Grants for projects


Essex & Suffolk Water’s Branch Out scheme, which offers grants of up to £25,000 to projects which benefit the natural environment, wildlife and local communities, is inviting new applications for funding.

Branch Out supports projects enhance the local environment, and benefit wildlife and communities.

Applications are welcomed from organisations, community groups and individuals from the public, private, voluntary and education sectors. The deadline for the current round of funding is 31 August 2019.

Since launching in 2013 Branch Out has awarded grants worth over £400,000 across nearly 100 different projects.

Judging for the most recent round of Branch Out funding took place in March 2019, with around £20,000 of funding being allocated across six new projects.

Projects can also be supported by ‘Just an Hour’, Essex & Suffolk Water’s employee volunteering programme.

The RSPB made a successful bit for Branch Out funding for their new Flatford Wildlife Garden, in East Bergholt, Essex, receiving a grant of £10,700.

RSPB Warden Shirley Sampson said: “The grant from Essex & Suffolk Water’s Branch Out scheme will help us to truly realise the potential of Flatford Wildlife Garden and provide a wonderful experience for everyone who comes to visit it.”

Full details on how to apply are available at All applications will be carefully considered and judged against set criteria. Decisions for applications will be provided by 30 September 2019.


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