Funding and Grants

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.

Sustainable Development Fund

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: darmitage@worcestershire.gov.uk , T: 01684 560616
Download SDF Application Guidance

View examples of previous SDF projects

Landscape and Biodiversity Enhancement Grants

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.

Download the LEG application form

View examples of funded work undertaken in previous years

Work undertaken Total (2001 to 2009)
Orchard Planting 748 trees planted
Hedgelaying 1040 metres
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

Alternative Funding Sources

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.