The search is on for projects that will benefit both the community and the environment of the Isles of Scilly. The Defra-funded Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is once again available to support local projects in Scilly.
Since its introduction in 2005 the AONB Sustainable Development Fund has supported numerous projects in Scilly, benefiting the environment, Island communities and the local economy. Examples of successful recent projects include the re-development of the Sussex Gig Shed on Bryher, the establishment of the new Quay Crane on St Mary’s, the St Agnes Multi-Use Games Area, vital surgery equipment for the Isles of Scilly Veterinary Surgery, and support for Island-wide events such as the Redwing Dinghy Championships, Art Scilly and the Isles of Scilly Folk Festival.
2013 provides the opportunity to support something new, exciting and positive for Scilly.
Positive Impact in Scilly
The AONB Sustainable Development Fund is awarded to projects that enhance Scilly’s unique and special environment and to those that provide exciting economic and cultural opportunities for the local community.
Rebecca Steggles, the Isles of Scilly AONB Assistant says, ‘The Sustainable Development Fund provides an excellent opportunity to benefit both current and future generations of people living in, and visiting, the Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)’.
The AONB Partnership is inviting organisations, groups, charities and businesses to come forward with innovative project ideas that could help support the Isles of Scilly’s environment and its communities.
Suitable projects could be eligible for awards of between £500 and £10,000.
Eligible projects might include:
- research focussing on Scilly’s natural, historic and marine environment;
- skills training in Scilly’s biodiversity and heritage;
- appropriate low carbon initiatives;
- sustainable transport projects;
- innovative products or initiatives connected to land management;
- community schemes with an environmental aspect;
- events that support Scilly’s economy, landscape or historic conservation activities
- sustainable tourism projects;
- projects that help to deliver the AONB Management Plan.
Prospective applicants are invited to complete an Expression of Interest Form by February 28th 2013. This information will be reviewed by the AONB staff team and pre-application advice will be given shortly after. Final applications to the Sustainable Development Fund will then be invited in April 2013. SDF applications are assessed by a panel, which is formed of members from the AONB Partnership.
For more information please contact Rebecca Steggles at the AONB Staff Unit on 01720 424315, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on to register your interest is available here.