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Regional Grant Availability

As we have been able to offer in year grant aid for applications received this spring we are in a healthy position to receive new applications for payment in financial year 2011 and beyond.  Greater Regional grant flexibility means that we can move money between grant types if necessary and we will not continually publish updates on specific grant types. 

This year we initially allocated more funds to our Woodland Improvement Grants which now total £460,000, a £90,000 increase on last years funding.  This will be used to improve  public access to woodlands and to meet the increased demand for infrastructure costs to woodlands to enable habitat management which ultimately will address the decline in woodland bird populations.

The WIG funds will also contribute to work within plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites another key feature this year.  To assist with identifying work within these woodlands we have made £50,000 available to draw up woodland plans.

We have maintained our Regional Woodland Regeneration Grant at £275,000.  This level of demand has been relatively stable since the opening of EWGS.  The prolonged winter did mean that many schemes were carried over into the 2010/2011 financial year but we were able to meet this demand from National funding reserves.

New Additional contributions introduced last year for New Native Woodland in Northumberland National Park resulted in a five fold increase in applications and we hope for further increases this year.  Along side this we have introduced a further Additional Contribution £1,000 for new broadleaved and conifer woodlands along the Northumberland and Durham Pennine Fringe.

Grants available d Gant type What the grant is for

 

Woodland 

 

Grant Type

 

What the grant is for?

 

Stewardship of existing woodlands

 

Woodland Planning Grant

 

Preparation of  plans to aid decision making

 

Woodland Assessment Grant

 

To gather information to inform work activity

 

Woodland Regeneration Grant

 

To support desirable change in species composition after felling 

 

Woodland Improvement Grant

 

Create enhance and sustain benefits to woodland management

 

Woodland Management Grant

 

To sustain beneficial ongoing woodland management

 

Creation of new woodlands

 

Woodland Creation Grant

 

Encourage the planting of new woodlands

 

For more information please contact your local FC office.