Eligible projects

Successful projects must:

  • Primarily benefit the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) further purposes of the AONB.
  • Help deliver the AONB Management Plan.
  • Promote the AONB and sustainable development.
  • Have the demonstrable support or involvement of communities.
  • Be complementary to key local, regional or national strategies.
  • Have clearly defined outputs and provide good value for money.

Grants can cover the costs of some or all of the following:

  • Practical work.
  • Feasibility studies or research projects.
  • Group or partnership development.
  • Awareness raising and training about sustainability. Equipment and materials.

The scheme particularly welcomes projects that:

  • Demonstrate innovation or best practice.
  • Link community, economy, culture and environment.
  • Develop skills and 'capacity building' in the community.
  • Involve young people.
  • Combat social exclusion and promote diversity.
  • Bring organisations and people together to co-operate in tackling problems, or promoting new ideas.
  • Encourage links between rural and urban groups.
  • Lever in contributions from other sources.
  • Have little access to alternative public funding.
  • Add value or new dimensions to existing sustainability projects.

Grants can be used to:

  • Pump-prime new sustainable development projects which have been unable to find funding from other sources.
  • Provide match-funding for new sustainable development projects.
  • Add value to existing sustainable development projects.
  • Add a sustainable development aspect to existing projects.