grant opportunities that are currently open if you have relevant projects planned that need some funding to make them happen:

1 Nature First small grants scheme

The Nature First small grants fund is run by the Greenprint Forum and is available for projects that specifically contribute to the enhancement of local biodiversity and/or its understanding and appreciation by the local community.

Eligible projects may include work to restore existing habitats, creation of habitats, provision of nesting / roosting places for birds, pollinators and other animals, or activities to help local people of any age learn about and enjoy their local biodiversity.

The fund invites requests for grants typically in the range of £250 to £1000 but can consider larger requests where significant outcomes can be demonstrated.

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until all the fund has been allocated – however if you are thinking of applying it may be an idea not to delay as over £12,000 of the original pot of £20,000 has now been allocated to projects since the fund opened in summer 2021.

If you are thinking of applying but have any queries beforehand please email greenissues@eastsuffolk.gov.uk. To find our more visit and/or to apply Nature First Small Grants Scheme » East Suffolk Council

2 Suffolk Climate Action Community Matchfunder

The fund will support community groups with up to 50% of the cost of their climate change project, to a maximum of £10,000.

The Suffolk Climate Action Community Match Funder has been set up by the Suffolk Climate Change Partnership (SCCP) to contribute towards the vision of a carbon neutral Suffolk by 2030.

It welcomes applications on a range of projects or events from installing solar panels and insulation, to promoting walking and cycling.

As with Nature First, there is no deadline for applications to Climate Action Community Matchfunder, applications will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis until all the fund has been allocated.

If you are developing an idea and need some advice please contact David Walton, david.walton@suffolk.gov.uk. More information and the simple application process is available at www.greensuffolk.org.