Grants of up to £15,000 for projects seeking to control or eradicate Invasive Non-Native Species from specific aquatic and wetland environments.

Anglian Water is the largest water and water recycling company in England and Wales by geographic area. The company employs over 4,000 people and supplies water and water recycling services to more than six million domestic and business customers in the East of England and Hartlepool.

Anglian Water is committed to protecting and enhancing the species and habitats on its sites and across the region. As part of this commitment the company has set up the Anglian Water Invasive Species Fund to make grants to fund projects which prevent the introduction and/or spread of invasive non-native species (INNS) where such projects will prevent the deterioration of a waterbody or reduce the threat to the conservation objectives of wetlands designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation or Special Protection Area. Grants between £1,000 and £15,000 will be considered.

What is the funding for?

Projects must focus on active control or eradication of INNS that impact aquatic and wetland environments. These projects must fall within one or more of the following named management catchments and the Anglian Water or Hartlepool regions. SEE MAP.

  • Broadland
  • Northwest Norfolk
  • North Norfolk
  • East Suffolk
  • Combined Essex
  • South Essex
  • Cam and Ely Ouse
  • Louth Grimsby and Ancholme
  • Lower Trent and Erewash
  • Nene
  • Old Bedford and Middle Level
  • Upper and Bedford Ouse
  • Welland
  • Witham
  • Idle and Thorn
  • Tees
  • Wear

Applicants must demonstrate how the funding will prevent the deterioration of a water body or will help achieve the stated conservation objectives of wetlands designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation or Special Protection Area.

The fund will cover:

  • The costs of direct control or eradication of INNS, e.g. equipment hire to access and remove INNS
  • Equipment purchases, such as gloves and rakes
  • Biosecurity measures, such as wash down points and signs
  • Costs of applying for consents etc.
  • Volunteer travel expenses
  • Interim and Post-intervention surveys, where these are part of a control project
  • Staff costs

The fund will not cover

  • Research projects or projects which are predominantly to raise awareness or carry out marketing about INNS
  • Apps
  • Surveys to demonstrate the need for a grant
  • Survey and monitoring which isn’t part of a control programme
Catchment Areas
Click to download map of the Hartlepool Catchment Area
Click to download map of the Anglian Water Catchment Area
Who can apply
Applications are invited from constituted non-for profit groups with an associated bank account into which funds can be transferred. Local Authorities may also apply.
Other points to note
he Anglian Water Invasive Species Fund will only support projects to control giant hogweed where professional specialists are used.  The fund will not support volunteer workers to control/remove giant hogweed.

When the fund is fully allocated, further panel meetings to consider grant requests will not take place until the following financial year when there is a new deposit into the fund.

Grants can cover up to 100% of project costs. However, the panel may give preference to projects that can illustrate they have begun to raise other funds to implement the project.

This fund will allow applications from the same group for multiple relevant projects. Similarly the fund will allow multiple applications from the same group for ongoing work on the same project.

The fund will consider grants for projects of up to 24 months.

Applications received for the 1st February deadline can expect decisions by the end of May.

The grant recipient will work with Anglian Water’s media team to publicise the grant award and the benefits it has delivered

Who can apply?
Not-for-profit organisations within eligible area

Maximum grant

Eligible area
Entire Anglian Water Region including Cambridgeshire (see maps)

Applications open 2nd November 2023. Deadline for submission 1st February 2024

Final round of INNS

Please note: the INNS Fund is closing. The final round of applications will be open from 2nd November 2023 and closes on 1st February 2024

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