WRG Training Grant

WRG's Training Award has been set up to assist with the cost of training volunteers in skills associated with inland waterway restoration. Since the early years, restoration projects have gradually become more and more complex, requiring volunteers to operate large machinery, conduct extensive surveys and deal with increasingly demanding legislation, all to the very highest standards. WRG's Training Award aims to promote a more confident and skilled volunteer workforce. The criteria for the award are set deliberately wide and encourage applications from individuals as well as canal societies who may wish to organise training for a group of volunteers.

This award can provide up to 75% of the direct costs (i.e. course costs, travel and accommodation expense) up to a maximum of £750.

Although there is a list of ‘preferred areas’ (see blue box) applications will be accepted for any area of training.

Please note:

Grant applications must be received in good time before training has commenced to allow time for review and discussion.

Restoration Skills of Particular Interest
Construction/ Restoration Techniques; Brickwork; Stonework; Woodwork; Ironwork; Bank Protection; Boat/engine restoration; Lifting and Handling; Plant; Any plant or equipment covered by WRG Driver Authorisation Scheme; Tirfor winches; Chainsaw, Strimmers and Forestry; Plant Maintenance; Environmental Science; Ecology Surveys; Nature Conservation; Design of mitigation measures; Hedge-laying; Project Skills; Safety Management; Heritage Management; Planning; Leadership; Quantity Surveying; Engineering Design; Archaeology/ Recording Techniques; First Aid.                   

How to Apply?

Training Grant - Application Form (pdf)
Training Grant - Fact Sheet (pdf) - to be read when completing application form.     

If you have any queries please contact Jenny Black on 01494 783 453 ext 604 or click here to email.