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Ruth Lindsey with two of the woollen logs

Sustainable Development Fund (SDF)

What does it fund?

The SDF supports business and community projects that promote a more sustainable way of living in, working in and visiting the National Park, while conserving and enhancing its local culture, wildlife, landscape and communities.  

We will support projects that provide:

  • multiple benefits
  • value for money 
  • clear outcomes 
  • a legacy

Who can apply?

Grants are on offer to individuals, businesses, community groups and voluntary-sector bodies, and projects can be far-ranging – from community composting and appropriate renewable energy schemes to sustainable transport and eco-tourism.

How much can I apply for?

There is no set minimum or maximum grant but our average grant amount is £5,000. As a guide, we hope to support more than 20 projects annually.

How do I 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.

Applicants need to show how their project will contribute to the achievement of one or more of the objectives in the National Park Management Plan, which sets out shared ambitions to secure a prosperous future for the National Park and its communities.  

Using 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 Parks is one of the objectives agreed by the Authority and a wide range of local partner organisations in the National Park Management Plan 2019-24.

What next?

Talk to us…. we can give you pointers that will give your project the best chance of being funded. Contact the Sustainable Development Officer on 01969 652337 or

When you are ready to apply, please complete the relevant application form and return it to the Sustainable Development Officer.  We have two different application forms: one that is for applications that are for grants above £1,000 and one that is for smaller grants that are below £1,000.

Data Protection, privacy statement – Information provided as part of an application to the Sustainable Development Fund will be handled responsibly in accordance with current data protection legislation including the General Data Protection Regulation. For more information please see our Access to Information Page.

How do I make a claim?

Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork available.  It is also worth having a read through the claiming your grant notes to make sure you have everything you need to make your claim.  Ensure that you have completed your claim form and also the certificate of ‘in kind’ contributions form (if relevant).  Please also let us have any written evidence you have regarding your match funding.  You can either email your claim to or post it to the Sustainable Development Officer with any photos, web-links or reports to show that the project is finished.