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Water Restoration Fund Announced

For people wishing to undertake projects to improve waterways or wetlands, Defra have now opened up applications for two types of grants under The Water Restoration Fund.


The Water Restoration Fund (WRF) has 2 types of grants, development and delivery awards, to fund projects that restore and improve water and wetland environments such as:

  • rivers and their headwaters

  • canals

  • lakes

  • ponds

  • wetlands - both freshwater and saltwater

  • estuarine waters

Development awards

Development awards are short-term grants to build capability and help you design and plan future projects.

Grant value: from £75,000 to £250,000Project length: 6 to 12 monthsProject start date: from July 2024 Project end date: within 12 months of the project start date.

Delivery awards

Delivery awards are medium to long-term grants to help you carry out projects you’ve already planned.

Grant value: from £500,000 to £2 millionProject length: 12 to 30 monthsProject start date: from July 2024 Project end date: by 31 March 2027

Follow these steps to apply for the Water Restoration Fund.

  1. Read about the Water Restoration Fund to check who can apply, and how much money you could receive

  2. Read how to apply for the Water Restoration Fund

  3. Complete your application and email it with any supporting evidence to

If your application is successful, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will send you a grant funding agreement (GFA).

When you can apply

Applications for all grants are open until 11.59pm on Friday 7 June 2024.

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