North Devon Coast

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Funding for coastal community projects


The North Devon Coast AONB’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is open now to grant applications for innovative community projects for 2017/18.  This fund is managed by the North Devon Coast AONB on behalf of Defra as the unique qualities of our stunning coast are recognised as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  We hope to help fund new projects or initiatives with individuals, groups, organisations or businesses with projects which will benefit, enhance or promote the natural beauty, wildlife, heritage of our special landscape area. This year, we want to focus on funding projects related to Health & Wellbeing and Historic Environment although we would welcome other types of project.

Last year, the SDF grant scheme supported a diverse range of projects such as:  

2016-17 SDF projects

Amount Offered

Project name



Heaven and Hell – a story of churches in North Devon

Seize the Moment


Hartland Abbey History & Filming

Hartland Abbey


Wild Shorts

North Devon Moving Image CIC


Discover, explore and learn about Combe Martin beach  and its geology

Combe Martin Museum


Clovelly Dykes Southern Extension




Coastwise North Devon


Northam Burrows Welcome Sign for W Ho! Gate

Torridge District Council


Life on the Verge – Biosphere

Tarka County Trust


Bat Audio Pen Trail Braunton

North Devon Environmental Trust


GHB Viewing platform & interpretation area

Braunton Parish Council


Picking Plastic Pollution

Croyde Community Beach Cleaning Group

This year a total fund of approximately £25,000 will be available to assist SDF projects. We are looking for grant applications between £500 and £2,000, although exceptional projects would be considered for a grant of up to £5,000.  The projects require matched funding, although the fund can provide up to 75% of the project cost.

If you have a project which fits our criteria which you would like some funding to help get it off the ground, please download the application form northdevon-aonb.org.uk/our-work/grants or contact Jenny Carey-Wood on 01271 388758 or jenny.carey-wood@devon.gov.uk