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Peterborough City Council Natural Environment Grant Scheme 2013/14 

The City Council is again in a position to offer support to schools, parish councils, tree and pond wardens, and other organisations to carry out environmental projects in the Peterborough area.

The grants are intended to support a number of environmental projects such as tree planting or pond creation during the 2013/14 planting season. The City Council is able to offer up to 75% of the total cost of a project, however a group's 25% contribution can be their labour in carrying the project out.

Project bids are normally expected to be in the region of £225, which could be used entirely to purchase project materials with an applicant's contribution being to use the materials to carry the project out. Larger bids may however be considered for projects which are exceptionally valuable and which for example include action at more than one site.

Making an application

Application forms, guidance and information sheets can be downloaded below, a version of the application form which can be completed electronically can be provided upon request. 

  • Applicants should submit a plan of the proposed works accompanied by three quotes for the cost of the work/materials
  • Bids will be considered and determined as they are received, this will typically take 2 to 4 weeks depending on the complexity of the project and the thoroughness with which the project bid has been put together. We will telephone or email you to let you know that your application has been received, and get in touch if it would be useful to discuss your project idea or if further details are required
  • If a project bid is unsuccessful we will contact you to discuss this. If funding is still available for projects we may offer to work with you to develop your project bid further so that you can re-apply
  • If your project is approved, we will write to you and include a purchase order for the works which you have outlined. It will then be down to you to purchase the materials and employ any contractor (if you are using one) to carry out the work of the project
  • Proof of purchase/receipts must be sent in by 14th March 2014 at the latest
  • An invoice can then be sent to the City Council to recover the agreed project costs.

One of the main aims of the scheme is to provide for long term improvements in the environment for people and wildlife. A series of action plans for threatened local habitats and species are hosted on the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Biodiversity Partnership website.

We are particularly keen to encourage applications that help to safeguard or extend habitats in line with the actions within these plans and particularly where a project would contribute to the conservation and long-term positive management of local sites such as County Wildlife Sites. The locations of County Wildlife Sites can be found on the City Council's integrated mapping system 'Hawkeye'. Further information with respect to these sites can be provided upon request, however please note that many of these sites are not publicly accessible without the landowner's permission.

Information sheets to help in designing a project can also be downloaded below.
Should you wish to discuss a scheme that you have in mind, please contact the City Council's Wildlife Officer on (01733) 453543.

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