National Parks and AONB Sustainable Development Fund.
The Sustainable Development Fund gives
financial aid to projects that improve quality of life while
maintaining and enhancing Wales' natural beauty.
The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is a
Welsh Assembly Government initiative.
The scheme provides up to 75% of the costs for
projects that conserve and enhance the special qualities of
our landscape, including its culture, wildlife and land
use. The SDF welcomes applications that focus on
environmental, social, cultural and economic aspects of life.
Where is the SDF available?
The SDF is available within the following:
- Wales’s 5 Areas of Outstanding Natural
Beauty - Wye Valley, Gower, Llŷn, Anglesey and the
- Wales’s 3 National Parks – the Brecon Beacons,
Pembrokeshire Coast, and Snowdonia
- Outside of these areas where the fund will
have a positive impact on one or more of these protected
Who can apply for SDF funding?
- Community, Voluntary and Partnership Groups
- Community Councils
- Local Authorities
- The private sector (for projects which are in the wider public
- Individuals (for projects which are in the wider public
What type of projects will be supported?
Projects that meet the aims of the scheme and help to deliver
the objectives of the AONB or National Park management plan by:
- Conserving and enhancing the beauty of the area, including the
built environment, e.g. habitat improvement for water voles and
otters, archaeological surveys, projects to promote awareness of
the marine environment, the restoration of moorland, reinstatement
of traditional boundaries.
- Promoting sustainable forms of social and economic development
that will help conserve and enhance the area, e.g. the support of
local produce markets.
- Promoting the economic and social well-being of local
communities,e.g.promoting local bus services, creating or restoring
- Promoting quiet enjoyment of the area, e.g. the production of
circular walks leaflet and booklets, the development of Forest
Priority will be given to projects which:
- Demonstrate innovation or good practice
- Involve young people and local communities
- Lever in contributions from other sources in cash or in
- 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 AONBs and National Parks
- Generate jobs or income for local communities without damaging
How much money does the SDF provide?
Funds available each financial year are:
- £50,000 for projects within each AONB
- £250,000 for projects within each National Park
The scheme will provide project
grants, management grants to support staff costs, and
development grants to provide a catalyst for new action and
The scheme provides up to 75% of total project
costs in exceptional circumstances, but will normally provide 50%.
Payments will normally be paid retrospectively.
Applicants will be expected to provide the
rest of the total project costs, either from their own funds or
with match funds such as grant funds or ‘in kind’ contributions
such as volunteer time, European Funds or Lottery Funds. Central
government funds such as from the Welsh Government cannot
be used to match fund SDF grants.