Nature Recovery Award

The Nature Recovery Award is a fund available to support landowners and community groups wishing to implement practical schemes to expand and improve networks for wildlife across the Horsham District landscape. Applicants can apply for funding for projects of any size up to a maximum of £5000. We also offer site visits to help support and develop your project ideas.

All applications will be considered against:

  • Contribution to the Horsham District Nature Recovery Network
  • Wilder Horsham District habitat priorities and nature-based solutions
  • Wilder Horsham District geographical priorities
  • Value for money
  • Informed design and management of the works

For some inspiration and to see what projects have already been successfully funded, please see our End of Year reports and our project blogs where you can read about some of the projects we have funded, including:

Tawny owl looking out

A Tawny Owl captured moving into an owl nest box at Raylands Country Park, just one of a few wildlife-friendly initiatives funded at the site by the Nature Recovery Award.

How to Apply

If you wish to receive a site visit and in-person advice from project staff to help support your application and develop your project idea, please contact the project prior to your submission at [email protected] and we will happily arrange this for you. We strongly encourage a site visit, as this tends to lead to stronger proposals that are more likely to be funded.

Please complete the application form below and email it to [email protected]. Following submission, we will email confirming receipt of your application. If you require a physical copy of the application form, please contact the project so we can supply you with one. You may use the Guidelines Notes below for further support and information regarding your application.

Nature Recovery Award Application Form

Nature Recovery Award Application Guidance Notes

To fill out the form, download the file, and once it is open in Word, select 'enable editing'.

Funding Round Dates

The Nature Recovery Award (Round 14) is currently OPEN for applications. This funding round will close Thursday 29th Feb 2024. See below for all funding rounds running in 2024.

Applications will be judged by a professional panel and all applicants will be contacted whether successful or not. If you have any further questions, please email [email protected]

Round 15
Grant opens Monday 1st April, and closes Friday 31st May.

Round 16

Grant opens Monday 1st July, and closes Friday 30th August. 

Round 17

Grant opens Tuesday 1st October, and closes Friday 29th November.

A newly created large pond at Great Barn Farm using Nature Recovery Award funding, ready to settle into the landscape with the addition of vegetation. You can read more about this project in our blog here.