Stour Valley Environment Fund

Aerial view of fields and villages

The Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley has established the Stour Valley Environment Fund (SVEF) to support charities and voluntary groups working to enhance the environment in the Stour Valley. 

The Stour Valley Environment Fund (SVEF) was established as an endowed fund with Essex Community Foundation (reg. charity no. 1052061) in 2011 to support voluntary and community organisations working to enhance the environment and community in the Stour Valley area, in perpetuity.

The Fund is managed by the Essex Community Foundation.

The Stour Valley Environment Fund is both donation seeking and grant giving, and provides a channel through which individuals, families, companies or charitable trusts can support the Stour Valley landscape. 

By pooling donations into one charitable Fund we can have a much more powerful impact to support environmental activities in the Stour Valley. The fund is expected to grow over the years with donations, legacies and investment.

The Fund will consider grant applications of up to £2,500 from voluntary and community organisations working to enhance the environment and community life in the Stour Valley area, on both Essex and Suffolk sides of the river Stour.

Stour Valley Environment Fund gives preference to projects within the Project area as a whole and not necessarily to projects in the AONB itself.

There are a number of ways you can get involved with the Stour Valley Environment Fund:

  1. Make a donation to the Stour Valley Environment Fund
  2. Apply for an Stour Valley Environment Fund grant
  3. Become a Stour Valley Environment Champion 

When is the grant application deadline for the SVEF?

Enquiries can be made to Essex Community Foundation throughout the year.

Grants awarded by SVEF

  • Daws Hall received £1,160 to help create additional resources and contribute to staff costs at an educational nature reserve in Lamarsh, Essex.
  • Sudbury Market Town Partnership received £500 towards the ‘greeniversity’ project, supporting Transition Sudbury to continue activity to raise profile.
  • Dedham Vale AONB & Stour Valley Project received £1,218 towards extending the Scattered orchards project up the Stour Valley, in Essex and Suffolk.
  • Daws Hall received £2,500 for a project to build a raised walkway and a viewing platform at the important education centre and nature reserve.
  • Bures Common Land received £2,500 to help provide a post and rail fence around the village green in Bures.
  • Wormingford Community Education Centre received £2,500 to help provide healthy living and outdoor activities for the rural community of Wormingford
  • 2nd Witham Boys Brigade received £2,500 to complete a board walk pathway at Peter’s Vale Twinstead.
  • 1st Steeple Bumpstead Scout Group to receive £2,480 for equipment, training and professional tree services to enable the scout group to be involved in conservation work along the Bellropes.

To apply to the SVEF

Please visit the Essex Community Foundation website for the general grant application form and guidelines.


For further information or to discuss a grant request, please call the Essex Community Foundation’s grants team on 01245 356018 or you can email.