The Sustainable Development Fund is available in the Wales part of the Wye Valley AONB to support innovative and sustainable projects involving local communities within and adjacent to the AONB. The grant is delivered by the Wye Valley AONB Unit, on bhalf of the Welsh Government.
What is the purpose of the fund?
The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) aims, through partnership, to develop and test ways of achieving a more sustainable way of living in a landscape of great natural beauty and diversity.
The Fund is primarily for practical, innovative schemes that engage local communities. The Sustainable Development Fund seeks to conserve and enhance the local characteristics of wildlife, landscape, land use and community.
Sustaining the social well-being and economic viability of communities are also important aims of SDF.
The projects that will be supported are those which meet the statutory purpose of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), which is:
To conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
How much money is available?
In 2017/18 £55,000 is avaible for projects in Wales.
Applications can be for small grants of less than £1,000, including for landsape and biodiversity enhancements, or larger grants of up to £25,000 in exceptional circumstances.
Who can apply for funding?
The scheme is available to any organisation including community or voluntary groups, local authorities, as well as the private sector and individuals. The private sector and individuals must demonstrate that their projects have a wider public benefit.
The proposed project must meet the purpose of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the objectives of the scheme and be located in or have direct benefit to the Wye Valley AONB.
Your project must comply with any relevant regulatory requirements e.g. planning permission, building regulations etc.
Examples of projects, which may be funded by SDF:
Eligible works may include:
To discuss the suitability of your project contact :
Community Links Officer
T: 01600 710844
A partnership between the AONB Unit, Ross-on-Wye Town Council and Natural England have started tree management work on the banks of the Wye where it passes through Ross, to benefit biodiversity and create river views.
If you are 14-18 years old and love exploring the countryside of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, then the Wye Valley AONB Youth Ranger programme is looking for you! Come along to our Taster Day on September 30th.