Shropshire Hills AONB Conservation Fund
This is a Fund to support projects that help to conserve and raise awareness of the AONB. The money for the Fund is from donations, and currently comes from Friends of Shropshire Hills AONB subscriptions, the Millichope Foundation, and the Jean Jackson Charitable Trust.
Grants are given by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust, with support from the AONB Partnership staff team.
Funding is now allocated for 2018-19. To read summaries of the projects supported this year follow the link to download the pdf: project summaries 2018-19
To apply for 2019-20 please follow the links below:
- What kind of project is eligible?
- Who can apply?
- Award of Grants
- What to do next
- Projects supported by the Conversation Fund
The focus for the Fund is on projects that deliver practical conservation in the AONB and/or educational activity about 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 once a 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 below. 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.
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For more information, please contact Stephanie Hayes on 01743 254746 or email email@example.com
Follow the link to download a summery of the projects supported this year Summary of projects supported in 2018-19.
2017-18, click on the projects below to read their final reports
Shropshire Mobile Farm, Farms and Flowers – Educational visits in schools, £1200
Redlake Valley CBS, Community Engagement in Woodland Management, £500
Footloose Community Arts, Biodiversity and music project with Stokesay School on the Long Mynd, £750
Upper Onny Wildlife Group, Upper Onny Invasive Plants Project, £1000
National Trust, Heartland – Art and Landscape project, £1000
Marches Meadow Group, Purchase of small bale wrapper and bale wrap, £500
Grow Cook Learn, Shropshire Hills Discovery Walks, £2000
Lightfoot Enterprises, Woodlands for All, £1000
Four and Twenty Arts CIC, Blakemoorgate Wild Art Museum, £1000
Strettons Area Community Wildlife Group, Improving access and biodiversity of Stretton Wetlands, £1500
South Shropshire Youth Forum, South Shropshire Youth Heritage & Conservation Programme, £2000
Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Local Wildlife Site Restoration and Improvement, £1000
Myndtown Combined Parish Council, Myndtown Combined Parishes Verges Project, £1000
Corvedale CofE Primary School, Wildlife Pond Area, £550
Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership, Foundation for Common Land – Commons Project, £1800
Caring for God’s Acre, Wildlife in God’s Acre, £1000
Shropshire Wildlife Trust, John Muir Award & Wildlife Watch, £2000
Butterfly Conservation, Making a stand for the Wood White in Shropshire, £1000
2016-17, click on the projects below to read their final reports
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
Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Conservation work on three Local Wildlife Sites, £3000
2015-16, click on the projects below to read their final reports
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