The AONB has a Sustainable Development Fund providing small grants to support local projects that help to deliver actions in the 2014/19 Delivery Plan. Grants of between £100 and £5000 are available to communities, agencies and businesses.  Download our 2017-18 flyer or see the SDF Guidance Notes for more details.

Priority Themes

The two priority themes for 2017/18 are either:

Health & Wellbeing

Possible example projects in this category might be:

  • Developing a programme of local walks or activities
  • Creative arts to engage with and understand the AONB
  • Setting up a group in the AONB to provide healthy activities
  • Providing opportunities in the AONB for disadvantaged or vulnerable groups


Historic Environment and Local Heritage

Possible example projects in this category might be:

  • Protecting/restoring local heritage or historic features
  • An historic anniversary or celebration event
  • Researching your local history
  • Information boards for a special monument or feature

Other actions in the Management Plan are still eligible.

What grants are available

Grants can be applied for at two levels:

  • Up to £500 – use the short application form (below)
  • Over £500 – use the full application form (below)

If you are applying for a small grant (£500 or under) we do not expect you to provide match funding, although it is always welcome. If you are applying for larger grants (over £500), we would expect you to provide some match funding, some of which can be in-kind contributions as well as cash.

Have a look at the map to see if your proposed project is located in, or would be of benefit to the North Devon Coast AONB.

Please contact Gigha Klinkenborg on 01271 388647 if you would like to discuss a potential project.

Projects approve for 2017-18

Braunton Burrows booklet
Putsborough junior beach lifeguards
Natuarally healthy activities research
Woolacombe School community outreach
Brownsham car park improvements
Amble & art
Taw Torridge high tide roost & disturbance study


Projects approved for 2016-17

Wild Shorts
The Story of North Devon Churches
Hartland Filming Heritage
Life on the Verge - Biosphere
Combe Martin Museum - Discover, Explore and Learn project
Coastwise North Devon - Photomicrography
Northam Burrows Welcombe Signs
Clovelly Dykes Southern Extension
GHB Viewing Platform
Bat Audio Pen Trail
Picking Plastic Pollution