AONB Conservation Fund

The Shropshire Hills AONB Conservation Fund is a small grant pot to support practical projects that help to conserve, enhance and raise awareness of the AONB.

Applications for 2020-21 are now closed.

Priority areas for projects are:

  • Conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, landscape, wildlife or heritage of the Shropshire Hills AONB.
  • 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.  You don’t have to live or work within the AONB to apply, as long as your project delivers benefits to it.  Priority is given to first-time applicants. 


Award of Grants

Grants are awarded for activity within a particular Financial Year (April to the end of March). Grants will be in the range of £500 – £2,000.  They 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.


How to apply - next steps

Please complete a Project Ideas Form, by contacting us to request the form.  Once you have emailed this to us, we will get in touch to discuss your project in more detail and will be able to recommend whether your project should progress to a full application. 

Deadline for receiving your project idea form is tbc

Deadline for full applications is tbc


Download Conservation Fund Guidance for 2020-21


For more information, please contact Steph Hayes on 01743 254746.

The Fund is made up with donations from Friends of Shropshire Hills AONB subscriptions, the Millichope Foundation and individual contributions.  Grants are awarded by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust. 


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