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Sustainable Management Scheme

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The Sustainable Management Scheme will provide financial support for a range of activities that will improve the management of our natural resources and in doing so contribute to the well-being of our rural communities.

The scheme is open to a wide range of collaborations made up of a variety of individual and organisations including:

  • SME and large businesses, education or research establishments,  
  • farmers, foresters, other land managers 
  • community or voluntary groups (inclusive of all non government organisations) associations of owners, community woodlands and trusts 
  • local authorities. 

The scheme offers grants to collaborative groups looking to; improve our natural resources and the benefits they provide, take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve business and community resilience to the impacts of climate change.

New service launched to support farmers and foresters to apply for the Sustainable Management Scheme, being delivered under the Farming Connect Programme

Grants can range from a minimum of £10,000 to a maximum of £5,000,000 to help start up and facilitate new collaborations through to landscape-scale ambition co-ordinating actions and input from several parties to achieve lasting benefits across our communities.

The maximum grant rate for any individual investment project is 100% of the total cost.

Important: You must ensure you complete the appropriate Criteria and application form for this window, please check the Window dates on the form.

Further details on the application criteria can be obtained by reading the EOI Guidance and supporting scheme documentation at the bottom of this page.

Scheme opening dates.