Sustainable Development Fund (SDF)

The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) provides grants to individuals, businesses, local authorities and community groups to fund sustainable new business ideas and community projects in our National Parks.  


The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is now delivering the SDF grant. New application forms and guidance notes for the fund will appear shortly on the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority website.


About SDF

The fund was launched in July 2002 and is funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Until 2014 SDF was managed by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust on behalf of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Projects that have been funded through the Sustainable Development Fund must help further the National Park purposes of:
  • Conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Yorkshire Dales
  • Promoting opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the Yorkshire Dales’ special qualities by the public.  

By March 2012 SDF had awarded over £1.7 million in grants to 162 projects that had a total value of nearly £6.7 million.

This brings direct benefit to the communities, businesses and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. 


Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) - projects

Projects have ranged from community composting schemes, renewable energy technologies, to apprenticeship programmes and sustainable transport. Projects range from small (a grant of £300) to large (over £50,000) but all contribute to national park purposes and the principles of sustainable development.

View summaries of SDF projects in 2012-13 here or visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority website.

Evaluation of the SDF in English National Parks

Read an Evaluation of the Sustainable Development Fund in English National Parks 2009-2011 here or visit the ENPAA website