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.