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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 that is available each year 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.

Facts and figures

  • Is now in its thirteenth year of operation;

  • 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 to either to kick-start a project or to develop it for the good of the local community and the National Park;

    Last year the SDF gave out £155,600 to support 19 projects with a total value of £305,042. 

Types of project

A wide range of projects can be supported. Examples of past projects can be found in the summaries below.

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.

How to apply

The best starting point is to read the SDF Guidance Notes and think about how your project fits within these guidelines.  We'd encourage you to discuss your project with us before applying so that we can maximise your chances of succeeding.  In the first instance, enquiries should be made to the Sustainable Development Officer: sdf@yorkshiredales.org.uk. When you are ready to apply please complete the Application Form.

Download the Sustainable Development Fund application form - PDF format

Download the Sustainable Development Fund application form - Microsoft Word format

Download the guidance notes to making an application to the Sustainable Development Fund (PDF format)

Other funding opportunities

There are a wide range of other funding opportunities that you can also consider. Some of the main funding opportunities for the National Park are listed below, however many others are also available.

Richmondshire Community Opportunities Fund– Offers financial support for local communities.  Funds are derived from the New Homes Bonus Initiative to find out more visit http://www.richmondshire.gov.uk/community-and-living/funding-grant-schemes/834-communities-opportunity-fund

South Lakeland District Council New Homes Bonus – offers funding for 'Locally Important Projects' and 'Affordable Housing' to address the needs of local communities. To find out more visit http://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/your-neighbourhood/grants/new-homes-bonus/

Craven District Council Localism Fund -  aims to enable local organisations, community groups and business groups/associations to apply for funding to deliver projects that will benefit communities in Craven.  To find out more visit http://www.cravendc.gov.uk/localismfund.

Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) - The Local Enterprise Partnership in York and North Yorkshire aims to help businesses to start up, grow and become more competitive.  To find out more visit www.businessinspiredgrowth.com.

LEADER – The 2015-20 Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme will soon start accepting applications for projects that promote the objectives set out in its Local Development Strategy. To find out more visit http://www.yorkshiredalesleader.co.uk/

Heritage Lottery Fund – gives grants to sustain and transform our heritage. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions they aim to invest in every part of our diverse heritage. To find out more visit http://www.hlf.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx.

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