AONB grants on offer to community groups

A pot of money is available for community groups to develop projects that focus on Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

 The Cannock Chase AONB Partnership has £10,000 in total to fund projects up to £1,000 or £2,000.

 Of the funding, Emma Beaman, Assistant AONB Officer, commented: “This funding is a really valuable resource for voluntary groups. Examples of projects that could be awarded a grant include creating bird feeding stations, art activities such as wildlife sculptures, tools for volunteers, habitat creation, or way markers. We hope plenty of groups will apply for funding and we look forward to helping projects that will boost Cannock Chase AONB.”

 The deadline to apply for a grant is Friday 30 May 2014.

 Applications will be assessed against criteria that includes whether projects conserve or enhance the natural beauty of Cannock Chase AONB sites, whether they are sustainable developments, if they involve local communities, and more.

 Small projects will be funded up to £1,000 and larger projects will be funded up to £2,000.

 An application form and the full criteria are available on request from the Cannock Chase AONB Unit.

 To find out more and to request an application form, please contact Emma Beaman on 01785 619185 or email

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