Apply for a grant

Apply for a grant

The Volunteer Conservation Fund

This fund is administered by the Trust on behalf of the Volunteer Ranger Service who want to allocate grants of up to £5,000 (£2,000 is the average grant) to projects in the National Park which have some Volunteer Ranger Service involvement.

The following organisations are able to apply:

  • Not-for-profit constituted voluntary/community groups or community interest companies
  • Registered charities
  • Parish Councils

In order to be eligible projects must:

  • Be not-for-profit
  • Contribute to the South Downs National Park Management Plan
  • Have some involvement from the Volunteer Ranger Service (decisions will be weighted towards more involvement)
  • Take place within South Downs National Park or within 5 miles of its boundary
  • Show how they will be maintained in the future

For more information and to discuss options please contact Mark Rose
mark.rose@southdownstrust.org.uk
01730 814810

The South Downs National Park Trust currently has the following grants open for applications:

South Downs volunteer rangers

The types of things that the funding could be spent on are: *


  • Materials
  • Contractors

*This is not an extensive list so please contact the Funding Co-ordinator if you are unsure whether your project costs would be eligible.

Unfortunately, because the Volunteer Ranger Service funds the following items in different ways, the following are not eligible for funding through this grant:


  • Training
  • Equipment
  • Staffing costs

The current grant round will close on the 28th February 2019 and the application process follows this cycle:

The current grant round will close on the 28th February 2019 and the application process follows this cycle:

A decision is usually made during the month following the round closing date and successful projects must be delivered within 12 months of the award date.