Grant types

The programme offers three different categories of grants with the majority of support directed to preparing for and removing small dams from rivers.

Category A: Programme supported dam removals

These grants will support a range of interventions that lead to the removal of small dams in catchments that offer the highest potential for river restoration and ecosystem recovery.

Category A is currently divided into four subcategories.

A1. Barrier Identification and prioritisation
Supporting the identification and strategic selection of small dams in a catchment that could later be removed via a grant from the programme. An important output of the grant should be an inventory of barriers (including location, height, width, and photos). These grants may also support outreach to the local community to explore removal potential.

Category A1 is intended for geographical areas that offer very high potential for the restoration of river flow and biodiversity (ecologically valuable areas) but where there is currently low capacity, resources, and attention to dam removal.

A2. Dam removal: pre-demolition
Supporting the development of essential, preparatory work required to remove a dam that could later be supported by the programme. Examples of pre-demolition work include feasibility studies, preparation of technical design documents, and securing permissions and permits.

A3. Dam removal: demolition
Demolition of a barrier. No pre-demolition work required / pre-demolition work already funded by a third party.

A4. Dam removal: demolition
Demolition of a barrier. Pre-demolition work previously funded by the programme (i.e. a grantee successfully completed an A1 or A2 grant, and the barrier is now ready for removal).

Category B: Enabling others to remove dams

These grants will support preparatory work when funding for the dam removal (demolition) can be sourced from an alternative funder.

Preparatory work leading to a dam removal funded by a third party
Supporting the development of essential work required to prepare for the removal of a dam, for example, feasibility studies, preparation of technical design documents, and securing permissions and permits. The completion of the work will result in the dam being removed by a third party.

We are currently not accepting applications. The next call for Category A and B dam removal grants is scheduled for 29 October 2024.