Sustainable Development Fund

The Chichester Harbour AONB Sustainable Development Fund supports projects which have a community or environmental benefit to the AONB. The scheme is very competitive and applications are assessed against the scheme criteria, and are considered on a first-come first-served basis. 

The scheme is fully allocated for the current financial year, but we will be accepting applications for 2014/15 from 1st April. Please contact Nicky Horter, AONB Officer, to discuss your project idea in the first instance, or for feedback on a draft application. 01243 510983.


Introduction | Application Pack | Case Histories | Contact Details



The Sustainable Development Fund is a grant scheme to help deliver community-based projects within Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The aim is to assist projects that will look after the AONB now and for the future. The scheme opens on the 1st April each year and all funds must be granted, projects completed and funds claimed by the end of March. Grants are provided on a 'first-come first-served' basis, so please apply as soon as possible. Please note that grants are paid retrospectively on completion of the project.

The Chichester Harbour Sustainable Development Fund is delivered and managed by Chichester Harbour Conservancy for the Chichester Harbour AONB. Resources are provided by DEFRA via Natural England.

Application Pack

To apply for a grant, please first read the Information Leaflet and the Criteria and Sustainability Checklist. If you think your project may be eligible please contact the Harbour Office and discuss it with the AONB Officer. If the Officer thinks your project may be suitable for funding, you will be asked to complete the Online/PDF Application Form and read the Terms and Conditions.

These leaflets can be downloaded as pdf documents. Alternatively please contact the Harbour Office for a hard copy.

Online Application Form (preferred method of application)
Information Leaflet
Criteria and Sustainability Checklist
Terms and Conditions

Once received, your application will be assessed by a sub-committee of the Conservancy. If successful a grant will be approved. The grants will be awarded on a 'first-come, first-served' basis. All approved expenditure will need to be made by 31st March. See the Terms and Conditions for further details.


Case Histories

Projects funded 2011-12


Contact Details

Chichester Harbour AONB Officer
Chichester Harbour Conservancy
The Harbour Office
Itchenor, Chichester
West Sussex, PO20 7AW
01243 512301


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