The AONB has a Sustainable Development Fund providing small grants to support local projects that help to deliver actions in the 2019-24 Management Plan. Projects must contribute to the environmental, community, economic or social benefit of the AONB and are open to community groups, parish councils, agencies, farmers and businesses.  Download our 2020-21 grants flyer or see the SDF Guidance Notes for more details.

What grants are available?

Grants can be awarded from £100 up to £4000 for an exceptional project. 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 volunteer time contributions as well as cash. Business applicants will be expected to contribute cash match funding and to demonstrate a wider public benefit from the project, not just a commercial benefit.

Please note that any projects involving physical works to a place or building need to be located within our boundary unless providing connectivity for wildlife or people to the AONB. To see a map of the AONB visit our home page.

Priority Themes for 2020 - 2021 areBiodiversity and Access, Health & Wellbeing. Projects that fit with these themes are being encouraged but are not obligatory. To download a PDF of the application form click here or for the Word version click here

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 supported in 2020-21

  • Westward Ho! Slipway Extension - Torridge District Council
  • Online events - Braunton Countryside Centre
  • Greater Horseshoe Bat Research North Devon
  • Plastic Ambassador Virtual Reality Kit - Plastic Free North Devon
  • Newberry Road Footpath - Croyde & Georgeham Parish Council
  • North Devon Biodiversity Projects - National Trust
  • North Devon Coastal Streams Citizen Science - Westcountry Rivers Trust