Sustainable Development Fund

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

There is an annual application process.The Sustainable Development Fund is a fund provided by the Department for 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, partnership, and social inclusion.

The AONB manages the Fund 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.

We usually have £30,000 in the fund to award each year and can award up to 70% of project costs. Organisations who are seeking a gran tup to/in the region of £500 can apply for 100% of the total project costs.

This is intended to support small projects and grassroots organisations where finding match funding would be prohibitive to delivering important local conservation.

The Sustainable Development Fund is now open for applications for projects in the 2021-22 year. Funded projects will run from July 2021 and will be completed by end of March 2022.

The deadline to receive the first round of applications to the Sustainable Development Fund is Monday 17 May 2021.

Please note dates are subject to the local elections going ahead on the dates as planned. If the dates of the local elections change, consequently,it is likely the Sustainable Development Fund grant giving programme dates will change.

The Sustainable Development Fund is open to applications from across the Dedham Vale AONB, which are outlined and highlighted on Google Maps.

For information and advice about the Sustainable Development Fund please contact AONB Grants Officer Oka Last at Dedham Vale AONB for an informal discussion, on 01473 265558 or by email.