Sustainable Development Fund
The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is a grant scheme that supports projects that bring social, environmental and economic benefits to the AONB. It aims to develop and test new methods of achieving a more sustainable way of life in this area of great beauty and diversity.
The Fund is approximately £20,000 per financial year (1st April - 31st March), for suitable projects that are completed by 31st March each year. The Fund can provide grants to organisations, businesses, community groups and individuals who wish to explore and develop practical projects that conserve, enhance and develop the environment, economy and way of life.
The Fund is administered by the AONB Unit, with technical support from the SDF Panel at the North York Moors National Park.
The current Panel Members are:
Margaret Farey - Rural Action Yorkshire - represents Community
Hazel Percival - represents Business Community
Ken Hutchinson - represents Wildlife/Environment
Philip Lawson - represents National Park Authority
Colin Mather - represents community
Graham Street - represents Urban Fringe/Environment
Katherine Forsey - represents Young People
Robert Wainwright - represents Community and AONB Joint Advisory Committee
David Pontefract - represents Community and AONB Joint Advisory Committee
To view more details about the SDF, who can apply and what type of projects are eligible, please take a look at the Information Leaflet and Guidelines.
Applications for funding are assessed against a set of sustainability criteria. This is the sustainability criteria checklist that we will use.
The first stage in the application process is to submit a Project Ideas Form. If you think that your project might fit with the objectives of the Fund then please complete this form and send it to the AONB Office or ring the AONB Unit on 0845 034 9495 to discuss your ideas.
Due to changes at the North York Moors National Park, the SDF Panel is currently operating as an e-panel rather than meeting as per the schedule shown. All the other steps of the process remain unchanged.