Sussex Lund, a grants programme of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, awards funding of up to £10,0000 to small-scale, practical projects that improve the landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The area covers parts of West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Surrey) but applications from nearby areas will be considered.
Community groups, schools, churches, parish councils, charities, businesses, farmers and landowners are invited to apply. If you are a private landowner or a for-profit organisation you will need to demonstrate that the landscape and public benefit is greater than any private gain.
Applicants must demonstrate how their project will make tangible improvements to the High Weald’s landscape. For example projects that:
- Improve its habitats, such as creating ponds and wetland, removing non-native species (for example rhododendron and leylandii), planting new hedges and restoring old ones, planting trees, coppicing woodland, planting orchards, developing more species-rich grassland, putting up bird, bug and bat boxes or creating more wildlife-friendly allotments and greenspace.
- Improve its scenic beauty, such as planting street trees, reducing sign and light pollution, removing or screening eyesores, replacing ‘hard’, man-made boundaries with soft, natural boundaries, clearing litter.
- Improve access, such as installing boardwalks to prevent damage to wetland habitat, creating new access points to green spaces, creating permisive paths to link existing routes and removing physical barriers that prevent people accessing the countryside.
The grant does not cover costs of educational or outreach activities, though they may form part of your project. It will consider training costs as part of a project that achieves tangible change.
The Panel may also consider larger grants to single organisations working with multiple landowners/organisations on projects that cross landowner boundaries and enable people to share skills and equipment.
Deadline: Monday 2 March 2020, 2pm
For more information and how to apply please click here.
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