For small habitats grants

By creating green routes in Solihull we will connect parks, urban centres and employment sites, improving access for everyone.

Wildlife Ways is supporting our environment by investing in lots of projects ranging from planting up our verges and our parks to revitalising our wetlands, woodlands and grasslands. By supporting our environment in this way we will soon see a more diverse range of plants and animals in our borough.

Our greener network will also absorb CO2 emissions, help guard against flooding and reduce pollution.

Small Habitats Grants Programme

Another feature of the Wildlife Ways programme is the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s (GBSLEP) £2.2m Small Habitats Grants Programme funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) administered by Solihull Council.

Grants are available from £20,000-£200,000 to support smaller projects from organisations in the GBSLEP area including not just Solihull but also Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Cannock, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Redditch, Tamworth and Wyre Forest with the aim of improving the conservation status of land in the GBSLEP area.

The scheme is open to the following:

  • Charities
  • Statutory organisations
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Community or voluntary organisations
  • Parish or Town Councils
  • Businesses (if their land is open to public all year round)
  • Schools (if their land is open to public all year round)

The eligibility criteria cover any innovative projects which improve land, water, air quality and the general environment for people and wildlife.

Applications update:

Please note that the Small Habitats Grant Programme is continuing to accept applications irrespective of the current Covid-19 lockdown. The next round closes on 30 September 2020.

To look at the projects approved to date, see the Small Habitats Grants Projects List

How to apply:

Please email esif@solihull.gov.uk if you think you have a potential Small Habitats Grants Project. This should include a brief description of the project, approximate costs and the size of the area to be improved.  If the project meets the criteria an application form will be sent to you to complete.

Advice and support is available from the Project Officer, Sandra Washington at esif@solihull.gov.uk or telephone 0121 704 6024 throughout the application process.

Application Process

To see how applications are assessed, see the Small Habitats Grants Approval Flowchart

Once you have completed and submitted your application our ecologist and our grants officer will do an initial check of your application to ensure it is complete and eligible. You may be asked some additional questions and to provide additional information and the ecologist may request to visit the site.

The grant application will then be appraised. Depending on when your application is submitted it might take between 2- 4 months to receive an approval/rejection. Please do not start any work before you receive the award, as payment can only be made for works completed after the date of the funding agreement.

The decision of the Small Habitats Grants Board is final.

Upon receiving a funding agreement it will be expected that your organisation will deliver the project as approved and grant claims will be submitted in line with the profile and milestones, along with the evidence of defrayed expenditure. Once this has been agreed we will release the grant payment. The Habitats Grants Ecologist will visit the site post-project completion to verify the works have been completed and the hectares claimed are correct.

Please contact the Project Officer, Sandra Washington if you have any questions on the GBSLEP Small Habitats Grants Programme

For more questions on Small Habitats Grants read the Small Habitat Grants FAQs

Solihull Bees and Trees Project

We have started the Solihull Bees and Trees project, a year-long scheme which includes woodlands and grassland management works.

Bees and Trees is part of the Wildlife Ways / Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s (GBSLEP) Small Habitats Grants Programme – part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

This programme supports a wide range of habitat and nature improvements across the borough and beyond. The Solihull Bees and Trees Project will ensure better conservation for over 23 hectares of habitat.

We are currently on site in Dorridge Park working on a programme of grassland improvements. You can read more about this project here.

Woodland management works have been completed at Browns Coppice, Cut Throat Coppice, Elmdon Coppice, Elmdon Nature Park, Coldlands Wood and Lavender Hall Park.

Later this year we will be undertaking some improvements to local grassland areas. Keep returning here for more details.