Project funding

Generation Green is made possible thanks to a £2.6 million grant from the UK government.

Generation Green is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

The fund was developed by Defra and its Arm's-Length Bodies. It is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.

About the project funders

Green Recovery Challenge Fund

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a short-term competitive fund to kick-start environmental renewal while creating and retaining a range of jobs. It is open to environmental charities and their partners to deliver projects in England.

The aim of the fund is to support projects that are ready to deliver and focus on nature restoration, nature-based solutions and connecting people with nature, delivering against the goals of the UK government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, while helping to sustain and build capacity in the sector.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry and sustaining a thriving rural economy.

Our broad remit means we play a major role in people's day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.

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The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest dedicated grant funder of the UK’s heritage. Since 1994, we’ve awarded over £8 billion to more than 44,000 projects across the UK.

We believe that understanding, valuing and sharing our heritage brings people together, inspires pride in communities and boosts investment in local economies. We distribute National Lottery grants from £3,000 to £5 million and over, funding projects that sustain and transform the UK's heritage. We provide leadership and support across the heritage sector, and advocate for the value of heritage.

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Environment Agency

The Environment Agency works to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development. It is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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Natural England

Natural England are the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England.

We help to protect and restore our natural world. Natural England is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission increases the value of woodlands to society and the environment.

This government department is responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands.

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Who is running the project?

Generation Green is the first project to be delivered by the Access Unlimited coalition. The coalition comprises YHA (England & Wales) – who are hosting the project on behalf of the partners – The Outward Bound Trust, Scouts, Girlguiding, Field Studies Council and the 10 English National Parks. 

The project capitalises on the combined reach of the coalition partners of more than two million young people.

Project partners

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