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Sustainable Development Fund

What is it?

People on the path at Bolton Abbey  © YDNPA, credit Bolton Abbey Estate Wild about Wharfedale. SDF applicant Open Country. © YDNPA, credit Bolton Abbey Estate

The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is a small fund of £160,000 each year provided 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.

Types of project

Projects can be far-ranging from community composting, appropriate renewable energy schemes to sustainable transport and eco-tourism.

A group of people in Valley Entrance Cave in Kingsdale. Access to caving for young people/adults with a disability/special needs. SDF applicant: Clapham Adventure.

Download The Sustainable Development Fund in English National Parks, ENPAA, Update 2012

Achievements

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is now in its thirteenth year of operation. It aims to achieve a more sustainable way of living and working in the Dales, while enhancing and conserving local culture, wildlife, landscape, land use and communities.

So far, it has given out nearly £2.1 million to 230 projects. The fund is open to everyone including community groups, businesses and individuals and offers money either to kick-start a project or to develop it for the good of the local community and the National Park.

In the last year alone, the SDF has given out £155,600 to support 19 projects with a total value of £305,042. The following is a year-end summary of the projects which benefitted from SDF support during 2013-14.

There will be a new SDF for 2014-15 which will commence from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015. Expressions of interest should be made in the first instance to Andrea Burden, the Sustainable Development Officer at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Phone 01969 652337 or email sdf@yorkshiredales.org.uk.

How to apply

From 1 April 2014 the Sustainable Development Fund will be managed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. A revised application form and guidance notes can now be downloaded below. In the first instance, enquiries should be made to the Sustainable Development Officer by phoning 01969 652337 or emailing sdf@yorkshiredales.org.uk. This year grant applications will be considered through four funding rounds. The key dates for these are below.

Key dates for 2014/15

Funding round 50

  • Opening date for applications:
    Wednesday 12 March 2014

  • Closing date for applications:
    Wednesday 2 April 2014

  • Finance & Resources Committee meeting date to consider applications:
    Tuesday 13 May 2014

Funding round 51

  • Opening date for applications:
    Thursday 12 June 2014

  • Closing date for applications:
    Wednesday 30 July 2014

  • Finance & Resources Committee meeting date to consider applications:
    Tuesday 9 September 2014

Funding round 52

  • Opening date for applications:
    Wednesday 8 October 2014

  • Closing date for applications:
    Wednesday 29 October 2014

  • Finance & Resources Committee meeting date to consider applications:
    Tuesday 9 December 2014

Funding round 53

  • Opening date for applications:
    Wednesday 10 December 2014

  • Closing date for applications:
    Wednesday 24 December 2014

  • Finance & Resources Committee meeting date to consider applications:
    Tuesday 10 February 2015

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