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Sustainable Development Fund

Kilnsey Show book
Studs & Crooks, a book capturing the heritage of a traditional Dales agricultural show, received an SDF grant of £4,850
Kilnsey Show book
Clapham community village store
A £8,602 SDF grant helped with the set up and running costs for a new community-owned and operated village store.
Clapham community village store
Voices from the Land
Rob and Harriet Fraser are leading an ambitious project to interview and photograph farmers and create a record of the historic links between farming and the landscape. The project received a £10,000 SDF grant.
Voices from the Land

Heritage projects

Examples of cultural and built heritage projects funded by SDF

Broadband projects

Examples of broadband projects funded by SDF

Every year, £175,000 is available through our Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) to help fantastic projects, big and small, get off the ground in the National Park.

What does it fund?

SDF supports schemes that promote a more sustainable way of living in, working in and visiting the National Park, while conserving and enhancing its local culture, wildlife, landscape and communities.  

We will support schemes that provide:

  • multiple benefits
  • value for money 
  • clear outcomes 
  • a legacy

Who can apply?

Grants are on offer to individuals, businesses, community groups and voluntary-sector bodies, and projects can be far-ranging - from community composting and appropriate renewable energy schemes to sustainable transport and eco-tourism.

How much can I apply for?

There is no set minimum or maximum grant but our average grant amount is £5,000. As a guide, we hope to support more than 20 projects annually.

How do I apply?

The best way to make a start with your application is to read the SDF Guidance notes and think about how your project fits within them.

Applicants need to show how their project will contribute to the achievement of one or more of the objectives in the National Park Management Plan, which sets out shared ambitions to secure a prosperous future for the National Park and its communities. 

What next?

Talk to us.... we can give you pointers that will give your project the best chance of being funded. Contact the Sustainable Development Officer on 01969 652337 or sdf@yorkshiredales.org.uk

When you are ready to apply, please complete the relevant application form and return it to the Sustainable Development Officer.  We have two different application forms: one that is for applications that are for grants above £1,000 and one that is for smaller grants that are below £1,000.

How do I make a claim?

Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork available.  It is also worth having a read through the claim process note to make sure you have everything you need to make your claim.  Ensure that you have completed your claim form and also the certificate of 'in kind' contributions form (if relevant).  Please also let us have any written evidence you have regarding your match funding.  You can either email your claim to SDF@yorkshiredales.org.uk or post it to the Sustainable Development Officer with any photos, web-links or reports to show that the project is finished.

Heritage projects

Examples of cultural and built heritage projects funded by SDF

Broadband projects

Examples of broadband projects funded by SDF

Wildlife projects

Examples of wildlife conservation projects funded by SDF

Access & recreation projects

Examples of access and recreation projects funded by SDF

Community facility projects

Examples of SDF projects which have improved community facilities

The SDF story so far...

Facts & figures and projects funded to date, by year

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