AONB Conservation Fund

The 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.


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

 Project Ideas Form

Once you have completed the form and 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. 

Deadline for completed Project Idea Form is 24th June 2022.

Download Application Guidance, 2022-23

Deadline for full applications is 7th July 2022 

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


Grants are awarded by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust.

The Fund is made up with donations from Friends of Shropshire Hills AONB subscriptions, the Millichope Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Martin Wills Wildlife Maintenance Trust, 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