Badgers can act as a wildlife reservoir for Mycobacterium bovis, the bacterium which causes tuberculosis (TB) in cattle. Badger vaccination aims to reduce the transmission and spread of the disease in the badger population with the intention of reducing the risk of cattle contracting TB.

For more information please read ourĀ factsheet


Defra has decided to open a second application window for the Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (BEVS 2) before the end of 2018.

The grant will provide financial support for eligible vaccination projects on a cost-sharing basis. Applicants will be subject to a robust grant approvals process which is in line with the Government’s Grant Standards.

Are you interested in the opportunity of a grant and would like some help to guide you through the process?

If so, please get in touch as soon as possible – and no later than 31 October 2018 – by emailing

Once you have expressed your interest, you will be contacted by a Defra official who will seek to give you informal guidance and information on the application process.

Information was published on GOV.UK when the first application window was opened at the end of 2017. This will be updated in due course.

Please note: an expression of interest is not essential. If you decide not to express an interest you can still apply when the application window opens.

If you have any questions, please email