More than £110,000 of grant funding now available across two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Essex and Suffolk

Woodland of Stour Valley

An annual grants scheme that sees over £110,000 given to community projects across Essex and Suffolk has opened for applications.

Communities are invited to apply for grants that are available across two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) six different grant funds in total – in the Coast & Heaths AONB and the Dedham Vale AONB & Stour Valley.

The AONBs are seeking applications from community projects that represent the widest range of society possible and supports equality of opportunities to access the funds.

The AONB grants wish to support projects that show innovation, social inclusion, sustainability, public benefit and partnership working. Individuals as well as organisations such as schools, businesses and community groups are all welcome to apply for funding.

The AONB grants are open to a wide range of applications that benefit the area, its communities, environment, economy, and access.

Previous examples of projects funded include art workshops for people with mental illness, new fencing and gates for nature and wildlife reserves, rural training for young people, as well as visitor information at well-known landmarks in the area.

Whether you have a project that covers topics such as wildlife conservation, access and diversity, climate change, health and wellbeing, learning, and heritage to give you a few examples, the AONBs welcome your applications.

For more information about the various grants that are available and the criteria and funding guidelines, please visit the Grants pages of our website or contact Oka Last, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Grants Officer, on 01394 445225 or