Energy Wales Statement »The energy system in Wales is on the threshold of great change driven by new energy, technology and low carbon energy transition objectives.Learn more »
New law to reduce homelessness comes into force
The most fundamental reform to homelessness legislation in over 30 years comes into force across Wales.
- Minister visits Germany to learn more about their apprenticeship programmes
- GE Healthcare's first Innovation Village in the UK creates international interest from young life science businesses
- New law to reduce homelessness comes into force
- Welsh Government Draft Equality Objectives for 2016-2020
- Future arrangements for the Welsh Government’s Equality and Inclusion Programme for 2017-2020
- Consultation on guidance for commissioning substance misuse services
- Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper - Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People
- Interim non-statutory standards for sustainable drainage (SuDS) in Wales – designing, constructing, operating and maintaining surface water drainage systems
- Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 – Part 1 Guidance to Fire and Rescue Authorities and Fire and Rescue Authorities Support and Intervention Protocol
Section highlightRegulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) BillThe Bill will improve the quality of care and support in Wales and strengthen protection for citizens.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightTaxes in Wales
The devolution of some taxes to Wales from April 2018 provides us with the opportunity to reshape those taxes to better meet our circumstances and priorities.
Final Budget 2015-16 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2015-16 is £15·3bn.Learn more »
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Countryside and coastal access grants
We support environmental projects through our Sustainable Development Fund and Environment Wales grant schemes.
The Sustainable Development Fund
The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) aims to develop new ways of living in a more sustainable way in the countryside. So natural beauty, diversity, wildlife, landscape, land use and community are conserved.
The Scheme started in June 2000 in National Parks and in April 2001 in the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). People and organisations from the public, private or voluntary sectors can apply if they can show that their proposal meets the criteria.
We are providing £200,000 per Park Authority and £70,000 per AONB in 2013-14. The Minister will decide on the future funding of the scheme in 2014.
- explores how to use the principles of sustainability and remove barriers
- develops models to show how the countryside can be managed sustainably
- create greater awareness and understanding of sustainability.
Application forms are available from National Park Authorities and from AONB Officers in local authorities that have AONBs.
Helen Roderick, Brecon Beacons National Park Tel: (01874) 624437
Emma Taylor, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Tel: (01646) 624874
Snowdonia National Park Tel: (01766) 772252
David Shiel, Clwydian Range AONB Tel: (01352) 810614
Mike Scott, Gower AONB Tel: (01792) 635094
Bleddyn Jones, Llyn AONB Tel: (01758) 704155
Efan Milner, Anglesey AONB Tel: (01248) 752429
Andrew Blake, Wye Valley AONB Tel: (01600) 713977
Environment Wales is a partnership in the voluntary sector that we fund. It aims to help sustainable development by supporting and encouraging voluntary action to protect and improve the environment.
Environment Wales was set up in 1992 and has grown each year. The Welsh Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) provides the administrative support for Environment Wales.
There are also eight Operational Partners, which employ the Development Officer Team. These are:
- The Conservation Volunteers
- Eco Centre Wales
- Groundwork Wales
- Keep Wales Tidy
- The National Trust
- Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales
- the Wildlife Trusts Wales.
The Development Officer Team provides community and voluntary groups with advice and support. Each project supported by Environment Wales is given a Development Officer contact.
Environment Wales also operates five grant streams to support voluntary organisations and community groups complete practical projects that promote one or more of the following:
- to achieve sustainable improvements to the Welsh environment through practical projects
- to increase understanding of sustainable development and the environment through information, education and advisory services
- to help create new environmental initiatives which also allow communities and voluntary organisations to contribute to their social and economic needs
- to support and train staff and volunteers engaged in these activities.
For more information, please visit the Environment Wales website or contact Environment Wales coordinators by e-mail at email@example.com or HAllen@wcva.org.uk.
Visit: Environment Wales (external link)
Other grants may be available through our partners:
Brecon Beacons National Park (external link)
For more information, please visit their websites or email us: