How to give
How to give
Make a donation
We have big ambitions for your National Park: we want to see more of the land managed for wildlife; more rare habitats protected; more local communities thriving and more people able to access and enjoy the landscapes.
We are proud to support high quality projects, informed by the South Downs Rangers, local communities and environmental and heritage experts.
Our operating costs are secured until 2021, so every donation you make goes to delivering much-needed projects within your National Park.
We are looking for local tourism businesses to join our visitor giving scheme.
Visitor giving is a simple way of inviting voluntary donations from visitors, inspiring them to put something back into looking after the places they love to visit. Tourism businesses of all types are perfectly placed to collect any contributions which their customers feel moved to give.
Our ambition is to raise £2 from each visitor to the South Downs National Park. This will go towards vital projects which will improve visitors’ experiences for years to come.
Visitor giving isn’t a one-size-fits-all scheme. It’s creative, flexible and we will be happy to discuss the best way you incorporate into your business.
Examples of what your support could help achieve:
- Support our volunteers through materials and equipment to enhance our special landscape. Limited equipment and resources hamper their work and ability to make a difference.
- Develop new community cycling and walking routes which contribute to community health and wellbeing as well as enabling people with limited mobility and young families to enjoy their National Park, for example, the Centurion Way which runs between Chichester and Midhurst in West Sussex.
- Protect the Adonis blue and other endangered species such as the pipistrelle bat and the water vole.
Learn more about our Visitor Giving Partners
Set up a named fund
This is the ideal vehicle for people who want to put something back into the South Downs National Park, over a longer period. This may be of particular interest to those who have considered establishing a charitable trust, but want to avoid the associated cost and administration.
Apply for a grant
Apply for a grant
This fund is managed by the South Downs National Park Trust in partnership with the Volunteer Ranger Service. The Volunteer Conservation Fund will allocate grants of up to £5,000 annually (£2,000 is the average grant) to projects that enhance the National Park and include practical support of the Volunteer Ranger Service.
This fund is managed by the South Downs National Park Trust in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority. The Volunteer Conservation Fund will allocate grants of up to £10,000 at its panel meetings which take place in April and September each year. Small grants of up to £2,000 can also be applied for at 4 points in each year.