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 AONBgrants@suffolk.gov.uk. 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 2019-20 Amenity & Accessibility Fund is now OPEN for applications, with a deadline of noon on Friday 8 March 2019. There will be approximately £25,000 to award in 2019-20.
How is the fund administered?
The fund is administered by Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB on behalf of EDF Energy, Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council. The funding panel includes representatives from EDF Energy, Suffolk Coastal District 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.
Can I apply? Check the AAF Geographical Area Map