The AONB has a Sustainable Development Fund providing small grants to support local projects that help to deliver actions in the 2019/24 Delivery Plan. Grants of between £100 and £4000 are available to communities, agencies and businesses.  Download our 2019-20 Grants flyer or see the SDF Guidance Notes for more details.


What grants are available

Grants can be applied for at two levels:

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

Themes for 2019 - 2020 are – Health & Wellbeing and Biodiversity. Projects that fit with these themes are being encouraged but are not obligatory.

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 Laura Carolan on 01271 388628 or if you would like to discuss a potential project.

Projects approved for 2018-19

North Devon Moving Image CIC - Down on the farm - a documentary short film commission programme running from March 2018 to October 2019 to produce six individual 5 minute documentary films each focussing on a farmer/farm within the boundaries of North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve and the North Devon Coast AONB.   

Hollacombe farm - The Koa Tree Project - Improvement and development of a therapeutic permaculture garden as a centre for horticultural therapy, community days and horticultural education. 

RSPB - Taw Torridge High Tide Roost and Disturbance Study - The project will provide evidence of the location and nature of wintering waterbird use of the estuary and determine the effects of human activity on it.  It will help to ensure that future changes in human activity on and around the estuary are planned to accommodate the needs of ts nationally significant wintering waterbird population.

Hartland Peninsula Association - A39 Brown Tourism Sign - Replacement of the Brown Tourism sign on the A39 between the Hartland turn off and Clovelly Cross

Plastic Free North Devon - Mobile Water Bar - An innovative solar powered cooling and filtration water supply system that will provide portable water distribution to events in North Devon.  

Ilfracombe RNLI - Improving night capability of Ilfracombe Lifeboats - Funding for an infra red camera which will drastically improve locating casulaties in the water and on the shore-line during night-time searches

The Old Schoolroom Craft Gallery, LeeLee Pirate Trail - A Pirate trail in Lee Village with questions and answers in small wooden treasure chests along the path

St Marys Chruch, Mortehoe - Restoration of Church Clock

Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon - Coast Explorers - The project will work with Coastwise and other local experts to create a new gallery, which will celebrate and enable visitors to learn about the exceptional marine and coastal environments of North Devon. 

Ilfracombe Museum - Coastal Bird Display - to improve interpretation of the British taxidermy bird collection at Ilfracombe museum by installing an interactve screen to give visitors visual information on birds that can be found on the coast of North Devon

Prickles Hedgehog Rescue, South Hole - Equipment and Eucational resources - to buy new equipment for the rescue of hedgehogs as well as organise and run educational interpretation events about the work

Marine Conservation Society - Teach on the beach - To work with a school within the North Devon AONB area, to develop, pilot and test a new coastal teaching resources relating to seaweed

Projects approved for 2017-18

Braunton Burrows Guide & Map
Natuarally Healthy Activities research
Woolacombe School Community Room
Brownsham car park improvements
Amble & Art - TorrAGE
Tools for Meddon Green Local Nature Reserve
Hartland Traditional Signpost Restoration
Berrynarbor Village Signs
Installing Chough Nesting Boxes
Electric Vehicle Charging Point at Baggy Point
Clovelly Dykes Survey Phase 2
Ilfracombe Beach Cleaning Boards
Bat Habitat Improvements at Croyde

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