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About CCW Please note - A new body, Natural Resources Wales has taken over all functions and services previously carried out by Countryside Council for Wales. While the Natural Resources Wales website continues to be developed, some online services will continue to be provided on this web site.

How to obtain a grant

CCW offers grants to a diverse range of partners - local authorities, environmental organisations and voluntary bodies.Grants are offered to deliver projects that benefit both people and wildlife. In 2013-14 we will be putting £4.7m into our overall grants budget.

The grants bidding window is now closed.

The sorts of projects we fund include:

  • Action for the natural environment on land or sea; habitats and species, geology and landscapes.
  • Connecting people of all abilities with nature, particularly those in urban environments
  • Creating and enhancing links and routes to and within the countryside and areas of natural green-space, and especially to the coast.
  • Promoting new opportunities for people to take part in outdoor activities on their own initiative
  • Raising awareness of environmental issues and the impacts of human activity on sensitive areas, to educate people and to encourage behavioural changes.
  • Putting organisations in touch through networks to share good practice and to deliver environmental benefits more effectively.
  • Flagship projects to demonstrate how we can live more sustainably.
  • Projects that take forward the National Ecosystem Assessment.

You will need to complete the project scoring form (cross referencing the details you put on it to the relevant grant priorities and cross cutting themes), you will need to put as much detail as possible on this form as it is used for scoring your project. The application form, monitoring and evaluation plan and appraisal questionnaire also need to be completed . You can fill in the pdf forms (minimum Adobe version 9.5 required),please save them and attach to an email. If you have problems with these forms please use the Word versions instead.

You will need to provide: Financial accounts /statements, a cashflow forecast, evidence of secured funding & your charity or company (not for profit) legal status & number. Once you receive a formal grant offer you can start work. Match funding ideally should be secured at this stage but in circumstances when it isn't, a special condition should be added to note that the first claim won't be paid until confirmation of secured match funding is received.

The legal status should be determined when setting up a business or charity, it can depend on the nature of the business venture and whether its for profit which in turn can determine what government regulations are applicable.

All CCW grant applicants must be a ‘relevant voluntary organisation’ with a constitution that states their Charity or Company registration and Legal status. Or the new Charitable Incorporated Organisation CIO which gives the benefits of both in one registration.

Further advice is available from the Wales Co-operative Centre and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).

Please send all forms and relevant documents to one of the following, if you are unsure who to send it to send it to Margaret Peters:

South Region

Gill Bilsborough, Regional Recreation & Partnerships Team Leader
Countryside Council for Wales, Cantref Court, Brecon Road, Abergavenny, NP7 7AX

North Region

Paul Mitchell, Partnerships Team Leader – Grants and Countryside
Countryside Council for Wales, Glan y Nant, Unit 19, Mold Business Park, Wrexham Rd, Mold, CH7 1XP

West Region

Ceri Daugherty, Countryside, Access & Recreation Team Leader
Countryside Council for Wales, Llanion House, Llanion Park, Pembroke Dock, SA72 6DY


Margaret Peters, Partnerships and Grants Policy Officer
Countryside Council for Wales, Maes y Ffynnon, Penrhosgarnedd, Bangor, LL57 2DW

What happens when the Grant Application window closes

Your application will be assessed by CCW's Partnership Funding Steering Group which will meet in early November. CCW’s Directors Team will then ratify the recommendations in December, following CCW's budget settlement from WG. You will be informed of the decision in early January 2013.

If your project is successful, you will be assigned a Lead Officer from CCW who will arrange to meet you to discuss budgets and work programmes.

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