Core Funders

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The River Restoration Centre (RRC) is supported by the following seven UK environmental agencies. Each organisation has a grant or contract agreement related to the support that RRC can offer to their staff.  All staff of these organisations are automatically members of RRC and therefore have access to our core information and services.  

Core Funders

Environment Agency


The Environment Agency is a public body sponsored by DEFRA. EA "work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development". The EA's responsibilities encompass many aspects of river restoration including fisheries, flood risk, ecology, waste and contamination.

Check how EA staff can access support from RRC here.


The Esmée Fairbairn foundation is one of the largest independent grant making foundations in the UK, aiming to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future”. 

The RRC is funded by the Foundation to support trusts, partnerships and local groups delivering river restoration projects in the UK. Find out more here.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation



Natural England


Natural England is the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England, helping to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy and for the services they provide.

Natural England is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

Email RRC for more information on what support is available to Natural England staff.


Natural Resources Wales is a Welsh Government sponsored body. Its aim is to "ensure that the environment and natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, sustainably enhanced and sustainably used, now and in the future." 

River restoration and management falls under many of NRW's responsibilities.

How to access support

Natural Resources Wales



Rivers Agency


The Rivers Agency is the statutory drainage and flood defence authority for Northern Ireland. The Agency's aim is "to reduce the risk to life and damage to property from flooding from rivers and the sea and to undertake watercourse and coastal flood management in a sustainable manner."

As well as facilitating the social and economic benefits of effective flood management, the Rivers Agency also looks to develop the environment of Northern Ireland.

Email RRC for more information on what support is available to Rivers Agency staff.


EPA is Scotlands environmental regulator, this means they "protect and improve the environment, including the sustainable management of natural resources." 

As well as sustainably manage natural resources. SEPA also look to promote social and economic growth within Scotland.

Email RRC for more information on what support is available to SEPA staff.

   Scottish Environment    Protection Agency



Scottish Natural Heritage



SNH has been a continuous core funder since 1997 through its grant scheme. The current grant ended in November 2015 and we are in discussion over a new proposal for April 2016.

Funded by the Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage looks to promote the sustainable use of Scotland's natural environment.

SNH's mission statement is "All of nature for all of Scotland". They are working towards a vision of Scotland's Natural Heritage in 2025 which will require the involvement of many organisations and individuals.

How to access support


    Northern Ireland Environment          Agency


NIEA has been a core funder since 2007. The current agreement ended in November 2015 and due to the restructuring across Northern Ireland's government departments, a continuing agreement is yet to be explored.

The NIEA operates under the direction of the Northern Ireland Minister for the Environment. Its strategic objective is to "to create prosperity and well-being through Environment and Heritage excellence."

By advising, promoting, regulating and funding, NIEA are protecting and restoring Northern Ireland's rivers.

Email RRC for more information on what support is available to NIEA staff.