Defra have launched a new round of the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund

The latest round of defra’s Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund is now open to applications. The £2.5 million fund serves to support individuals who act as facilitators to bring together groups of farmers, foresters, and other land managers to improve environmental outcomes in their local area.

The government website says the following:

The £2.5 million fund encourages collaboration between farming groups and supports Government efforts to improve the environment and create cleaner, greener landscapes. The fund is an important part of the Rural Payments Agency’s aim to support agricultural and rural communities across the country.

The funding allows facilitators, for example local farming and nature groups and charities, to give advice and share knowledge with groups of farmers and other land managers on activities such as restoring habitats for wildlife and improving biodiversity, creating woodland, improving air and water quality, or restoring historic environments.

The application window closes on 25th January 2023. For more information, visit the government website.