THE NEXT DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS TO THE 2015/16 SDF IS MONDAY 18TH MAY
The Cotswolds AONB Sustainable Development Fund is a regional grants scheme, available to individuals, groups or businesses that have ideas or projects that will improve the Cotswolds both now and in the future.
The Fund aims to encourage and support community-based projects that look to provide a clear benefit to the Cotswolds AONB, with particular focus on the environment, community and/or local economy. Applicants are not required to be based in the AONB, however, all projects must be able to demonstrate the positive impacts on the Cotswolds.
The Cotswolds AONB Sustainable Development Fund is coordinated and managed by the Cotswolds Conservation Board with resources provided by Defra.
What is Sustainable Development?
Sustainable development in the Cotswolds AONB will conserve and enhance the environmental, economic and community well-being of the area to ensure an improved quality of life for everyone, now and for future generations.
Achieving sustainable development will normally require working towards four, interconnected, goals:
- social progress which meets the needs of everyone
- protecting and enhancing the environment
- ensuring a diverse and prosperous rural economy (which supports the conservation and enhancement of the area's special qualities)
- the prudent use of natural resources.
Individual projects can place particular emphasis on any one of these four goals. Ideally, they should seek to make progress on all of them, but must demonstrate no negative impact on any.
A sample sustainability checklist can be downloaded from the Conservation Board’s website. Completing this list will help you assess how well your project fits the fund’s criteria.