North Devon AONB announces its £25,000 grant scheme for 2016

Grants up to £5,000 are now available for starting up community projects.

North Devon Coast AONB’s Sustainable Development Fund has a total of £25,000 available.

The priority for this year is for projects which will help provide a greater understanding and knowledge of the coastal and inland geology of North Devon AONB and its biodiversity, including all wildlife, plants and habitats.

Other projects which meet the priorities of the AONB Management Plan 2014/19 are also welcome.

You do not have to live or work within the AONB to be eligible for the SDF grant, but you will need to be able to demonstrate that your project will have a positive impact within the North Devon Coast AONB.

Terry Green, SDF panel chairman, said: “The fund aims to encourage and support community based projects with particular focus on the environment, community and/or local economy.

“This year we hope once again that SDF funding will provide the financial stimulus without which worthwhile and deserving projects might not get off the ground.”

There is a short application form for grants up to £500, and a full application for projects requesting over £500, which must also provide match funding of cash or in-kind contributions.

Applications are invited from now until December with spend and project delivery completed by the end of January 2017.

For guidance and application forms go to

http://www.northdevon-aonb.org.uk/grants_and_projects/grants-for-local-communities

Or call Gigha Klinkenborg on 01271 388647 or email gigha.klinkenborg@devon.gov.uk