Biodiversity and catchment management

Pebble Fund

PEBBLE is the biodiversity improvement from Cambridge Water.

Funding of up to £10,000 is available for community projects within our supply area that create, restore or improve habitat.

Three levels of funding ranging from £500 to £10,000 is available to organisations keen to enhance biodiversity within the Cambridge Water area of supply.

You can read about some of our previous projects "In this section" on this page.

Below is a table with a guide as to funding which has previously been given.

Type of project  Previous projects received
Pond creation/restoration £500 - £2,000
Community gardens and outdoor classroom (including sensory gardens) £500 - £4,000
Species specific habitat (e.g birds) £500 - £4,000
Wildflower areas and habitat restoration £500 - £4,000
Tree planting £1,000 - £5,000
Invasive non-native species £1,000 - £6,000
Ecological monitoring (and volunteering) £1,000 - ££8,000
River restoration £1,500 - £10,000

Projects outside of these categories are accepted and the table above is just a guide to help applicants avoid disappointment if their project is not fully funded. If your project falls into one of these categories but you feel your costs will exceed the amount stated, it may be beneficial to include a detailed cost breakdown with your application.

Dan Clark, Water Resources and Environment Manager for Cambridge Water, said: 

“At Cambridge Water, we recognise the importance of the local environment, and the part we play in the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity. Increasing the variety of natural living things and the diversity of the habitats where they live not only benefits wildlife, it can also enhance local communities and our open spaces.”

Applications are welcomed from schools, youth groups, charities or community organisations. They must either own the land or have permission from the landowner for the project and the work cannot have already taken place.
  • Applications window open: 1 May- 31 July
  • Projects evaluated by panel: 1 August – 30 September
  • Awards determined and sent to applicants by 31 October
  • Successful applicants to review terms and conditions and provide details of match funding (if relevant) and return to us: by mid December.
  • Transfer of payments: by 31 December.
Elements of your project that are funded by PEBBLE should be complete by the end of the following financial year (March 2021).

Project reports should be submitted two months after the project is complete. If the project is likely to extend past this time, please include a breakdown of estimated project delivery in your application.