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Sustainable Development Fund

Facts and figures

The Sustainable Development Fund:

  • is now in its 15th year of operation;
  • has given out £2.3 million to 272 projects;
  • is open to everyone including community groups, businesses and individuals and offers money to either to kick-start a project or to develop it for the good of the local community and the National Park;
  • gave out just over £140,000 in 2015-16, supporting 32 projects.

What is it?

The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is a small fund of £175,000 that is available each year, by the Authority, to support projects that promote a more sustainable way of living and working in and visiting the National Park, whilst conserving and enhancing our local culture, wildlife, landscape, land use and communities.

Projects can be far-ranging from community composting, appropriate renewable energy schemes to sustainable transport and eco-tourism. Grants can also be used to support businesses and economic development projects.

Previously funded

The Fund has given grants to a wide range of projects. You may find it useful to see the variety of these before preparing your application.

In the last 12 months the Fund has enjoyed a busy year, which has resulted in nearly £140,000 being committed to 32 worthwhile projects. These include initiatives to:

Improve community facilities:

  • New extension to provide improved facilities at Kettlewell Village Hall (£10,000)
  • Installation of energy efficiency measures at,Grassington Town Hall (£5,915)
  • Refurbishment of the Peoples Hall in Sedbergh including thermal efficiency (£3,000)
  • Refurbishment of the first floor of Ravenstonedale’s Community and Heritage Centre to enable the space to be used by the community (£9,456)
  • The creation of additional space within Clapham Village Store (£500)

Improve the appearance of towns and villages:

  • Enhancement  works to Sedbergh Information Centre Garden (£5,000)
  • Installation of replacement railings next to the waterfalls in West Burton (£4,350)
  • Improvements to a small community area  in known as ‘Thorpe Triangle’  (£864)
  • Enhancement works for a community broadband installation in Linton Village ( £1,125)

How to 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.

We'd strongly encourage you to discuss your project with us before applying so that we can maximise your chances of succeeding. Please contact the Sustainable Development Officer at

When you are ready to apply, please complete the SDF Application Form (downloadable below as a PDF file or Microsoft Word document) and return it to the Sustainable Development Officer.