Grants available for projects that help to conserve and enhance the Cotswolds.

A pot of money is available for local projects that help to make the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) a better place to live. Local communities, individuals and businesses are invited to apply for a grant from The Sustainable Development Fund, (SDF) which is delivered by the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

Anne Powell, Sustainable Development Fund Officer at the Conservation Board, said;

"Projects which further the environmental, social or economic development of the AONB; and increase understanding and enjoyment of the Cotswolds' special qualities are particularly suited to funding. We are keen to support new ideas which have the backing of the community and the money allows us to encourage new ideas and experimental projects which can really have long-term benefits for the AONB."

Anyone can apply for one of the grants, which can fund up to 75% of the costs of a project and in exceptional cases 100% may be given to voluntary bodies. Grants can range from a few hundred pounds to a maximum of £25,000.

The Sustainable Development Fund was introduced to the Cotswolds last year and has proved extremely popular with a variety of organisations and projects benefitting from grants.

Recent Projects include a new farm plastics recycling business, a woodland classroom at a Cotswolds primary school and a restored village green and wildflower meadow.

The Cotswolds Conservation Board is keen to hear from anybody who is interested in applying for a grant including individuals, groups, businesses, local authorities and charities about schemes that they may have considered but have never had money to develop.

The Sustainable Development Fund is financed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and managed by the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

For an application form and more details contact Anne Powell at the Conservation Board on 01451 862000 or visit


The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is cared for by the Cotswolds Conservation Board - an independent organisation with 40 members, 17 nominated by local authorities, eight by parish councils and 15 appointed by Government.

The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.

This year the Cotswolds Conservation Board is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the AONB, which became a protected landscape back in 1966.

Contact: Anne Powell. Tel: 01451 862000 (Mondays and Thursdays)

Cotswolds Conservation Board Fosseway Northleach Gloucestershire GL54 3JH Tel: 01451 862000