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The SDF helped pay for the creation of ‘leaky dams’ in Cowgill Wood in Craven

£65,000 available for local projects

Tuesday 14 January, 2020, by News Release

Pilgrim guidebooks, timber glamping pods and natural flood management measures are the three latest projects to receive funding from the National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) – but there is still £65,000 left in the pot for this financial year and fresh applications are being invited. 

The SDF can support projects that help businesses or local communities, such as public toilets refurbishment in Burnsall; it can also support projects which either improve the environment of the National Park, or provide opportunities for people to enjoy it.

A recent grant of £1,185 helped St Alkelda’s Church in Giggleswick print 500 guidebooks and 1,000 leaflets promoting the ‘St Alkeldas Way’, a 33 mile walk through the National Park.

A grant of £10,000 was made to a tenanted farm business on the Bolton Abbey Estate, to help pay for the installation of three new camping pods at Catgill Campsite to improve the range of affordable visitor accommodation.

Meanwhile Thornton Community Projects – the name of a local group in Thornton in Lonsdale – received a grant of £1,345 to help pay for a natural flood management system and biodiversity improvements in Cowgill Wood. The system of ‘leaky dams’ should help should reduce the risk of flood water reaching homes in the village. 

Sustainable Development Officer Andrea Burden said:  “Ideally we like to allocate our annual SDF budget by the end of February each year – so if you’ve got a great local project that needs support, please get in touch.”

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Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority


5 Replies to “£65,000 available for local projects”

  1. Liz hall says:

    Please can you advise how we put an application in – or how to contact Andrea please many thanks Liz Hall Conistone with Kilnsey Parish

  2. Elizabeth Sowden says:

    Please can you advise on how to get help with a diseased tree that is overgrown onto the road, or advise from a tree surgeon?
    Many thanks
    Elizabeth Sowden

  3. Jim Wardrope says:

    Hello, I realise we are now in a new financial year but I contacted you in January regarding Newbiggin-on-Lune Public Hall improvements and you indicated that money would be available this year. The project entails replacing the old ceiling in the main Hall, improving insulation, installing energy efficient lighting and a hearing loop system. Please could you let me know if you are accepting grant applications? Thank you. Jim Wardrope, Hon Sec Newbiggin-on-Lune Public Hall.

    • Mark Sadler says:

      Hello, grant applications are currently on hold while we deal with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, but will re-open in the coming months. We will let you know when that happens. Kind regards.

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