Rewilding Innovation Fund Reopens for 2023

Community groups, public, and private landowners in England, Scotland, and Wales can apply for funding to develop or scale-up rewilding projects on land or at sea.

Rewilding Britain is offering grants of up to £15,000 to help remove barriers to rewilding projects across Britain, whether they are at the early planning stage or wish to scale up pre-existing projects. The Rewilding Innovation Fund will support rewilding projects on land and at sea, at a scale of more than 40 hectares, that adhere to Rewilding Britain’s rewilding principles.

The Rewilding Innovation Fund will support works that could potentially unlock further funding or move a project in scale, such as:

  • Developing a social prescribing and community outreach programme run from a nature-based campsite.
  • Community forest planting and restoration.
  • Modelling carbon capture.
  • A feasibility study to identify potential areas for seagrass restoration.
  • A tree seeding experiment.

Funding can be used to cover costs such as:

  • Business plans and strategies.
  • Community engagement activities or co-design.
  • Feasibility studies.
  • Technological innovations.

Priority will be given to applicants who are taking an innovative approach to land and marine rewilding, and applicants that will help develop learning and evidence for others within the Rewilding Network.

Applicants must first become a member of the Rewilding Network before submitting a full application. There are typically two funding rounds per year.

The next deadline for applications is 31 May 2023.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)