ReNature – School Grants

ReNature School Grants

Up to £150 available for Schools

Your school can help to ReNature the South Downs National Park.

As part of our ReNature campaign, mini-grants for up to £150 are available for activities that support nature and raise awareness of the special qualities of the National Park. Grant recipients will receive a written list of resources alongside their funding.

Applications will be accepted between 1 March and 6 May 2022 for activity to take place in the Summer Term 2022. Applications will be prioritised on a first-come-first-served basis.

What can your school do to help ReNature?

We want the rich habitats of the South Downs National Park to be enhanced, extended and connected. Wildlife should be able to move easily through the landscape and adapt to climate change.

There are so many ways that you can help, such as planting for pollinators or encouraging responsible water use. Download and use this interactive introductory presentation (PowerPoint) with your class or eco club and get your pupils thinking about how they could ReNature at school.

Who can apply?

To qualify your school should

  • be a state-funded Primary or Secondary school with 10% or more pupils eligible for free school meals. We use the ‘Get information about schools service‘ as our data source to confirm percentage of free school meals.

AND

  • be within the South Downs National Park or within 10km of the boundary. Please see map below and list here.

Map of South Downs National Park boundary with added 10 km area outside to show eligible areas for schools.

Note: If your school is within the criteria but not on our list you are still likely to be eligible. Some academies and trusts have registered addresses that fall outside of the filters on our list. Contact us if you would like to discuss.

We want to support as many schools as possible and will only accept one application per school. If your school is part of the City of Meadows project in Brighton & Hove you should check whether you are in receipt of this funding through Brighton & Hove Environmental Education (BHee).

What can I apply for?

In the application form we ask what action you’ll be taking. This list of ReNaturing ideas may help give some inspiration.

Your activity could take place in the school grounds, or, with appropriate landowner permission, at a nearby green space. We would like the majority of the activity to take place in Summer Term 2022, and will ask you to provide an evaluation by the end of the Autumn Term 2022.

Up to £150 will be given for the costs of:

  • Materials
  • Equipment
  • Books and education resources (if these support the practical activities that deliver your actions – we will not fund these on their own)

Note: Grants cannot be used for: staff and training costs; education providers and trips, travel, or activities that have already taken place.

When and how to apply?

The application should be driven by pupils and may be organised by a class, eco-club, after school or other school social club and submitted by a member of staff, parent or governor at the school.

The application form is available to download here.

Complete the application form and send it to grants@southdowns.gov.uk with the heading: ReNature – School Grant.

Applications will be accepted between 1 March 2022 and 6 May 2022. Applications will be prioritised on a first-come-first-served basis until the funding is allocated. Applications submitted before the end of term 8 April will hear back from us by the end of the month. Those submitted after will hear back from us by the end of May

What happens next?

If successful, you will be asked to accept some grant conditions on behalf of the school. The funding is given up-front by cheque. Grant recipients will need to return monitoring information and photographs by the end of Autumn Term 2022.

South Downs National Park ReNaturing logo