Grant funding opportunities for Cotswolds visitor giving scheme

The Cotswolds Conservation Board is offering grants for projects and activities that conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and improves the public’s understanding and enjoyment of what makes the area special.

We hope to put out another call for projects in Autumn 2016.

Grants available from £500 up to a maximum £2,500.

Visitor Giving is a method by which businesses collect funds from their customers for local environmental projects. It is associated with the tourism industry and is based on the premise that visitors may wish to contribute something towards the conservation of the wonderful place they have come to see and enjoy.

The money raised goes to support projects across the Cotswolds, delivered by the many committed organisations and communities who are working hard to look after the things that make the Cotswolds special. The Cotswolds Conservation Board along with the partners of the scheme is looking for projects that:

•    Conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the landscape
•    Manage and restore habitats for wildlife
•    Manage and improve footpaths and bridleways
•    Look after the area’s distinctive historical heritage
•    Provide countryside access information and/or improve the public’s understanding of the things that make the Cotswold’s special

Individuals, businesses, community groups and members of the voluntary sector can all apply.

In the last few years a number of organisations benefited from Visitor Giving grants, they included the World Land Trust. The trust’s £500 grant went towards woodland coppicing and site interpretation at Kites Hill Nature Reserve. A grant of £500 went to the Cotswolds Rivers Trust towards river restoration work on the River Coln and a community group in Winchcombe has been able to complete a missing section of hard surface footpath thanks to the scheme.  Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Trust received a grant of £2,500 towards the reconstruction of a railway near Hayles Abbey.  Bristol Avon Rivers Trust received a grant of £1,000 for the Sherston River IMProvement Project (SHRIMP).   To find out more about these project click here.

To download our guidance note for applicants click here



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