Sussex Lund is a grant programme of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.
It supports small-scale, practical projects that improve the landscape of the High Weald AONB and the hamlets, villages and towns on its fringes. It also supports projects that help people to experience the landscape and build connections to it.
Previous successful projects include:
- Planting community orchards
- Restoring ponds and wetland areas
- Hedge-laying to restore historic boundary lines
- Managing wildflower precious grassland; and
- Creating new habitats for dormice and barn owls.
Projects for 2022 could also include community events or initiatives that celebrate and raise awareness of the High Weald landscape and its special qualities.
1. Get Started - read our guidance and submit an enquiry
Sussex Lund is now open for new applications, with a deadline of 17 July 2022. Please download and read the Criteria and Guidance document, and then fill out our short online form to register your interest.
Whether you already have a project in the works and need an application form or you're a newcomer in search of more information, submitting an enquiry will help us support you in the most useful way.
2. Come to a Sussex Lund event
We are running a series of free events to help you develop your Sussex Lund project and apply for funding. Please click on the links below to book your place:
How to complete the Sussex Lund application form Webinar - Online
Monday 6 June 4.30PM
Join Gerry Sherwin, Business Manager with the High Weald AONB team, for an informal webinar to learn more about Sussex Lund application process, assessment criteria and the type of projects that could be funded.
Sussex Lund Community Event - Ashdown Forest
Thursday 16 June 2PM
Meet the High Weald team and get inspiration and guidance for Sussex Lund projects to improve and celebrate your local area.
Are you a farmer or a landowner? We have another grant programme just for you...
We are now running the new Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, which gives grants of up to £250,000 for projects in England’s AONBs and National Parks.
We recommend you submit an enquiry to find out how this funding could support your project – visit the page and get started.
What projects does Sussex Lund 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.
New for 2022
Sussex Lund will now also support projects that improve people’s experience of the High Weald and nature where they live so that residents and visitors:
- Develop long lasting connections to the landscape
- Have a better knowledge and understanding of the landscape and nature; and
- Take action to improve and celebrate the landscape and to share its benefits and special qualities.
Particular weight will be given to projects that support young people, new residents in the area, visitors and those living in poverty – including ‘nature poverty’.
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) and the hamlets, villages and towns on its fringes. Project locations could include churchyards, school grounds, recreation areas and roadside verges. View a map of the High Weald AONB boundary..
Who do we support?
Sussex Lund is open to community groups, schools, churches, parish councils, charities, and other not-for-profit organisations. If you’re 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.
This year Sussex Lund is working in partnership with national charity, Plantlife, to offer free advice and support to applicants seeking funds for wildflower meadow restoration and creation projects. Plantlife can produce a management plan and help with project implementation if your grant application is successful.
Sussex Lund is a collaboration between the High Weald AONB Partnership and Lund Trust a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.
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 organisations (eg, community groups, charities, parish councils).
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?
Sussex Lund opens for applications in April 2022 and closes in July. The Sussex Lund Grants Panel meets to consider applications in October and we will tell you the Panel’s decision by the end of October 2022.
How do I apply?
It is essential that all potential applicants contact the High Weald team for informal advice about the suitability of your project and how to submit a strong application that meets the Sussex Lund criteria. If you think you may have a project for this year, please complete our enquiry form to register your interest and sign up to one of our events (see above). We will send out application forms to all potential applicants once the scheme opens in April.
Looking for project inspiration?
Watch our videos to hear about the work of successful grant applicants:
Or use the interactive map below to view details of projects funded by Sussex Lund from 2017-2020; each pin provides a pop-up with more information about the project (for best results, hover over the 'view larger map' button in the top right-hand corner and click).
Or you can view the annual grant summaries:
pdf Sussex Lund Grant Summary - 2021 (170 KB)
pdf Sussex Lund Grant Summary - 2020 (153 KB)
pdf Sussex Lund Grant Summary - 2019 (149 KB)
pdf Sussex Lund Grant Summary - 2018 (254 KB)
pdf Sussex Lund Grant Summary - 2017 (241 KB)