Projects can apply for money boost from AONB fund

The Northumberland Coast
The Northumberland Coast

Projects which bring social, environmental and economic benefits are being encouraged to apply for a slice of £20,000.

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Sustainable Development Fund can provide grants from £500 up to £3,000.

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 fund is aimed at those who wish to explore and develop practical projects that conserve and enhance the local environment, develop local economic activity, promote local produce and products or link local 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 scheme has granted just over £390,000 since it began, helping 91 projects become reality.

The application deadline is Friday, March 13. The appraisal panel will meet during shortly afterwards to allocate the fund and projects can begin from April 1.

To speak to someone about an idea or project and to obtain an application form, contact Catherine Gray, grant scheme officer on 01670 622 644, or by emailing Catherine.gray@north umberland.gov.uk

Information is also available on the AONB website, by visiting www.northumberlandcoastaonb.org