Funding news

New Defra scheme announced - 9 May 2012

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has asked Natural England to develop and run a new grant scheme called Paths for Communities (P4C), due to open to applications in May 2012.

The aim of the scheme will be to:

  • encourage and enable local communities to work with land owners to develop and enhance local public paths in ways that deliver wider benefit
  • offer a network with more appeal to visitors and tourists, contributing to the rural economy through better support for local services.

Natural England anticipates funding of £1 million in both the 2012/13 and 2013/14 financial years.

The scheme will be open to applications from partnerships between local community organisations and landowners/managers in England. Eligible businesses include shops, pubs, hotels, bed and breakfasts, equestrian suppliers and cycle companies.

Full details will be available on the Government Funding website once the scheme is formally launched and open to applications. For the current information availabl, see the Natural England website.