AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB

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The Sustainable Development Fund

The AONB cannot stand still. This is a dynamic landscape in which thriving communities and successful businesses need the freedom to develop.

But the development has to be sustainable. In other words, it must balance environmental, social and economic factors – so that we can meet our needs without compromising the future.

The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF), set up by the Welsh Government and co-ordinated by the Natural Resources Wales, will help us in this balancing act.

It provides grants for innovative, sustainable environment projects involving local communities in the AONB.

The fund wants us to test ways to achieve a more sustainable way of living in a countryside of great natural beauty and diversity. But at the same time it wants our communities to remain socially healthy and economically viable.

Lots of different people can apply for funding:

  • community, voluntary and partnership groups
  • community councils
  • local authorities
  • the private sector and individuals (for projects in the wider public interest)

The fund supports projects which will:

  • conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the AONB, including the built environment
  • promote sustainable forms of social and economic development
  • promote the economic and social well-being of local communities
  • promote quiet enjoyment of the AONB

Priority is given to projects which:

  • involve local communities and young people
  • lever in contributions from other sources in cash or in kind
  • overcome barriers to sustainability and promote a wider understanding of sustainability
  • promote sustainable forms of social and economic development or add value to existing sustainability projects
  • raise awareness of the AONB and generate jobs or income for communities, without damaging the landscape
  • demonstrate innovation or best practice

Examples might include sustainable schools projects such as the management of grounds for wildlife or energy, waste, and traffic reduction initiatives; sustainable transport projects to reduce car use and improve health; enhancement of village open spaces for local use and wildlife; restoration of historic features such as a village pond, community orchard or traditional boundaries; training programmes to safeguard traditional skills such as hedge laying, stone walling, conservation management.

The Sustainability Development Fund offers project grants, management grants to support staff costs or development grants to act as a catalyst for new action or partnerships.

It normally provides 50% of total project costs but up to 75% is available for eligible voluntary sector projects. Applicants are expected to contribute at least 25% of total project costs either from their own coffers or from other sources such as European funds, National Lottery funding or “in kind” contributions.

Want to know more?

Contact Ceri Lloyd or David Shiel at Loggerheads Country Park on 01352 810614.

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