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.  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 closed.  
For reference you can see the guidance information and an application form below.

We had £40,000 in the fund to award in 2017-18.  
(April 2017, we may open up this fund again as not all grant monies were awarded, please check back here for information later in April 2017)

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

Application Form

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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