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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 stonewalling. 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 E: firstname.lastname@example.org The web site www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk follow the links through the grant section to the sustainable development fund page.
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