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 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. Note - an important change was made in 2014-15 and we now offer 50% of the grant total and not 75% as in previous years.
Applications for 2017-18 are now reopened, with a deadline of Wednesday 31 May, noon, for applications.
You can see the guidance information and an application form below.
We had £40,000 in the fund to award in 2017-18, with just under £30,000 being awarded initially. There is approx. £10,000 still available in the fund for a second round.
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.