Community cash on offer

Community groups and organisations are being invited to apply for a share of a cash pot.

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Sustainable Development Fund has £20,000 available for 2013/14.

It can provide grants from £500 up to £5,000 to those who want to explore and develop practical projects that conserve and enhance the environment, develop local economic activity, promote local produce and products or link local communities.

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, parishes within or adjacent to the AONB, which runs along the coast between Amble and Berwick.

The application deadline is Friday, January 18. For details ring Catherine Gray on 01670 622644 or email