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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.


The Scheme:

  • 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

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
  • Cylch
  • 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 or

Visit: Environment Wales (external link)

Other grants

Other grants may be available through our partners:

For more information, please visit their websites or email us: