A new £27 million scheme to improve the water environment across England has been jointly launched by Defra, Natural England and the Environment Agency.
The Water Environment Grant scheme will provide £9 million each year over the next three years to applicants applying for funding to restore local eco-systems and deliver substantial benefits to people and the environment.
Potential projects could include river restoration activities, removal of obstacles along rivers and streams or actions to improve the water quality.
Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “The Water Environment Grant scheme offers a fantastic opportunity for applicants from across the country to secure funding for projects to enhance the environment, boost wildlife and benefit their rural community.”
The scheme, funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, will award grants to non-profit ventures with greater support for projects which enhance water eco-systems.