All applications will be assessed by regional panels including representatives from Keep Wales Tidy, Welsh Government, Local Nature Partnerships and local nature experts.

Applications will be judged against programme criteria, with priority given to applications who meet the following key scheme criteria:

  • Places with little or no access to nature. Priority will be given to sites with no green space at all.
  • Urban and peri-urban areas.
  • Places with the highest levels of deprivation – priority will be given to applicants in the 30% most deprived of any Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation statistic, by super-output area.
  • Involve disadvantaged groups, disengaged, or underrepresented groups particularly BAME and disabled people (physical and learning, including visual, hearing and speech impairment)

When considering applications, the panel will award packages across a broad range of locations / partners / organisations so that different approaches can be trialled and monitored.

The panel will decide whether an application is:

  1. Successful
  2. Unsuccessful
  3. On the ‘reserve’ list

If all above priorities are scored equally, then the package will be awarded to the applicant in the area of highest overall deprivation according to the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation.