The SITA Trust Enriching Nature Programme
Enriching Nature is one of SITA Trust’s main funding programmes. SITA Trust provides funding for community and biodiversity conservation projects through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). In 2013 it will for the first time award money to applicants from Wales.
The Enriching Nature Programme provides funding for biodiversity conservation projects that focus on a single species or habitat present on the list of priority species and habitats in England and Wales (Section 42 in Wales), with awards of up to £75,000. Applications of a value up to £25,000 are considered as small grant applications.
Applications to the Enriching Nature Programme are considered once a year with a deadline in January and notification of the outcome in July. Compliant applications are allocated to the Trust’s Regional Fund Managers who undertake a thorough assessment of the application. The applications are then scrutinised by the relevant regional/country Project Assessment Panel (PAP), one of which will be established in Wales. PAPs subsequently make recommendations that are conveyed to the Trust’s Board where final award decisions are made.
Who can apply for funding?
If your organisation is operated on a not-for-profit basis, your project focuses on a single priority species or habitat, and is located in England or Wales within 10 miles of a landfill site, you may be eligible to apply to the Enriching Nature Programme. See website for additional information
How much funding is available in each region?
SITA Trust has allocated £2.25 million in 2013, which will be allocated equally between each of the 8 funding regions and Wales.
What to do next
For 2013 the timeframe is tight. If you think you have a suitable project visit the SITA Trust website and look at the guidance. Be aware that this is currently being updated to include Wales and some other small changes for 2013. You have to submit an expression of interest as soon as possible and no later than 2 January 2013, and if this is approved then a full application by 29 January 2013.
SITA Trust is working in Wales for the first time and so in future years potential applicants will have much longer to develop projects. For those that have projects developed that need to secure funding then this is an excellent opportunity to secure funds in 2013.