Grants encourage businesses to support AONB

Local businesses based in or near an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) can apply for funding to support sustainable projects.

There are two funding areas locally, the East Devon AONB and the Blackdown Hills AONB.

The East Devon AONB Partnership has recently secured £20,000 in funding from Defra.

The cash is available for distribution until March next year.

Discretionary grants from the fund are intended to support individuals, groups or businesses with ideas for projects that will benefit the both the AONB and its users.

Applicants do not have to be based in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but their project must deliver strategic management objectives that support the importance of the landscape.

Charities or community groups can apply for 75 per cent of the project total.

Businesses and individuals can only apply for a 50 per cent contribution.

Criteria includes environmental requirements and social links. All successful projects will demonstrate a long-term benefit to the local economy and have clearly defined goals.

For further information call 01404 310012 for an informal chat with projects officer Pete Youngman or email 

East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was designated in 1963. It is one of 46 AONBs dotted around the UK.


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