A wide variety of funding is available to those involved in conserving and enhancing natural beauty and promoting sustainable development and community engagement in the AONB. This includes funding administered directly through the AONB Unit – the Sustainable Development Fund and the Landscape and Biodiversity Enhancement Grant – as well as funding provided from a range of external sources – see Alternative Funding Sources.
The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is a grant scheme to support projects that bring social, environmental and economic benefits to the AONB and which help to deliver the Malvern Hills AONB Management Plan. You do not have to live or work within the AONB to be eligible for grant, but you must be able to demonstrate that your project will have a positive impact upon the area.
If you have an idea for a project, please contact
David Armitage, Malvern Hills AONB, Manor House, Grange Road, Malvern, WR14 3EY
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org , T: 01684 560616
Download SDF Application Guidance
This grant scheme is aimed at supporting practical work and projects that help to enhance the landscape, biodiversity and countryside character of the AONB. The grant scheme is aimed at small landowners, Parish Councils, community groups and other individuals, provided the land on which the application falls lies within the boundary of the Malvern Hills AONB.
|Work undertaken||Total (2001 to 2009)|
|Orchard Planting||748 trees planted|
|Hedge planting||2169 metres|
|Hedge trees||431 trees planted|
|Parkland trees||20 trees planted|
|Small wood||845 trees planted|
|Coppicing||1000 metres square|
|Total grants claimed||£25,671.88|
|Total amount levered in from match funding and other sources||£43,428.42|
In addition to the above, many different bodies run grant schemes or offer financial assistance towards activities that will help to deliver the AONB Management Plan. The link below lists just some of the relevant organisations and programmes. Please follow the relevant links or contact the Malvern Hills AONB Staff Unit for further information about funding opportunities.
- LEADER Programme – Worcestershire County Council
- LEADER Programme – Herefordshire Council
- Community Development Foundation grants
- The Big Tree Plant Fund – Forestry Commission