Grant scheme offers funding for community chalk stream projects

Grant scheme offers funding for community chalk stream projects

Children preparing to take a river kick sample © Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Keen to take action for our chalk streams, but need help to make your idea a reality? The new Watercress and Winterbournes Community Grant Scheme is offering funding for projects that protect, enhance, or celebrate the Test and Itchen headwaters.

The partners of the Watercress and Winterbournes Landscape Partnership Scheme are pleased to launch new funding opportunities for its local communities. Groups are now being invited to apply for a grant to run a project that will benefit the scheme's seven chalk streams.

Projects must be run within the stream catchments and based around one of two aims. They could improve the condition of locally important chalk stream habitats, or their associated built heritage. They could also enable people to explore, enjoy and learn about the streams' natural and cultural heritage.

We'd love to hear from passionate groups of people with the drive to bring their vision to life. You might be part of a parish council, a school, a registered charity, or a Community Interest Company. Voluntary and community groups are also welcome, as long as you're constituted and have your own bank account.

The deadline for the current round of funding is Monday 10 May 2021, but interested groups should submit their expression of interest as soon as possible.

Full grant scheme details