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									What is SDF?
The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) provides an exceptional opportunity to apply for
grant aid for innovative, sustainable projects, which involve local communities in Areas of
Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).
The fund is primarily for practical, innovative schemes that engage local communities.

How much money is available?
Grant funding runs in line with the financial year:
2012/13     £44,000 available in Wales £13,000 available in England

2013/14     £70,000 available in Wales

Applications can be for small grants of less than £1,000 or larger grants of up to £25,000
Grants generally fund 50% of the total cost of the project

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 community benefit.

Examples of projects that can apply for grants in the range of £500-£25,000
       School grounds projects- management of grounds for wildlife, energy, waste and
        traffic reduction initiatives.
       Walks leaflets, interpretation boards, web sites
       Enhancement of village open space
       Community projects which conserve the elements of culture
       Training to safeguard traditional skills
       Feasibility research and/or the development of innovative products and initiatives
        such as renewable/green energy schemes.

Examples of projects that can apply for a maximum of £1,000
     Field boundary work to include; hedgelaying, hedge planting and drystone
     Tree and woodland work
     Assessment, survey, advice and management of veteran trees.
     Traditional Standard Orchard planting, gapping up and restoration work.

To find out more: Contact the Community Links Officer at the Wye Valley AONB
T: 01600 710844
The web site follow the links through the grant section to the
sustainable development fund page.

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