Landscape Planning and Heritage

Small Grants Scheme


HBIC maintain a small fund to support local volunteer recorders.

Bids can be made by groups and individuals from the recording community to support recording activities, and by those who improve the efficiency of data management and improve accessibility to their data. The main objective of the fund is therefore to increase the amount of data available to the wider HBIC Partnership.

The funding can be used towards :

  • digitising paper records - priority given to recent data & under-represented taxa

  • purchase of data management tools, including upgrading

  • training

  • publication of atlases and checklists

  • field survey equipment including ID guides, for use by the group

  • promotional activities to encourage greater recording/increase capacity

Submitting bids

Recording Groups or individuals are invited to submit bids which should consist of a brief summary of how the funding would be spent towards meeting the above objectives and the timescale involved using the Grant Scheme Form Microsoft Word 141kB. Only one bid is allowed per species recording group/individual per year and only recording groups or societies will be allowed to bid for capital items such as books, field equipment etc. Bids will be assessed by the HBIC Steering Group as to their value for money and effectiveness towards increasing the amount of data available.

The deadline for the next round is Friday 29 January 2016 to be discussed and confirmed by the HBIC Steering Group in March 2016.  The maximum amount per bid will be £500.  Please send your submissions to and please type "Supporting Local Recording Fund" in the subject line.