• Natural Englands North Mercia Area Innovation Funding is Now Open

    The Natural England Innovation Fund for North Mercia is now open for applications.
    The fund totals £50,000 and will be offered to innovative projects ranging from £1,000 – £10,000 within the North Mercia area in Shropshire, Staffordshire, Birmingham and the Black Country.
    Key Dates

    • All applications must be returned by e-mail to [email protected] by 5pm Friday 17th July 2015 at the latest.
    • The funding decision panel meeting will be held on 30th July 2015.
    • Projects will be informed of the funding decision week commencing 3rd August 2015.
    • All projects must be delivered & claimed by 20th March 2016.

    Please note that the process is competitive and they will not be able to fund all applications.
    The purpose of this funding is to:

    • Provide integrated delivery across Natural England’s key delivery areas with focus on biodiversity, public education/engagement, landscape and supporting sustainable development.
    • Focus on doing different things – better.
    • Build new alliances and partnerships, including better, more joined up working with shared outcomes.

    Eligibility Criteria

    • Applications should be for between £1,000 and £10,000 (including VAT).
    • Projects must be completed and claimed by 20th March 2016.
    • No project commitment or payment can be made beyond 20th March 2016.
    • The fund is not to be used for the continuation of existing projects – but funds can support a new phase of a project and can be used as match funding to deliver a larger project.
    • External applications will be limited to 3 per organisation.
    • Your organisation must be properly constituted.
    • Funding cannot be used for statutory work.

    To receive a copy of the application form, please email [email protected]

    Posted on 24th June 2015