The Sustainable Development Fund is available in both England and Wales to support innovative and sustainable projects involving local communities within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The grant is delivered by the Wye Valley AONB Unit, but set up in Wales by the Welsh Government and co-ordinated by the Countryside Council for Wales, and in England by Defra.
What is the purpose of the fund?
The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) aims, through partnership, to develop and test ways of achieving a more sustainable way of living in a landscape of great natural beauty and diversity.
The Fund is primarily for practical, innovative schemes that engage local communities. The Sustainable Development Fund seeks to conserve and enhance the local characteristics of wildlife, landscape, land use and community.
Sustaining the social well-being and economic viability of communities are also important aims of SDF.
The projects that will be supported are those which meet the statutory purpose of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), which is:
To conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
How much money is available?
Up to £90,000 will be available in the financial year 2012/13 and £85,000 in 2013/14.
Applications can be for small grants of less than £1,000 or larger grants of up to £25,000
Who can apply for funding?
The scheme is available to any organisation including community or voluntary groups, local authorities, as well as the private sector and individuals. The private sector and individuals must demonstrate that their projects have a wider public benefit.
The proposed project must meet the purpose of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the objectives of the scheme and be located in or have direct benefit to the Wye Valley AONB.
Your project must comply with any relevant regulatory requirements e.g. planning permission, building regulations etc.
Examples of projects, which may be funded by SDF:
The grant is aimed at small scale holdings, parish/community councils and community spaces, where biodiversity gains can engage and benefit those who live within the local environment.
Eligible works may include:
To discuss the suitability of your project contact :
Community Links Officer
T: 01600 710844
Read about successful SDF Projects here
Download the SDF Application form
Download Notes for applicants
Download the Guidelines for applicants
Download current funding update
Download Landscape Enhancement Application
Download Landscape Enhancement Notes
If you have an opinion about how the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) should be in five years’ time or have thoughts on the issues, options and opportunities for the area then you have an chance over the next 10 weeks to get your opinions heard. Then access the draft management plan here
An AONB project dealing with people living with dementia has received funding for a 4 yr project
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