Nature Restoration Fund

How to apply

This is for capital projects only.

There is a two-stage process involved in applying for Nature Restoration Funding:

  1. Expression of Interest (EOI) The expression of interest stage for the 2022/23 NRF funding round is now closed.

  2. Full application following assessment of your EOI, and your project being technically eligible and prioritised to proceed. You must pass the EOI stage to submit a full application.

Projects should be ready to start before the end of March 2023 and be completed by the end of June 2023.

Landownership, leases, and/or regulatory consents must be in place at the time when projects must start.

Match funding must also be in place at the time when projects must start.

Grant awards

Grant awards are available from a minimum of £2,000 up to a maximum of £25,000.

An intervention rate of up to 100% is available, however those projects with secured match funding or in-kind contributions are likely to score higher during assessment.


Projects must be able to start no later than 31 March 2023.

Project activity must be completed, all expenditure evidenced, and monitoring and evaluation submitted no later than 30 June 2023.