Pebble Fund

PEBBLE is the biodiversity improvement fund 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 watch videos about some of previous projects in  our PEBBLE playlist or read our case studies listed: "In this section" on this page.

You can apply for any amount of funding, this table is a guide to show you the amount of funding which has previously been awarded for projects.

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.

PEBBLE timetable

Please note that our application schedule has been delayed due to COVID-19. We will try to follow this timetable as much as possible. 

Year one             
Jun Jul       Aug     Sep Oct Nov Dec
Applications open 15 June Applications evaluated Applicants informed of outcome Successful applicants return terms and conditions Transfer of funds for successful applicants


Year two    
Jan - Feb     Mar - Apr     May - Jun     Jul - Aug     Sep - Oct     Nov - Dec    
Project delivery


Year three            
Jan - Feb Mar - Apr May - Jun Jul - Aug Sep - Oct Nov - Dec
Project delivery From 1 April: final report and supporting documents to be submitted


Apply for a PEBBLE grant

Complete the application for the PEBBLE fund