The Forest of Bowland AONB Sustainable Development Fund is a grant scheme which supports projects that bring environmental, social and economic benefits to the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Forest of Bowland AONB’s Sustainable Development Fund is now OPEN for 2013
At the first grants panel meeting held on 6th August we awarded four new projects a total of £13,177. Added to this are two projects worth £4151 brought forward from 2012 so this means that there is around £8000 left to award for 2013. We have therefore decided to re-issue a call for projects and to set a new deadline for applications for the end of October 2013.
This year, for the first time, SDF is to be managed by Champion Bowland and this means that grants can be offered for a full 12 months – giving you extra time to complete and report on your project.
Please note that this year the fund is limited to just £26,000 so we will be prioritising projects which demonstrate innovative and sustainable solutions to local issues whilst also delivering actions from our current AONB Management Plan.
Grants are normally within the region of £500 to £5000, but we will consider larger grants if they are viewed as particularly innovative.
If you have an idea for a project please contact cathy [dot] hopley [at] lancashire [dot] gov [dot] uk or call on 01200 448000, as we can guide you through the criteria and application process, hopefully making for a more successful bid. For details of projects funded in the past, please browse through the reports listed on the left hand side of the page.
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