Sustainable Development Fund

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Relevent Country: United Kingdom

The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is seeking applications for its Sustainable Development Fund to conserve and enhance natural beauty.

The Fund supports a wide range of costs, essentially, everything that is needed to complete (or develop) a project, that falls within the criteria of the grant, may be funded. The following list is not all encompassing but gives examples of what costs the SDF may support: capital works, practical work, events, activities, training, equipment, materials, technology, interpretation, planting, publicity, contract work, professional services or staff time.

Funding Information

  • There is formally no limit on the amount to be applied for per application. The panel usually award up to £5,000 per project although in exceptional circumstances higher awards may be made.
  • Grants are awarded for up to 70% of overall project costs, which may include ‘in kind’ contributions. For example, the value of volunteer time spent working on the project may be costed into the budget.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Fund is open to organisations and groups from the public, private or voluntary sectors. Whilst applications from individuals are not precluded, there needs to be wider public benefit and it is expected that in most cases applications will be submitted on behalf of organisations, groups of people or partnerships.
  • Geographic eligibility: Applicants may come from within or outside the AONBs. Projects need not necessarily come from, or be based in, the AONBs. However, projects must meet the Criteria of the Fund to further the conservation and enhancement of the AONB. An award may be made to a project located outside of the AONB where benefit is seen to be achieved for/within the AONB, for example (but not limited to) projects that benefits transient wildlife or enhances landscape views from the AONB.
  • Applicants need to have a bank account for full grant payment to be invoiced from and paid into. If this is not possible, the applicant may request (on the Application Form) to nominate a partner organisation to provide a bank account for project purposes.