SCF

Apply for a grant

Apply for a grant

For more information and to discuss funding options please contact Mark Rose:
mark.rose@southdownstrust.org.uk
01730 819219

 

The Sustainable Communities Fund

This fund is managed by the South Downs National Park Trust in partnership with South Downs National Park Authority. Partnerships and constituted not-for-profit organisations which include social enterprises, community interest companies, voluntary organisations and for-profit organisations (projects cannot be for financial gain to the business) can apply for funding if their project contributes to the South Downs National Park Partnership Management Plan.

Grants are available for up to 50% of the project cost from £250 to a maximum of £10,000. Please note that the criteria of the fund are regularly reviewed and may change without notice. South Downs National Park Trust is not obliged to consider applications under criteria which were in place when an enquiry or expression of interest was made.

Application forms are not available for download as we encourage an initial conversation about your project- please contact Mark Rose on 01730-819219 or mark.rose@southdownstrust.org.uk.

An information sheet can be downloaded at the end of this page and further information is available in these sections:

Grant Panel Members

Grant Panel Meetings and Application Deadlines

Application Process

Case Studies

Other Funding

The information document can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

 

South Downs volunteer rangers

The deadline for the current grant round is the 31st March 2019 with grant decisions being made in May – the process follows this cycle:

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For more information and to discuss options please contact Mark Rose:
mark.rose@southdownstrust.org.uk
01730 819219

The South Downs National Park Trust currently has the following grant programme open for applications:

The Sustainable Communities Fund

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.

The application form, monitoring form and guidance document can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  • Not for profit organisations
  • Voluntary/community groups
  • Community interest companies
  • Registered charities
  • Parish Councils
  • Landowners (or those responsible for managing land on behalf of others) who need support to enhance environmentally sensitive areas for the benefit of the wider public.

In order to be eligible projects must:

The types of things that the funding can be spent on are:

  • Materials
  • Contractors
  • Specialist expertise
  • Consumables

As these projects will have support from the Volunteer Ranger Service (who are qualified, equipped and funded by the South Downs National Park Authority) the following are unlikely to be funded:

  • Training
  • Equipment
  • Staffing costs

However, funding requests of this nature will be considered.

Involving the Volunteer Ranger Service

This fund has been initially setup using funds belonging to the Volunteer Ranger Service. This group of approximately 400 people provide practical/physical support for a range of environmental, leisure and heritage projects across the Park and are led by professional staff from the South Downs National Park Authority. If your project does not already have confirmed involvement and support of the Volunteer Ranger Service please propose how it could be involved. It is not necessary to have their involvement confirmed when you apply but the opportunities for involvement that you put forward will be considered in the grant decision making process.

Match funding and payment terms

Both applications for 100% of the costs and those with match funding from other sources will be accepted – projects with significant costs will require match funding.

Grants are usually paid up-front but the Volunteer Ranger Service may agree interim payments or payment in arrears depending on the nature of the project.

Timeframe 

The Volunteer Conservation Fund is managed on an annual cycle. At the beginning of the year (January to March) the fund will be promoted to those who are interested to apply with all applications to be submitted by 31st March.

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