Ecosystem Resilience and Diversity Fund
The Welsh Government has made available
£1million to support the development of projects that ensure that
our ecosystems are more resilient and diverse. This ERD fund is
administered by CCW, with the applications for funding assessed by
the Wales Biodiversity Partnership.
Ecosystems provide us with a wide range of vital services
including food, water, timber and energy. They also help us to
regulate climate, water, air and soil quality. These services
depend on resilient, diverse ecosystems such as heathland,
wetlands, woodlands, green urban areas and our rivers and seas.
We need to maintain and restore our biodiversity to improve our
ecosystems. This requires long term investment to manage for a
diverse range of habitats that provide space for plants and animals
to live and thrive into the future.
The type of activities that might be funded include restoring
priority habitats such as native woodland and grasslands; improving
ecological connectivity; managing the impact of invasive non-native
plant and animal species, as well as improving our understanding of
ecosystems, the pressures they face and the management required to
Local government and National Parks, statutory agencies,
universities, non-government organisations and other voluntary
groups can apply for funding of between £10,000 and £200,000. The
fund can provide up to 100% of eligible costs.
The application window opens on 8 May and closes on 1 June 2012.
All completed applications forms should be submitted electronically
This funding supports the Welsh Government’s commitment to the
ecosystem approach set out in “Sustaining a Living Wales”.
This fund is not part of CCW’s own grant programme.
Application for the ERD Fund
The Annexes to the application are:
- ERD fund criteria.
- Contacts for the WBP groups.
- Information on priority mapping work for terrestrial
- CCW travel and subsistence rates.
These can be found within the application form.
Please send the form electronically to the e-mail below by 5pm
on 1 June 2012. If you cannot submit electronically please let us
know using the same e-mail and we will discuss alternatives.
Guidelines for filling in the application form
- The guidelines about the fund includes information on what can
and cannot be funded and who can apply as well as setting out
- The guidelines on filling in the form provide a step by step
guide to the questions and you should refer to these as you go
through the form to ensure that you include relevant information to
support the assessment process.
- Please also refer to the criteria (annex 1 of the application
- Remember to use the check list to make sure that you have
included all the supporting information required.
Note: The guidelines have now been updated - 17th May
An inconsistency has been picked up in the guidelines.
Under 'Section 4: Additional Information Requested' the fourth
bullet point should read as follows:
- We cannot fund any activities that are currently funded (or
anticipate being funded) by agri-environment funds or other grant