A NEW £27 million scheme to improve the water environment across England has been jointly launched by DEFRA, Natural England and the Environment Agency.

The Water Environment Grant scheme will provide £9 million each year over the next three years to applicants applying for funding to restore local eco-systems and deliver substantial benefits to people and the environment.

Potential projects could include river restoration activities, removal of obstacles to help fish moving along rivers and streams or actions to improve the water quality.

Environment minister Therese Coffey said: “This offers a fantastic to secure funding for projects to enhance the environment, boost wildlife and benefit the rural community.

“I am looking forward to seeing the creative and innovative projects of the applicants.”

The scheme, funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, will award grants to non-profit ventures with greater support for projects which enhance water eco-systems.

WEG is now open to eligible applicants until May 11, 2018.

Successful applicants will be expected to start their projects before March 2019, with completion dates of March 2021.  Apply HERE