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Thursday 22 April 2004

22 April 2004


A fund set up two years ago to encourage sustainable development has benefited dozens of community & voluntary groups and businesses throughout the Peak District.

Statistics just released show that so far the National Park Authority's Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) has provided more than 120 grants worth over £250,000 - and the Authority is urging more people to come forward for funding.

The initiative has been so successful that the Authority has just appointed a dedicated SDF officer, Richard Godley from Grenoside in Sheffield. He has joined the Authority's conservation service from Sheffield City Council.

He will manage the fund, encourage more applicants to come forward for support and work with groups and organisations interested in promoting sustainable projects.

SDF was set up by the Government in 2002 and it is administered in the Peak District by the National Park Authority. The idea is to provide funding support to individuals, community & voluntary groups, charities, schools and businesses whose projects have an on-going positive impact:

on the environment, or

on natural resources, or

on people's understanding of Peak District's special qualities, or

on the social or economic well being of the wider Peak District and its communities.

Schemes funded so far have included recycling furniture, walks to promote moorland safety, an eco-schools conference, use of alternative energy, encouraging communities to use the Peak District as a resource for learning & education and events that encourage sustainable lifestyles and understanding.

Chair of the SDF panel and National Park member Anne Ashe said: "We have already awarded over £250,000 to dozens of worthy projects and more funding is available. Please get in touch if you live or work within the wider Peak District and have a project that could have a positive impact on the National Park's environment and natural resources or that could increase people's understanding of the special qualities of the Park."

Anyone interested in applying for funding can complete an on-line application form by visiting or alternatively contact SDF officer Richard Godley on 01629 816312 or

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