AONB Conservation Fund

Shropshire Hills AONB Trust

Our Conservation Fund is a small grant pot to support practical projects that help to conserve, enhance and raise awareness of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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.

The next round of funding will be for projects starting in April 2023. 

montage of photographs of Conservation Fund projects

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 will be in the range of £500 – £2,000 and are genurally awarded for activity within a particular Financial Year (April to the end of March).  Grants can be of up to 75% and match funding can be made up of in kind and volunteer time contributions as well as cash. Applications will be strengthened by showing other sources of funding.

Please read the Application Guidance for detailed information

Conservation Fund Application Guidance 2022-23


How to apply

Please download and complete the short (two sides of A4) Project Ideas Form to briefly describe your project idea.  Once this is returned 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. 

 Project Ideas Form

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

 The Conservation Fund is made up with donations from Friends of Shropshire Hills AONB subscriptions, the Millichope Foundation, Moonshine & Fuggles, and individual contributions. 

If you would like to contribute to the Fund to support projects which are caring for the Shropshire Hills, please click on the link below:

Donate to the Fund


The Shropshire Hills AONB Trust, Registered Charity no. 1168432