The AONB has a Sustainable Development Fund providing small grants to support local projects that help to deliver actions in the 2014/19 Delivery Plan. Grants of between £100 and £5000 are available to communities, agencies and businesses.  Download our 2018-19 Grants flyer or see the SDF Guidance Notes for more details.

Priority Themes

Although projects that deliver any of the policies and actions in the Management Plan are eligible, we are particularly promoting two priority themes for 2018/19 to encourage more applications to meet these themes in the Management Plan:

Health & Wellbeing - Possible example projects in this category might be:

  • Developing a programme of local walks or activities
  • Creative arts to engage with and understand the AONB
  • Setting up a group in the AONB to provide healthy activities
  • Providing opportunities in the AONB for disadvantaged or vulnerable groups


Historic Environment and Local Heritage -
Possible example projects in this category might be:

  • Protecting/restoring local heritage or historic features
  • An historic anniversary or celebration event
  • Researching your local history
  • Information boards for a special monument or feature

What grants are available

Grants can be applied for at two levels:

  • Up to £500 – use the short application form (below)
  • Over £500 – use the full application form (below)

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 contributions as well as cash.

Have a look at the map to see if your proposed project is located in, or would be of benefit to the North Devon Coast AONB.

Please contact Laura Carolan on 01271 388628 if you would like to discuss a potential project.

Projects approved for 2017-18

Braunton Burrows Guide & Map
Natuarally Healthy Activities research
Woolacombe School Community Room
Brownsham car park improvements
Amble & Art - TorrAGE
Tools for Meddon Green Local Nature Reserve
Hartland Traditional Signpost Restoration
Berrynarbor Village Signs
Installing Chough Nesting Boxes
Electric Vehicle Charging Point at Baggy Point
Clovelly Dykes Survey Phase 2
Ilfracombe Beach Cleaning Boards
Bat Habitat Improvements at Croyde

Projects approved for 2016-17

Wild Shorts
The Story of North Devon Churches
Hartland Filming Heritage
Life on the Verge - Biosphere
Combe Martin Museum - Discover, Explore and Learn project
Coastwise North Devon - Photomicrography
Northam Burrows Welcombe Signs
Clovelly Dykes Southern Extension
GHB Viewing Platform
Bat Audio Pen Trail
Picking Plastic Pollution