Anglian Water Flourishing Environment Fund
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 Flourishing Environment Fund to make grants to support projects that directly conserve wetland habitats and species. The sum available for 2017/18 has been maintained at the 2016/17 level meaning grants totalling £40,000 are on offer and grants in the region of £2,000 to £10,000 will be awarded.
What is the funding for?
The funding will provide grants that enhance the status of wetland habitats and/or wetland species. To qualify, the target habitats and species should be those of principal importance, as defined by Section 41 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act. Projects should take place within the Anglian Water and Hartlepool Water Regions - see maps below. The region includes coastal habitats above low tide.
The fund will cover:
• Land purchase
• Habitat creation and restoration
• Species conservation
• Invasive non-native species control and eradication where this benefits priority habitats and species
• Surveys, as a small proportion of a wider project that the grant also covers. For example when a project requires a protected species survey in order to comply with the law
• Interpretation, as a small proportion of a wider project that the grant also covers
• Equipment needed to deliver the project
• Reasonable travel expenses
The fund will not cover
• Survey projects
• Interpretation projects
• Legal fees
• Planning fees
Article in The Forum
The Anglian Water Flourishing Environment Fund featured in Issue 2 (April - Jun 2017) of The Forum, our quarterly magazine. Click here to find the digital version - and check out pages 24-25
The following are examples of recent awards from the Anglian Water Flourishing Environment Fund:
Norfolk Wildlife Trust was awarded a grant to purchase 7 head of British White cattle as part of a project to restore the rare mire communities of the Gaywood Valley Living Landscape
The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Ltd were awarded a grant to improve the wildfowl interest and floristic diversity of Stanground Wash
The British Trust for Ornithology was awarded a grant to enhance wetland habitats for species in and along sections of the River Little Ouse by introducing woody debris to create variable currents, back waters and gravel shoals
The River Lark Catchment Partnership was awarded a grant to increase biodiversity in the River Lark by installing revetments, bank side wildflower planting and tree planting
The Suffolk Wildlife Trust was awarded a grant towards purchase of 384 acres of former marshland on the outskirts of Lowestoft
The Little Ouse Headwaters Project was awarded a grant to restore natural and resilient processes within the highly modified chalk stream river, improve water quality and enhance the mosaic of river habitats for biodiversity
Who can apply?
Applications are invited from constituted not for profit groups (Local Authorities are not included) with an associated bank account into which funds can be transferred.
Other points to note
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.
Projects must be complete from 18 months after the date of the grant offer letter and projects will be expected to have a benefit of 5 or more years.
The grant recipient will work with Anglian Water’s media team to publicise the grant award and the benefits it has delivered
The areas served by Anglian Water is shown on the map below.
The areas served by Hartlepool Water is shown on the map below.