Sustainable Development Fund (SDF)

Each year the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB receives money called the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF), from Defra, to support projects which will enhance and/or benefit the area.  

There is an annual application process, and the next deadline will be end March 2013.  Application forms and guidelines for the next awards will be available in January 2013.
For more information and advice about SDF, please contact Suffolk Coast & Heaths, Tel: 01394 384948 email or contact Cathy Smith, Funding Officer: 
To see examples of recent projects awarded grants by this fund please click here.

There is an annual application process. SDF grants are usually available for the year from April to March the following year, with the application deadline being in the spring. See below for the list of projects awarded SDF grants in in the last few years. We have £40,000 in the fund to award each year, and can award up to 50% of project costs.

Applications for 2018-19: We have some money available in the Fund, and it may be that we can consider a mid year application (providing criteria and completion in March 2019 are met). Download the guidance and application form below or contact Cathy for a discussion.

If you have an idea for a project that could benefit from funding please contact AONB Funding Officer Cathy Smith (01394 445225) for more information and advice about SDF. 


SDF Funding Guidelines 2018-19

Application Form

2018-19 projects funded

2017-18 funded projects (two rounds)
SDF funded projects 2016-17 
SDF Funded Projects 2015-16 
SDF Funded Projects 2014-15 
SDF Funded Projects 2013-14 
SDF Funded Projects 2012-13



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