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Species Survival Fund

  • Various

  • Created habitats
  • Restoration
  • England


The fund supports the creation and restoration of wildlife-rich habitats in England. It is open to individuals and organisations working to recover nature. Projects must deliver against the fund theme of habitat creation and restoration, including ecosystem restoration, to support species abundance at a landscape, catchment or local scale, either within or outside of protected sites.

Fund manager & award size

Managed by the Heritage Fund, funded by DEFRA

Total fund £25 million, individual grants between £250,000 and £3 million for projects with a maximum 2 years' duration. Projects are encouraged to contribute at least 5% of your project costs in cash (partnership funding). See the fund website for additional details.


We welcome applications from all individuals and organisations working with landscapes and nature in England. This includes: environmental not-for-profit organisations, AONBs and National Park Authorities (via their accountable or registered body), local authorities and farmers and land managers. See the fund website for additional details. Partnerships: We encourage organisations to apply as partnerships where this is likely to lead to more joined-up projects. Partnerships must be led by one of the eligible organisations listed above. Partnerships can include other not-for-profit and for-profit organisations, providing all works are for public benefit rather than private gain.

How to apply

See the fund website for guidance.

Programme is now closed

Application deadline

Accepting Expressions of Interest from 30 June 2023 until 24 July 2023. Full application deadline 26 October 2023. See the fund website for updates.


May only have one round in 2023 as it is a short-term grant.

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