This scheme provides help for community infrastructure projects and countryside conservation work in the Howardian Hills area of outstanding natural beauty.

Funding is available to assist with the on-going management of sites as well as one-off capital schemes. Assistance will normally be in the range of 30-75% of approved costs, but could be up to 100% in certain circumstances. Work may be assisted via either grant aid or direct works organised and funded by the AONB Unit itself.

Funding is available under three separate themes:

  • AONB Enhancement – Natural Environment
  • AONB Enhancement – Historic Environment
  • AONB Enhancement – Sustainable Development & the Rural Economy (incorporates the former Sustainable Development Fund (SDF)).

How to apply:

To find out more and download the relevant application forms click here.

Please note that assistance is discretionary and projects will only be assisted if they are unable to receive a grant from another source, e.g. Countryside Stewardship, LEADER, etc.

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