I only just found out about this so there's not much time to apply but I wanted to share it. It's probably most suitable for farmers as they want large ponds, minimum 150m2 but even small ponds are beneficial to wildlife so anyone can create one in their garden and it will attract insects, amphibians and birds.
FWAG South West are partnering with Natural England to create ponds across Somerset for the conservation of Great Crested Newts. They are offering up to £3,100 to create new ponds through EnTrade’s auction platform.
The auction will run from 26th November to 18th December 2020. If you come under the target areas shown on the map (See link), you can bid to create 2 to 6 ponds.