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Funding for English lakes announced

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Natural England and the Environment Agency have launched a £27 million scheme that aims to improve England’s water environment.

The Water Environment Grant scheme will see £9 million shared between applicants who want to restore local ecosystems and deliver benefits to the environment and people, each year for three years.

Projects could restore river activities, remove obstacles to help fish move along rivers and streams, or aim to improve water quality.

Environment minister Thérèse Coffey said: “The Water Environment Grant scheme offers a fantastic opportunity for applicants from across the country to secure funding for projects to enhance the environment, boost wildlife and benefit their rural community.

“This project will help us to deliver a balanced programme of environmental improvements across England and I am looking forward to seeing the creative and innovative projects of the applicants.”

The scheme will be funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. Funding will be awarded to non-profit ventures with greater support for projects that enhance water ecosystems.

Applicants can apply for funding until 11 May. Grants will be determined by the Environment Agency and Natural England, with funding set to be awarded in August 2018. Successful applicants will be expected to start their projects before March 2019, with completion dates of March 2021.

Details on how to apply can be found on the UK Government website.

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