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Programme Development Fund

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The National Forest Programme Development Fund is a small grants programme, available to owners and managers of key strategic sites, organisations, local authorities, companies or individuals within the Forest who have projects that will assist the National Forest Company achieve the outcomes identified within its strategy.

Projects that may be suitable for funding include works relating to site development, access and conservation (e.g. orchards and hedgerows), heritage, communities, tourism, partnerships and management.

Grants are typically available up to a maximum of 50% of the costs. In exceptional circumstances, on sites owned in part or whole by the National Forest Company, additional grant aid beyond this 50% level may be available. Grants are not available for core-funding expenses such as staff wages, rents or ongoing maintenance costs.

Grants are available throughout the year (subject to funds). However, sufficient time should be allowed for the project to be completed and grant monies claimed within the same financial year

Please note that only projects which directly benefit The National Forest are eligible for grant assistance.

For more information and details of how to apply for this fund please contact:

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The National Forest Company, Bath Yard, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire

DE12 6BA


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01283 551 211


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01283 552844


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or contact us.