AONB Inviting Applications For SDF Funding

The Isles of Scilly AONB is inviting anyone with a project idea to come and talk to them about funding.

AONB Manager, Trevor Kirk, says the organisation has been provided with £40,000 by Defra this year to fund projects that either seek to conserve and enhance the environment or contribute to sustainable social and economic development on the Islands.

Trevor says the Sustainable Development Fund has been used in previous years to support a wide range of projects, from recreational facilities, such as the bowling green at St Mary’s golf club and the St Agnes MUGA, through to more commercially focused projects, such as the crane on St Mary’s quay.

And some projects have had a more traditional environmental approach, such as funding equipment for the local bat group.

Trevor says the SDF is a relatively small pot of money each year and historically they haven’t awarded grants over £6,000. He said this means they can share the money around more projects each year.

However, SDF money can be combined with funds from other sources, particularly the Local Action Group.

Charitable organisations and community groups are eligible for up to 75% of their project costs while businesses and the local authority can get up to 50%.

The AONB will be running an open day next Thursday, 24th May, to provide information and advice on how to obtain SDF funding. Staff will be available at the Wesleyan Chapel on St Mary’s from 2.00pm to 6.45pm and Trevor says anyone who can’t attend is free to pop into the AONB offices or check out details on their website at www.ios-aonb.info.