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.
SDF grants are usually available for delivery 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.
The fund is now closed until 2020. For reference you can see the guidance and application forms below.
We have £40,000 in the fund to award each year, and can award up to 70% of project costs.
Organisations who are seeking a grant up to/in the region of £500 can apply for 100% of the total project costs. This is intended to support small projects and grass roots organisations where finding match funding would be prohibitive to delivering important local conservation. Please note the Community and Conservation Fund is a specific fund for small grants and may be more appropriate for your application.
Contact the AONB Funding Officer Cathy Smith (01394 445225) for a discussion.
SDF Funding Guidelines 2019-20