New Forest National Park Authority Sustainable Communities Fund

The aim of the fund is to strengthen the well-being and sustainability of communities within the National Park.

The fund supports projects that:

  • Provide sustainable transport options, including cycling facilities, to help enable visitors and residents to travel car-free in the New Forest and reduce the impact of traffic. 
  • Conserve the biodiversity of the National Park by supporting local landowners to deliver wildlife conservation improvements aimed at improving landscape integrity and resilience against climate change. 

Sustainable transport funding

Specific funds are available to help enable visitors and residents to travel car-free in the New Forest, reduce the impact of traffic on the National Park, and provide sustainable transport options.

Up to £15,000 is available for projects that enable:

  • more walking and cycling for local journeys
  • travel by bus, rail and cycle to and around the National Park for visitors and residents
  • development of sustainable travel packages, making it easy to reach key attractions
  • improvements to key public transport services.

Some example projects are:

  • mini bus services for major events in the National Park
  • community-led walking and cycling guides that showcase sustainable travel options in the National Park to different audiences
  • marketing activities of transport operators (e.g. cycle hire providers, guided experience providers)
  • improving skills within related sectors (e.g. apprenticeships with cycle hire operators)
  • supporting campsite and holiday park operators to encourage visitors to leave their cars on site
  • supporting major visitor attractions to promote car-free travel to their customers.

Terms and conditions apply, so contact the team to discuss your project idea. 

Biodiversity funding

Specific funds are available for local landowners to deliver wildlife conservation improvements as part of the New Forest Landscape Partnership Scheme.

The grant application process will be managed by the Restoring Lost Landscapes Project Officer, working within the New Forest Land Advice Service. They will work with owners and managers of grassland, heathland, coastal and wetland Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs) on up to 30 sites included in the project. The grants will help to reduce 'landscape at risk' by improving biodiversity, landscape integrity and resilience against climate change within the National Park.

Up to £10,000 is available for environmental improvements including:

  • hedge planting and restoration
  • tree planting
  • seed harvesting and seed for grassland restoration
  • scrub removal
  • tree management
  • invasive plant removal.

If you have a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation and would like to find out more about the project and grants available please contact Angela Peters on 01590 646654 or email angela.peters@nflandadvice.org.uk for more information.

Funds available

For projects requesting up to £2,000 the Authority can provide up to 100 per cent of project costs. These applications are assessed as and when they are received, by the grants officer and chair of the assessment panel.

For all other projects over £2,000 the Authority can provide up to 75 per cent of project costs although this is restricted to 50 per cent for businesses. These applications are assessed by a specialist panel.

Get more information on sustainable transport funding limits.

How to apply

The Authority welcomes applications from individuals, businesses, organisations and community groups from the public, private and voluntary sector.

Before you make an application please contact the grants officer on 01590 646634 or scf@newforestnpa.gov.uk to discuss your project idea.