Funding for your pond project

Please note Freshwater Habitats Trust does not have funds available to distribute for pond creation or management, on this page we simply show avenues of funding we are aware of.

Funding sources are generally open to different groups e.g. community groups, schools and conservation groups. It is worth noting that gaining funding for freshwater habitat creation and management on private land is incredibly difficult to secure.

Here is a list of organisations which have funded pond related projects in the past. Inclusion on this list is no guarantee that funds are still available for pond projects and therefore applicants should contact the relevant organisation directly for further information. Please let us know if you hear of any new funding schemes or ones on the list that are now redundant at

Government Funding – for details of funds available through government departments visit; there is a subscription charge for use of the website.

Grantscape:; local and national funding programmes – especially interested in creation of habitats with high potential to support Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) species.

Biffa Award:, up to £50,000


SITA Trust:, up to £60,000

Green Award Partnership; Lancs only, £500

Entrust: is the regulator of the Landfill Community Fund, visit the website to search for LCFs available in your local area.

ARG: 100% grants are available for small pond creation and management projects for amphibian and reptile species

Community Awards – some funds are specifically for local community groups, including:

British Dragonfly Society – to encourage the study of dragonflies by all ages the British Dragonfly Society has and award sheme open to it’s members – aimed at individuals who are engaged in, or wish to establish, a small odonatological research project, with amoutns up to £250 available.

HLF Awards for All:, up to £10,000

B & Q Waste Donation Scheme:

Lincolnshire County Council Grants for Pond and Wetland Creation:  Lincolnshire County Council will provide a 50% grant up to a maximum of £500, for creating ponds and wetlands in order to increase biodiversity and enhance the landscape.

Leicestershire County Council’s grants – SHIRE Community Environmental Improvement Grant; open to parish council’s, schools, charities, and community projects in Leicestershire for up to 50% of cost to a max grant of £6,000.

Watermark Awards Wessex Water:, £500 – £1,500. Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol, Dorset and parts of Hampshire and Gloucestershire

Co-operative Community Fund:

Funds for projects in England only:

Medway Valley Countryside Partnership – For work planned in the boroughs of Maidstone, Tonbridge and Malling (Kent)

Kent Community Foundation Grassroots Grants: Kent only;

Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund  –   available in the areas most affected by Manchester Airport (South Manchester and Tameside, Trafford, Stockport, the boroughs (but not the towns) of Macclesfield and Congleton, also Vale Royal, and up to but not including Northwich.  Supports projects that encourage environmental improvement, provide better appreciation of the natural and urban environment and benefit the whole community.

Norfolk Community Foundation :
Norfolk Community Foundation operates many grants rounds each year, see Funds Held, The Foundation also operates a small grants programme, which awards grants of up to £500 throughout the year.

 BASC: have funding available for conservation projects on shoot sites via their Wildlife Habitat Trust page:

Naturesave Trust:

Funds for projects in Wales: