Sustainable Development Fund 

The AONB has a Sustainable Development Fund providing small grants to support local projects that help to deliver actions and objectives in the 2019-24 Management Plan. Projects must contribute to the environmental, community, economic or social benefit of the AONB and are open to community groups, parish councils, agencies, farmers and businesses.  Download our 2022-23 grants flyer or see the SDF Guidance Notes for more details.

What grants are available?  

Grants can be awarded from £100 up to £4000 for an exceptional project. If you are applying for a small grant (£500 or under) we do not expect you to provide match funding, although it is always welcome. If you are applying for larger grants (over £500), we would expect you to provide some match funding, some of which can be in-kind volunteer time contributions as well as cash. Business applicants will be expected to contribute cash match funding and to demonstrate a wider public benefit from the project, not just a commercial benefit.

This year (2022-23) our grant scheme is open to projects meeting any of our 2019-2024 AONB Management Plan priorities with a particular focus on Nature & Wildlife and Farming & Land Management.

Please note that any projects involving physical works to a place or building need to be located within our boundary unless providing connectivity for wildlife or people to the AONB. To see a map of the AONB visit our home page. 

Please contact Laura Carolan on 01392 388628 or if you would like to discuss a potential project. 

To apply complete an application form and email it to 

Projects supported by SDF and Nature & Climate Challenge Fund 2021-22

  • Plastic Ambassador Virtual Reality Kit - Plastic Free North Devon
  • Southmead School Pond Area - Braunton
  • Grass collecting equipment for wildflower verges  - Braunton parish Council
  • Woolacombe & Mortehoe Activity Book- Woolacombe Tourist Information Centre
  • Wildflowers for Braunton - Bumblebee Conservation Trust
  • SWCPA - Wave Rangers Project - South West Coast Path Association
  • Wild Garden Restoration Project - Ilfracombe Junior School
  • Devon Whitebeam Propagation Facility - East-the-Water in Bloom
  • Atlantic Academy outdoor learning and biodiversity projectAtlantic Academy
  • North Devon Surf Reserve Scoping Study - Morteoe Parish Council
  • Clovelly Dykes Phase 4 - North Devon Archaeological Society
  • Longlands Orchard & Wildflowers - Bumblebee Conservation Trust
  • Composter for Sandleigh Tea Room & Allotments - National Trust
  • Ruda Environment & Education equipment - Parkdean Resorts
  • The Forgotten Garden
  • Projector Woolacombe Village Hall - Woolacombe Village Hall Committee
  • Bike Rack Woolacombe - Mortehoe Parish Council
  • Ilfracombe Aquarium Exhibits
  • Welepark Field Tree Planting - Buckland Brewer Parish Council
  • Greater Horsehose Bat Bat Roost Enhancement & Location Project- Greena Ecology