Grants and funding

Repairing a dry stone wall near Sugarloaf, Monmouthshire

Grant income is an important component of our overall income profile. In 2016/17 we received approximately £17m from a wide range of statutory funders.

Grants support all aspects of our work, whether it is building new woodland and countryside cycle trails at some of your favourite places or enabling us to undertake essential nature conservation work along our coastlines.

All cycle trails made possible by generous funding from Sport England
Couple exploring the cycle trail on mountain bikes at Lanhydrock, Cornwall
All cycle trails made possible by generous funding from Sport England

Grants also help us to conserve, protect and provide access to coast, countryside, historic homes and gardens, whether through giving people the opportunity to join in with our work, helping us reach new audiences or enabling people to have a more fulfilling and enjoyable visit.

The National Lottery (Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund, Sport England and the Arts Council), the Landfill Communities Fund, European grants such as Structural Funds, Interreg and  LIFE, and central and local government are some of our most significant sources of grants. These grants often enable the Trust to work in partnership with other organisations and charities to achieve objectives that go well beyond what we could achieve on our own.

We are always grateful for the support from our grant funders as without it we wouldn’t be able to undertake some of our most important and innovative work.

Our grant funded projects
A family enjoying a trip in a rowing boat, Fell Foot Park, Cumbria

Ambitious project in the Lake District 

National Lottery players, through grants distributed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England, will help us implement vital conservation and exciting sports facilities across Fell Foot. Improvements include a spectacular boathouse complex and arboretum, improved access to the waterfront, and a sporty Active Base which will enable visitors to explore and enjoy this beautiful waterfront location.