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News from Bradfield Village Hall
10th May 2009

Could you help decide "green" grants for the Peak District?

The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund needs two new members of its panel to help allocate grants to communities and businesses.

The eight-strong independent panel is especially looking for people with interests in the arts or cultural heritage, in biodiversity, and in black or minority ethnic involvement in National Parks.

Each year the fund gives about £180,000 to environmental, community, cultural and educational projects that help safeguard the future of the Peak District.

More than 200 projects have been supported so far, including:

  • Arts for Health workshops as therapy for isolated rural patients.
  • Traditional story-telling for rural schools.
  • Renewable energy schemes for village halls.
  • Support for people from inner cities to build links with the Peak District.
  • Sustainable community groups promoting energy conservation and renewable energy schemes.
  • Village groups which carry on the heritage and traditions of the area, including Castleton Garland Ceremony and a Hartington Through The Ages exhibition.
  • Seed-money to launch community allotments and bee-hives.

The Sustainable Development Fund is managed by the Peak District National Park Authority and financed by Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs).

Anne Ashe, chair of the panel, said: "Panel-members represent a cross-section of the groups we deal with - businesses, local communities, environmental groups and young people. They are unpaid but their travel-expenses are re-imbursed and it is an opportunity to put something back into the community. It is not too time-consuming as the panel meets every three months in Bakewell."

Applicants should send one side of A4 explaining their understanding of sustainable development and of their specialist knowledge of the arts and/or cultural heritage or of black and minority ethnic communities.

The deadline is May 22, and applications should be sent to Richard Godley, Sustainable Development Officer, Peak District National Park Authority, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1AE. Or e-mail richard.godley@peakdistrict.gov.uk

More background on SDF may be found on www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/sdf