RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden, 2017 SDF funded project credit Rick Vonk

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. Grants can be for up to 50% of the project total. We will have £30,000 in the fund to award in 2018-19. See below for a list of the exciting projects we have funded so far.

Applications for 2018-19: We have some money available in the Fund, and it may be that we can consider a mid year application (providing criteria and completion in March 2019 are met). Download the guidance and application form below or contact Cathy for a discussion. 
In 2018-19 we are introducing a small grant criteria. Organisations who are seeking a grant up to/in the region of £500 can apply for 100% of the total project costs. This change is intended to support small projects and grass roots organisations where finding match funding would be prohibitive to delivering important local conservation.

Contact the AONB Funding Officer Cathy Smith (01394 445225) for more information and advice about applications to SDF or 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 2018-19

2018-19 funded projects (May 2018)
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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