£20,000 available from development fund

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Grant funding of up to £5,000 is up for grabs from the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Sustainable Development Fund.

The fund, which has been running for seven years, supports projects that bring social, environmental and economic benefits in the AONB, as well as developing and testing new ways of achieving a more sustainable way of living. The Scheme has granted just over £350,000 since it began, helping 67 projects become reality.

Twenty-thousand pounds is available in the grant fund for 2013/14. The fund can provide grants from £500 up to £5,000 to those who wish to explore and develop practical projects that conserve and enhance the local environment, develop local economic activity, promote local produce and products or link local communities and improve quality of life.

Charities, trusts, community and voluntary organisations can apply for 75 per cent funding, while businesses and authorities can apply for up to 50 per cent funding.

The scheme is open to those based or operating in any parish within or adjacent to the AONB. The application deadline is January 18 2012. For more information go to www.northumberlandcoastaonb.org

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