Grants - Suspended, see below.
One of the biggest challenges facing us when we have a great idea for projects/events/workshops that WE know will benefit the natural environment or influence our understanding of it is finding funding to help us achieve our goal.
WREN hopes to help you along the way by keeping you in touch with what funding is out there. We also aim to set up small grants opportunities through WREN. So do keep checking this part of our web site if you are keen to take advantage of the ever changing funding scene.
- One of the best sources of information for funding for projects that will be of benefit for the natural environment is the Scottish Natural Heritage Website. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have their own grants schemes but also have a dedicated team of people who keep their ear to the ground to find out what new funding opportunities are available through other funding bodies. So do drop into the grants section of the SNH website as your first port of call.
- BRISC (Biological Recording in Scotland) & GNHS (Glasgow Natural History Society) are together offering 7 bursaries of £200 towards attending a training course in natural history field studies skills. http://www.brisc.org.uk/bursaries
In recent years, the WREN small project grant scheme has supported many local initiatives. Past recipients of WREN grants include Gairloch High School, Ullapool High School, the Bees and Beer Club, Wester Ross Air Scouts, local wildlife surveys, Wester Ross Fisheries Trust schools projects, Two Lochs radio, Strathburn House, Laide Community Woodland and various other groups and individuals who have developed projects within their communities or on their land. However for now, so that WREN can exist for a wee bit longer (and cover the costs of hiring the meeting room and other expenses), we’ve decided to suspend the small grant scheme until additional funds are secured.
Scottish Government cutbacks mean that both the Highland Council and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) will have less money to support local biodiversity groups such as WREN. For the WREN small grants scheme to continue in future years, we are currently looking at a variety of possibilities within the local community to secure new funds, including renewable energy projects and tourism related businesses (which indirectly benefit from initiatives aimed at supporting wildlife and improving amenities in the area) and some of the larger NGOs.Thank you to all who have applied for a WREN grant and carried out a project on behalf of others over recent years. Most of you are also volunteers! Many of the benefits have been shared by all of us.