Ferry to Bardsey photo by Gareth Jenkins


Sustainable Development Fund

Which types of projects will be supported?
The Fund is available to support projects that benefit the AONB while working to meet the aims of the Sustainable Development Fund. Priority will be given to projects that:

Inspire and involve the local community
Your project should have the genuine support or involvement of communities within the AONB. SDF funded projects should aim to contribute something to the local community, either a social, environmental, cultural and/or economic benefit.

Enhance knowledge and understanding of the AONB and Sustainability
The local culture, natural environment and history all play an important role in Llŷn’s special identity. The SDF aims to promote the wider knowledge and understanding of these special characteristics and raise awareness of sustainability among all those who live in the area and visit it.

Who can apply for funding?

All of the following may apply:

  • Community, Voluntary and Partnership Groups
  • Community Councils
  • Local Authorities
  • The Private Sector (for projects that are in the wider public interest).
  • Individuals (for projects that are in the wider public interest).

How are decisions made?

Applicants are always advised to discuss their project ideas with the officers before submitting an application.

Once completed, application forms are handed in to the staff of the AONB Unit either on paper or electronically, where they will be registered and checked – in some instances further information may be needed.

Officers will then assess applications in relation to the Fund’s criteria (these criteria have been developed and agreed nationally). Applications are then either dealt with by officers through delegated rights or presented before a meeting of the Grant Panel. The Grant Panel meet 3 or 4 times a year as needed and is a sub-committee of the main AONB Joint Advisory Committee.

Application may be fully supported, offered a reduced amount of grant or refused. A set of conditions will be attached to any grant offer made.