How can I fund my meadow restoration?

Trying to fund meadow restorations is difficult. The information below provides some ideas about where funds may be available. Please read the individual guidance to find out more about applying and whether it is relevant to your situation:

This information was last updated in September 2017. Please investigate the funding sources further to find out if they are relevant for your situation and whether they are still available.

  • Funding your community meadow - this advice sheet by Buglife suggests some sources of funding for community groups.
  • Funding Central – a free to use funding search engine that can be accessed by anyone by signing up using your email address and password. This will match funds depending on your requirements. 
  • Local Community Foundations – there are 48 community foundations across the UK, They channel funding to local projects and will be able to provide advice to whether they have an appropriate fund that they administer or where else you may be able to find funding locally.
  • Local Councils - funding may be available through community area grants. The council also have Ward budgets which are not always well advertised but it is worth contacting your local council and asking them about ward funding to see what might be available. For example for Westminister ward budget
  • Area’s Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks - funding available through the sustainable development fund (SDF), such as Dorset AONB, Cotswolds AONB, Northumberland Coast AONB, Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB and Malvern Hills AONB.
  • Big Lottery Awards for All – a quick and easy way to get small lottery grants of between £500-£5,000 available across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust - grants for horticulture. Funds can be used for the creation, development, preservation and maintenance of gardens accessible to the public; the promotion of the cultivation and wide distribution of plants which have value to mankind; promotion and cultivation of new plants; assisting the publication of books or other works relating to science or horticulture.  
  • John Ellerman Floodplain Meadows Restoration Project - a small grant available through the Floodplain Meadows Partnership for restoring these specific types of grasslands.
  • The Phillips Fund - a fund available in Kent for voluntary and community groups to deliver small but beneficial conservation and environmental projects.
  • Wessex Water Watermark Award - this small grant may be suitable for some groups within Wessex Water's area.
  • Countryside Stewardship - this is England's agri-environment scheme that has funding available for land managers (mostly farmers) to manage their land for the environment, including managing grasslands. However, the funding is restricted and there is limited availability for restoring wildflowers to meadows unless the site is adjacent to a flower-rich areas and within a target area.