Up to £27,494 available for South Oxfordshire

TOE’s biodiversity offsetting fund for South Oxfordshire currently stands at £27,494.

We’re keen to hear from people that would like to deliver a biodiversity project anywhere in the district, although preference may be given to sites near:

  • Wallingford

  • Benson

  • Drayton

Grants are available of any size up to the total amount on offer.

Anyone can apply.

Offsetting grants are specifically for habitat creation or improvement. This may be achieved though capital works, changes in land use and management, and land purchase.

  • The most eligible projects will take lower quality habitats and improve them.

  • Single-site projects are preferable. Suites of connected projects area aren’t normally eligible. 

  • Projects which aim to protect already good habitats are not suitable for these funds.

  • Funded projects must demonstrate commitment to a 25-year management plan.

We want applicants who can use the full amount on offer to deliver outcomes at receptor sites near the development being compensated for, and always within the same local planning authority.

Projects will be assessed against our usual grants criteria and their ability to deliver a minimum number of biodiversity units, the calculation used to quantify habitat quality and quantity.

Projects with additional elements not covered by offsetting funds, such as access works, may consider applying for match funding from any of our eligible main fund grants to help with these extra costs.

See here for more details.

£10,000-£100,000 Network Rail grants - final call

CREATE, CONNECT, ENHANCE

The final deadline deadline for Stage 1 applications is 26th October. Following this no new project submissions will be accepted.

We are specifically looking to create new woodland, provide better links between woodlands, and to enhance existing woodland and scrub mosaic, though other habitats could be considered (ancient woodland is not eligible).

The aim of this programme is to support biodiversity projects that provide long lasting improvements to wildlife habitats.

We are looking for strategic projects which improve good quality areas by making them bigger and better connected to other wildlife sites and also to improve the quality of existing habitats, in line with the Oxfordshire’s State of Nature Report and Berkshire’s Biodiversity Action Plan 2014-2020. 

Parish councils, local charities and not-for-profit organisations, local authorities and landowners are all eligible to apply.

Projects are to be delivered over a four-year period and are expected between the range of £10,000 and £100,000.

The next deadline for Stage 1 applications for outline project proposals is 3rd September; the final deadline is 26th October. Following this no new project submissions will be accepted.

Take a look at our FAQ and please contact us for more information or to discuss your project ideas before submitting a proposal.

Please also visit our Offsets & Planning and Biodiversity Grants pages for details of other funding opportunities.