NEIRF Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund

The second application window for the Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund is now open.

The Government has announced that organisations seeking investment for nature projects to tackle climate change, create and restore habitats, or improve water quality are being urged to apply for the second and final round of the Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund.

The fund will provide grants of up to £100,000 to environmental groups, local authorities, businesses and other organisations to help them develop nature projects in England to a point where they can attract private investment.

Environment Minister Lord Benyon said:

As nations come together at COP26 to make important commitments to protect and enhance our natural environment, it is vital that we drive greater levels of private sector investment, alongside continued public sector funding, if we are to successfully tackle the climate and biodiversity crises. “The fund has already provided support to 29 projects working to create new woodlands and wetlands and restore peatlands, with the second round of funding providing more opportunities for organisations to get support to attract private sector investment in their projects.

Supporting a greener future

NEIRF will help deliver on commitments in the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and Green Finance Strategy, as well as supporting the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution and the Net Zero Strategy.

How to apply

Applicants have until 3 February 2022 to apply. Application forms and guidance can be found on

Further information

Further information including FAQs and case studies are available on our dedicated NEIRF SharePoint site, where forthcoming events will be published. If you would like access, or have any other questions, please email: