Net Zero, Resilience and Green Skills Programme (£2.9m)

Net Zero, Resilience and Green Skills Programme

This funding opportunity is for investment into resilience infrastructure and nature-based solutions that protect local businesses and community areas from the effects of climate change, such as flooding and coastal erosion.


Minimum award: £200,000

Maximum award: £2.9m


Application deadlines:

Review point 1: 30/05/2023

Review point 2: 24/07/2023

The deadline for all applications is 5pm on the dates stated above.


Please note: We reserve the right to withdraw or close any review points.

Investment Priority: Supporting Local Business

Given its location as a coastal region, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The aim of this funding is to protect properties and vulnerable businesses from the effects of coastal erosion and flooding, thereby safeguarding jobs and supporting productivity.

A non-exhaustive list of the type of activity that could be funded under this scheme includes:

  • Habitat restoration and protection that form part of a flood resilience scheme, such as tree planting, woodland and wetland restoration or new habitat creation
  • Making Cornwall more drought tolerant, habitats more resilient and improving potable water quality.
  • Rainwater harvesting and innovative water management schemes to reduce water demand and the carbon cost of water treatment, whilst benefiting natural ecosystems, and reducing flash flooding
  • Sand dune expansion and management as a natural erosion management tool
  • Development of carbon credit and habitat bank schemes that leverage private sector investment towards nature restoration
  • River restoration and river management schemes
  • The development of green skills to support the growth and sustainability of nature-based resilience infrastructure
  • The IoS suffer from saltwater intrusion into ground water supplies leading to an increased reliance on desalination plants which are energy intensive and normally fossil fuel driven. Innovative ways of reducing desalination resilience and providing alternative sources of potable water are encouraged.

As well as delivering against the Good Growth principles, it will be important for applicants to demonstrate how your project aligns with key strategic objectives outlined in the CIoS Environmental Growth Strategy and, for coastal projects, the CIoS Shoreline Management Plan. Consideration of alignment with other county-wide schemes should also be demonstrated, such as the Defra funded Pathfinder Property Flood Resilience project.

>>> For full details on the Net Zero, Resilience and Green Skills Programme, Download the initiation form.


Want to apply?

Please fill out the details of your project via the initial enquiry form below. The Good Growth team will respond to you within five working days with the next steps.

The Good Growth team will send you the relevant application form, where applicable, which will need to be returned to the Good Growth team via email in advance of the application deadline.

More information on what will be required in your application is available on the Application Support page.


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