Environmental Recorders Group (ERG)

This fund is currently closed for new applications. ERG Members will be notified by email when the fund is re-opened

The Environmental Recorders’ Group (ERG) was established to provide a forum for people in Northern Ireland who are interested in environmental recording. The group meets twice yearly for discussions, and to share ideas and expertise.

Membership is free, and an application form can be downloaded via the link below.

Any statutory or voluntary organisation, local society or individual interested in environmental recording may join ERG.

An ERG Grant scheme (ERG Fund) has been set up to encourage biological and geological recording in Northern Ireland. Priority is given to projects which support the objectives of the Northern Ireland Biodiversity Strategy. Every registered member of ERG is eligible to apply for an ERG Grant once per year.

Useful Documents

ERG Membership Form (PDF)

ERG Constitution (PDF)

ERG Equipment and Resource Loans (PDF)

Guidelines for ERG Grants (PDF)

ERG Fund Application Form (PDF)


  • How can I apply for an ERG Grant?

 To apply for an ERG Grant, please download and complete the ERG Fund Application Form (PDF) and return it to:
Damian McFerran, CEDaR Records Centre Manager, 153 Bangor Road, Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down, BT18 0EU

When filling in the form please refer to the Guidelines for ERG Grants (PDF). Remember to enclose three quotes for the costs associated with your suggested proposal.

  • Is there a limit to the amount of money I can apply for?

The upper limit for each grant is £1,000.

  • What is the deadline for submission of applications for an ERG Grant?

There is no closing date for applications.

  • Who decides which applications for an ERG Grant are successful?

The CEDaR Management Group, which comprises representatives of the Department of Natural Sciences, National Museums Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, considers all applications received and makes the final decision as to whether an application is successful or not.

  • When can I expect to hear if my application has been successful?

A final response to an ERG Grant application should be received within two months of receipt.

  • Do I need to provide a report about my project when I claim the ERG Grant?

Yes, a written report which sets out the results of the project should be submitted when the grant is claimed. There is also a requirement that any records made during a project supported by an ERG grant, or made using equipment acquired by means of an ERG grant, should be passed to CEDaR. Any specimens collected should also be lodged in the collections of the National Museums Northern Ireland. The CEDaR Management Group may set out additional conditions for any individual grant application.

  • Can I volunteer with CEDaR?

If you wish to assist CEDaR get in touch with us here.