Sustainable Development Fund

East Woodhay Boardwalk - Supported by an SDF Grant 2016
East Woodhay Boardwalk - Supported by an SDF Grant 2016

The SDF programme is now open for new applications.

SDF funding is aimed supporting a range of projects that bring environmental, social and economic benefits to the North Wessex Downs AONB. Detailed criteria and information on how to add value to your project can be found in the Guidelines. You may also wish to look at examples of projects previously supported through the SDF, found to the left of this page.

Who can apply?

  • Community and voluntary groups and groups working in partnership
  • The private sector
  • Local Authorities and public bodies
  • Charities
  • Businesses.

How to apply

First read the guidelines to help you decide if your project is suitable:

Guidelines available here.

 Then if your idea fits with the guidelines, fill out the  Expression of Interest form detailing your proposal.

Include as much information as you have at this time. Our SDF Co-ordinator will assess your proposal against our criteria and contact you with any advice, before inviting you to proceed with your full application.

Please read the Guidelines above and if you require any further information, contact the North Wessex Downs office on 01488 685440 or email to discuss your project.

Please note that our procurement guidelines require that you supply a minimum of one quote for items under £500 and two quotes for items above this amount.

Deadlines for assessment and delivery

Applications are considered by the Sustainable Development Fund Grant Panel, appointed by the North Wessex Downs AONB, throughout the year. There is a streamlined assessment process for grants below £1,000, while the average grant awarded is currently between £1,000 and £3,000.  In the case of exceptional projects, larger grants may be considered at the discretion of the Panel.

Applicants have 12 months from the date of approval to complete their project and provide relevant monitoring information.