Conservation Fund

What is the Shropshire Hills AONB Conservation 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.

What kind of project is eligible?Riverfly training supported by Cons Fund 2015

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.

Who can apply?

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. Bromlow Callow Gorse Control supported by the Fund 2015You 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.

Award of Grants

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.

What to do next

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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Projects supported by the Conservation Fund

For more information, please contact Cath Landles on 01743 254742 or email