Water Restoration Fund: guidance for applicants

GrantsApply for a grant to restore and improve rivers, streams, canals, lakes, ponds, wetlands or estuarine waters.

Applies to England



The Water Restoration Fund (WRF) has 2 types of grants, development and delivery awards, to fund projects that restore and improve water and wetland environments such as:

  • rivers and their headwaters
  • canals
  • lakes
  • ponds
  • wetlands - both freshwater and saltwater
  • estuarine waters

Development awards

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Grant value: from £75,000 to £250,000
Project length: 6 to 12 months
Project start date: from July 2024 
Project end date: within 12 months of the project start date

Delivery awards

Delivery awards are medium to long-term grants to help you carry out projects you’ve already planned.

Grant value: from £500,000 to £2 million
Project length: 12 to 30 months
Project start date: from July 2024 
Project end date: by 31 March 2027

Follow these steps to apply for the Water Restoration Fund.

  1. Read about the Water Restoration Fund to check who can apply, and how much money you could receive
  2. Read how to apply for the Water Restoration Fund
  3. Complete your application and email it with any supporting evidence to

If your application is successful, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will send you a grant funding agreement (GFA).


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Applications updatedfor 8 June 2024 + show all updates

  1. Applicationsopen closeduntil at11.59pm 11:59on pm Friday 7 June 20242024.