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 are now CLOSED. We are hoping to reopen for applicaitons in May/June 2018, please check back for details of the deadline.
For refernece you can see the guidance information and an application form below.
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.
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 Guidance Information 2018-19