Amenity and Accessibility Fund (AAF)

What does the AAF do?
The AAF aims to improve the environment and natural character of the area by conserving habitats and species and improving sustainable access to the area.

How can I apply?
For information and advice about the AAF, please contact Cathy Smith at Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB for an informal discussion, on 01394 445225 or email Our AAF grants are available for the year from April to March the following year, with the application deadline being sometime in the spring.
The Amenity & Accessibility Fund is now CLOSED for applications. 

How is the fund administered? 
The fund is administered by Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB on behalf of EDF Energy, Suffolk Coastal District Council (now East Suffolk Council) and Suffolk County Council. The funding panel includes representatives from EDF Energy, East Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council.

Background to the AAF
A Dry Fuel Store (DFS) for spent nuclear fuel has been constructed by EDF Energy at Sizewell B power station, near Leiston.  To offset the impact caused by the delay of the release of that part of the Sizewell B site, which will accommodate the newly consented DFS, EDF Energy, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council agreed to establish an Amenity and Accessibility Fund.

The Fund benefited from an initial one-off payment of £120,000 made by EDF Energy when the DFS construction started, and then further annual payments by EDF of £20,000 for a period of 60 years or until the date of the commencement of decommissioning of the DFS.


AAF Application Form
AAF Guidelines 2019-20

Can I apply? Check the AAF Geographical Area Map 

2019-20 projects awarded funding
2018-19 AAF projects awarded funding

2017-18 AAF projects awarded funding 
AAF Funded Projects 2016-17 
AAF Funded projects 2015-16 
AAF Funded projects 2014-15 
AAF Funded Projects 2013-14

AAF Leaflet




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