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Join the National Education Nature Park to boost biodiversity in England – grant applications now open

All schools, colleges and nurseries in England are invited to join the National Education Nature Park, an innovative programme that will put nature at the heart of education. The National Education Nature Park brings together places of education to form a vast network of spaces across England taking action to improve biodiversity and empowering children and young people to make a positive difference to both their own and to nature’s future.

Some settings are eligible for a non-competitive grant of £10,000 to help with their Nature Park improvements, with applications open until the 1st of May 2024.  A list of eligible settings can be found at this website.  Frequently Asked Questions around the grant, and a recording of a webinar explaining how it can be used, are available here.  Alternative sources of funding are being collated and posted on the Nature Park website.

The main requirements for the Nature Park grant are that settings:

  • Are on the list of eligible settings
  • Register with the Nature Park program
  • Map their site boundary via the Nature Park website (takes less than 5 minutes)
  • Agree to map their habitats and biodiversity during the 23/24 school year
  • Plan for grey-to-green interventions as described in the grants FAQ

You can contact the Nature Park team with any queries via the form on their website: https://www.educationnaturepark.org.uk/contact-us . Select “Regional support” and mention your region if you would like to connect with the team for Yorkshire and the Humber, or “Grants and funding” for queries about grants, for example if you believe your setting is eligible for a grant but you have not received a link to the application.

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