- What is the Shropshire Hills AONB Conservation Fund?
- What kind of project is eligible?
- Who can apply?
- Award of Grants
- What to do next
- Projects supported by the Conversation Fund
It is a fund to support projects that help to conserve and raise awareness of the AONB. The money for the Fund is all from donations, and currently comes from our Friends of Shropshire Hills AONB membership subscriptions, the Millichope Foundation, and the Jean Jackson Charitable Trust. From 2017, the grants will be given by the new Shropshire Hills AONB Trust charity, with support from the AONB Partnership staff team.
The focus for the Fund is on projects that deliver practical conservation in the AONB and/or educational activity abou the AONB.
Priority areas for projects are:
- (i) Conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, landscape, wildlife or heritage of the Shropshire Hills AONB.
- (ii) Educational and awareness-raising activities relating to the AONB and its conservation, especially involving young people.
Public, private, voluntary sector and community groups can apply, along with individuals and businesses, but in all cases the project must show a clear public benefit. You don’t have to live or work within the AONB to apply, as long as your project delivers benefits to it. Priority may be given to applicants who have not previously had funding from the AONB Partnership.
Grants will be in the range of £1,000 – £4,000, and are normally made for activity within a particular Financial Year (April to the end of March).
Grants can be of up to 75% for voluntary and private sector bodies and up to 50% for public bodies. Match funding can be made up of in kind and volunteer time contributions as well as cash, but applications will be strengthened by showing other sources of funding.
The Grant Advisory Panel meets several times during the year to approve applications. Smaller applications can be processed more quickly.
Projects must be discussed before a full application is made. You can start by sending in the brief Project Ideas Form which you can download from this page. Once you have sent this in, we will contact you to discuss the project in more detail and whether it is appropriate to fill in the full application.
The Fund’s Grant Panel will meet on 20th March 2017. The deadline for receipt of applications is 6th March 2017.
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For more information, please contact Cath Landles on 01743 254742 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Projects supported by the Conservation Fund and Grant Paid 2017-18
Shropshire Mobile Farm, Farms and Flowers – Educational visits in schools, £1200
Redlake Valley CBS, Community Engagement in Woodland Management, £500
Projects supported by the Conservation Fund and Grant Paid 2016-17
South Shropshire Youth Forum, Clee Young Rangers, £2500
Jean Atkin, ‘In woods we forget things, at the wood edge we tell stories’, £1800
Shropshire Wildlife Trust, John Muir Award and Wildlife Watch, £3000
Upper Onny Wildlife Group, Upper Onny Invasive Plant Project, £2000
West Midlands Butterfly Conservation, Stiperstones Butterfly Trail, £900
Lucy Grove, Stanway Dormouse Project, £1500
Small Woods Association, Social Forestry in the Shropshire Hills, £3000
Land, Life & Livelihoods, Celebration and Consultation in the Upper Clun, £2750
CJ & MJ Davies, Gorse control on Lawley East LWS, £750.00
Projects supported by the Conservation Fund and Grant Paid 2015-16
South Shropshire Youth Forum, Church Stretton Young Rangers, £3,000
Church Stretton Town Council, Vision for Rectory Wood & Field, £1,000
John Osborne Arvon Centre, Dovecote Meadow & Orchard Project, £2,284
Redlake Valley Community Benefit Society, Brineddin Community Woodland, £1,136
Loudwater Studio, Five Sites Five Senses, £2,530
Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Discover Shropshire Hills, £3,000
Friends of Pontesford Hill, Pontesford Hill Appeal, £500
West Midlands Butterfly Conservation, Butterflies of the West Midlands, £150
Leigh Hall Estate, Bromlow Callow Gorse Control, £1,500
Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country LPS, Built Heritage Training, £1,000
Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country LPS, Ground nesting Birds Recovery project, £3,500
Upper Onny Wildlife Group, Upper Onny Invasive Plant project, £2,200
Clun Valley Organics, Bales Educational Facilities, £1,000
Severn Rivers Trust, Teme Riverflies, £2,500