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Sustainable Development funds available

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St Aidan’s Links, Seahouses © Gavin Duthie/Northumberland Coast AONB

St Aidan’s Links, Seahouses © Gavin Duthie/Northumberland Coast AONB

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Sustainable Development Fund has £25,000 available in the grant fund for 2012/13.

The fund can provide grants from £500 up to £5,000 to those who wish to explore and develop practical projects that conserve and enhance the local environment, develop local economic activity, promote local produce and products or link local communities and improve quality of life.

This year, the Coast AONB would particularly welcome applications from caravan/camping sites to develop landscaping schemes and wildlife improvements; renewable energy projects that benefit the community and proposals that find a viable second use for locally historic buildings.  Charities, trusts, community and voluntary organisations can apply for 75% funding.

Businesses and authorities can apply for up to 50% funding.  The grant scheme is open to those based in, or operating in, any parish within or adjacent to the AONB (which runs along the coast between Amble and Berwick).

The application deadline is Monday 20 February 2012.  The Appraisal Panel will meet during March to allocate the fund and projects can begin from 1 April 2012.  To speak to someone about an idea or project and to obtain an application form, contact Catherine Gray, Grant Scheme Officer on (01665) 511 213, or by e-mail: Catherine.gray@northumberland.gov.uk  Information is also available on the AONB website www.northumberlandcoastaonb.org.

The fund has been running for over six years. It supports projects that bring social, environmental and economic benefits in the AONB as well as developing and testing new ways of achieving a more sustainable way of living.  The Scheme has granted nearly £350,000 since it began, helping over 58 projects become reality.

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