Funding pot for coastal projects now open for bids

Craster Memorial Hall.
Craster Memorial Hall.

Groups and projects along the north Northumberland coast are being encouraged to bid for a share of a £20,000 pot of funding.

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Sustainable Development Fund has been running for more than eight years.

It supports projects that bring social, environmental and economic benefits in the AONB as well as developing and testing new ways of achieving a more sustainable way of living.

The scheme has granted just over £370,000 since it began, helping 78 projects become reality.

There is £20,000 available in the grant fund for 2014/15. The fund can provide grants from £500 up to £3,000 to those who wish to explore and develop practical projects that conserve and enhance the environment, develop economic activity, promote local produce and products or link communities and improve quality of life.

Charities, trusts, community and voluntary organisations can apply for 75 per cent funding. Businesses and authorities can apply for up to 50 per cent funding.

The grant scheme is open to those based in, or operating in, any parish within or adjacent to the AONB, which runs along the coast between Amble and Berwick.

The application deadline is Friday, February 21. Contact Catherine Gray on 01670 622644 or