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Raydale Preserves Launch event SDF contributed a grant towards the large wall mounted interpretation panels

F6 – Sustainable Development Fund

Use the Sustainable Development Fund and other funding sources, to support 20 new local projects each year that bring economic, social and environmental benefits to the National Park.

How the local partners are doing on this objective

Progress: £185,000 was awarded in SDF grants to 16 local projects in 2022-23. This brings the total number of projects supported over the last 4 years to 97. Significant projects supported included: conversion and repurposing of St Michael and All Angels Church in Hudswell to provide a 16-bed hostel; creation of a dual use for St Mary’s Church in Arkengarthdale, including a community meeting space that is accessible with its own kitchen; and, the purchase and installation of a hydro-electric system with battery storage at Kingsdale Head Farm.

Press releases & related articles:

24 July 2023 – Fund supports clean power in Kingsdale

4 April 2023 – Village hydro plant produces first gigawatt

7 March 2023 – Villagers to turn ‘pews into bunk beds’

11 April 2022 – Hyperfast broadband ‘game changer’ for remote dale

8 June 2021 – Grants available – apply now!

27 October 2020 – ‘Kickstart’ funding for tourism sector

Rationale: The National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) supports small-scale business and community projects that promote a more sustainable way of living in, working in and visiting the National Park.

Lead partner:  Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority;

Supporting partners: North Yorkshire Council; Westmorland & Furness Council; Lancashire County Council; Parish Councils;

Further information:  Sustainable Development Fund

Cost over 5 years:  £900,000

Funding shortfall:   None

Related objectives:  A2; A5; A6; A7; A9; B4; B5; B6; B7; B9; D7; D8; E1; E2; E5; E6; E7; E9; F2; F3; F7

Ecosystem services: A sense of place and inspiration; A sense of history; Recreation; Biodiversity; Geodiversity; Energy; Climate regulation

Trade-offs:    None.

Baseline: 36 projects were supported in 2017-18.