RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden, 2010/11 SDF funded project

Sustainable Development Fund

The Dedham Vale AONB Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is available to a variety of local community and conservation organisations (or individuals) to support projects for the conservation and enhancement of the AONB.

There is an annual application process.  Note - an important change was made in 2014-15 and we now offer 50% of the grant total and not 75% as in previous years. We had £30,000 in the fund to award in 2017-18.   See below for a list of the exciting projects we have funded so far.

Applications for 2017-18 are now closed. 
For reference you can see the guidance information and an application form below.  Contact the AONB Funding Officer Cathy Smith (01394 445225) for more information and advice about applications to SDF. Email us at

The Dedham Vale AONB Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is a fund provided by the government Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to enable local communities and other organisations to make a difference in AONBs by promoting and achieving sustainable development. The AONB manages the Fund on behalf of Defra, and works with local organisations to encourage project development and applications. These projects focus on integrating the environment, local communities and the economy so that the unique landscape of the AONB is conserved and its natural beauty enhanced, making it more enjoyable for all.


SDF Application Form

SDF Guidance Information 2017-18

2017-18 funded projects 
2016-17 funded projects 
2015-16 funded projects 
2014-15 funded projects 
2013-14 funded projects

Map of Dedham Vale AONB

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