How We Are Funded

We receive the vast majority of our funding from Defra (Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs), along with contributions from local district, county and borough councils where the AONB lies within their jurisdiction.

The Defra contribution provides 75% of our core budget. For a detailed breakdown of our income, including the amounts contributed by all our funders, please see our latest Annual Review.

For some projects, we also bid for grant funding and support from other organisations. For example, our Sparkling Streams partnership project is completely funded by £400K from the Government’s Nature Recovery Challenge Fund following our successful bid in December 2020.

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Our other core budget funders are:

  • Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Oxfordshire County Council
  • South Oxfordshire District Council
  • Swindon Borough Council
  • Test Valley Borough Council
  • Vale of White Horse District Council
  • West Berkshire District Council
  • Wiltshire Council

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