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 2018-19 Grants flyer or see the SDF Guidance Notes for more details.

Priority Themes

The two priority themes for 2018/19 are:

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

N.B. 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 Jenny Carey-Wood on 01271 388758 if you would like to discuss a potential project.

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