From July 2021 there will be two grant schemes offered by the Howardian Hills AONB: the Howardian Hills AONB Project Fund and the new Farming in Protected Landscapes programme. Please scroll down for more details on both these grant funds.


Howardian Hills AONB Project Fund

The Joint Advisory Committee has an annual budget to assist with the implementation of the Management Plan and it targets these resources at the Plan’s Priority Sites and Objectives. Assistance is discretionary and projects will only be assisted if they are unable to receive sufficient grant from another source, e.g. Countryside Stewardship, Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, National Lottery, etc. Advice is available from the AONB Unit and District Council Officers to enable applicants to submit high quality applications to these other grant schemes if applicable.

Funding is available to assist with the on-going management of sites as well as one-off capital schemes. Assistance will normally be in the range of 30-75% of approved costs, but could be up to 100% in certain circumstances. Work may be assisted via either grant aid or direct works organised and funded by the AONB Unit itself.

Funding is available under three separate themes:

  1. AONB Enhancement – Natural Environment
  2. AONB Enhancement – Historic Environment
  3. AONB Enhancement – Sustainable Development & the Rural Economy (incorporates the former Sustainable Development Fund (SDF)).

For the Natural and Historic Environment themes, a simple 1-page application form applies.

For large or complex projects seeking a Sustainable Development grant we may ask for a second-stage application form to be completed, giving fuller details of the project. Applicants will be advised of this once they’ve submitted an initial application form and start discussions with AONB Unit staff.

Grant documentation is available to download below:

Farming in Protected Landscapes

Protected Landscapes – our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – are special and unique places. They are living, working landscapes that also support a huge range of habitats and species, and they are enjoyed by millions of people every year. By supporting the farmers, land managers and people who live and work in these areas, we can help protect these exceptional places and support local communities.

To help do this, Defra has introduced the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, which will run from July 2021 to March 2024.

Through the programme, farmers and land managers can be supported to carry out projects that support nature recovery, mitigate the impacts of climate change, provide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and cultural heritage, or support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses. This is a programme of funding for one-off projects covering these areas of work, not an agri-environment scheme.

The programme is part of Defra’s Agricultural Transition Plan. It has been developed by Defra with the support of a group of AONB and National Park staff from across the country.

Further information about Farming in Protected Landscapes can be found at .

Year 1 – 2021-22
In the first year of the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, running from September 2021 to March 2022:
• We were contacted by over 50 landowners and farmers interested in the programme
• The Panel approved 17 project applications, of which 15 projects planned some or all of their delivery in 2021-22
• 12 projects were supported in 2021-22 at a total project cost of £157,121.75, which used the full programme spend for the year

For more details on individual projects see: 2021-22 FIPL project summaries

Applying for funding

Before completing the application form, please read the Guidance for Applicants document for more details on eligibility and then contact the Howardian Hills Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer to discuss your application.

Tel: 07890 051137


Programme documents

Guidance for Applicants (pdf)

Example Application Form (pdf)

Please note that the Example Application Form is for information only. A Word version of the Application Form will be provided to you for completion once you have discussed your project with the Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer and we have confirmed that it is eligible.

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