Sussex Lund is a grants programme of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. It supports small-scale, practical projects that improve the landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
What area does the programme cover?
The programme is focused on the High Weald AONB (which covers parts of West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Surrey) but applications from nearby areas will be considered. It supports projects in the wider countryside as well as those in hamlets, villages and towns, such as churchyards, school grounds, recreation areas and roadside verges. View map of the High Weald AONB
Who do we support?
Sussex Lund is open to everyone: community groups, schools, churches, parish councils, charities, businesses, farmers and landowners. If you are a private landowner or a for-profit organisation you will need to demonstrate that the landscape and public benefit is greater than any private gain.
Sussex Lund will consider applications from past applicants for new projects, but not for the continuation and maintenance of previously funded projects.
What projects do we support?
Sussex Lund will consider supporting any project that makes tangible improvements to the High Weald’s landscape. For example projects that:
• Improve its habitats, such as creating ponds and wetland, removing non-native species (for example rhododendron and leylandii), planting new hedges and restoring old ones, planting trees, coppicing woodland, planting orchards, developing more species-rich grassland, putting up bird, bug and bat boxes or creating more wildlife-friendly allotments and greenspace.
• Improve its scenic beauty, such as planting street trees, reducing sign and light pollution, removing or screening eyesores, replacing ‘hard’, man-made boundaries with soft, natural boundaries, clearing litter.
• Improve access, such as installing boardwalks to prevent damage to wetland habitat, creating new access points to green spaces, creating permisive paths to link existing routes and removing physical barriers that prevent people accessing the countryside.
Sussex Lund will not contribute towards the costs of educational or outreach activities, though they may form part of your project. It will consider training costs as part of a project that achieves tangible change.
How much can I apply for?
One-off grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available. Ideally you will spend the grant within a year of accepting your grant offer but projects that take longer will be considered.
Sussex Lund may award larger grants for collaborative projects involving two or more organizations (eg, community groups, charities, parish councils). The Panel may also consider larger grants to single organizations working with multiple landowners on projects that cross landowner boundaries and enable people to share skills and equipment.
Do I need match funding?
There is no requirement for match funding, however, the Grants Panel decision will take into account your own or others’ commitment to the project in the form of cash, in-kind support or time.
When can I apply?
The Panel considers applications once a year. The closing date for 2019 applications is 12pm on Monday 8 April 2019.
How do I apply?
If you are considering applying it is essential that you contact us for informal advice about the suitability of your project and tips on how to submit a strong application. We may recommend a free site visit to help you with your project development and planning. It is important to us that the applications we receive have a good chance of success.
You can download the application form and guidance here.
How will my project be assessed?
We will present your application to the Sussex Lund Grants Panel in June. We will tell you the Panel’s decision in July.
Registering an interest and further help
Thinking of applying in 2019 and looking for inspiration?
Use the interactive map below to view details of projects funded by Sussex Lund in 2017 and 2018; each pin provides a pop-up with more information about the project.
Or you can view the annual grant summaries: pdf Sussex Lund Grant Summary - 2018 (254 KB) and pdf Sussex Lund Grant Summary - 2017 (241 KB)
You can also read the latest Sussex Lund Newsletter for even more inspiration.