Community organisations and charities involved in projects helping to keep Exmoor special or connect people with the area’s special qualities have until 23rd November to submit applications to Exmoor National Park’s Partnership Fund
Grants of up to £2,500 are available from the National Park Authority towards projects that help to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area, and/or promote opportunities for the public to understand and enjoy its special qualities.
Recent awards include:
Exmoor Pony Compost- Support to develop an innovative business idea to support the ongoing work of the Exmoor Pony Project, caring for Exmoor ponies. Well-mature pony manure is used to create rich quality, peat free compost for gardeners and growers, while generating vital funds to help support and safeguard the Exmoor Pony Project.
Exmoor Studios – A grant towards transforming a former Bank in Dulverton into a recording studio and theatre complex for local people. The new venture aims to attract visitors and trade to Dulverton following Covid-19, whilst safeguarding an historic building. It will be home to Exestream Radio and provide facilities for meetings, conferences and exhibitions.
Nature based play area – A contribution towards the development of a new natural play area in Luxborough including a dormouse-themed play sculpture with interpretation of the secret life of the Dormice population in Chargot Woods.
Dan James, Sustainable Economy Manager at Exmoor National Park Authority said: “So much of what we want achieve as a National Park Authority can only be delivered in partnership with others and our Partnership Fund offers small but important contributions towards this work. We would especially welcome applications from those that haven’t worked with us before and for original ideas that have the support of communities and partners.”
Details of the scheme criteria and application process are available at www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/partnership-fund
. Applications must be received in full by the 23rd November, with decisions made within a month. Further rounds will be announced subject to availability.