Sustainable Development Fund

The Forest of Bowland AONB Sustainable Development Fund is a grant scheme which supports projects that bring environmental, social and economic benefits to the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Forest of Bowland AONB’s Sustainable Development Fund is now CLOSED for 2015. However, if you have an idea for a project we'd be happy to discuss that with you. Have a look at our GUIDANCE  to see if you are eligible.

If you only need a small amount of support, Champion Bowland offer grants of up to £750  and the grant scheme is currently open for applications.

SDF is managed by Champion Bowland and this means that grants can be offered for a full 12 months – giving you extra time to complete and report on your project. Grants are normally within the region of £500 to £5000, but we are keen to consider larger grants if they are particularly innovative or sustainable.

If you have an idea for a project please contact or call on 01200 448000, as we can guide you through the criteria and application process, hopefully making for a more successful bid. For details of projects funded in the past, please browse through the reports below.

SDF grants awarded for 2015 include:

Bolton by Bowland village hall insulation works to improve energy efficiency: £4408

Burton in Lonsdale sports pavilion, renewable energy heat sink: £2000

Ribble Rivers Trust, training course in Pinpointing Diffuse Water Pollution: £2000

The Deer Initiative, survey work and awareness raising in Bowland: £3450

Previously Funded Projects

SDF Projects 2014-15

SDF Projects 2013-14

SDF Projects 2012-13