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Making it Local

Making it Local (MiL) is a community led European funding programme centred around the Blackdown Hills and East Devon AONBs along with surrounding parishes and market towns. It follows on from the predecessor  Making it Local programme that ran between 2008 -13.  The programme has secured £1.46m funding from Defra which will now run to December 2020.

The emphasis of the next programme has shifted more towards growing the rural economy, therefore grants will be allocated to businesses and organisations that demonstrate they will help strengthen economic vitality within the MIL area. The following sectors will be covered in the next programme:

  • Farming 
  • Forestry
  • Heritage & Culture
  • Microbusinesses
  • Rural Services
  • Tourism 

The grant is open for applications now. The AONB Team (through Chris Woodruff) can advise on applications.  See the Making it Local site website for details. 

Making it Local has supported woodland management days, woodfuel sector and local woodland associations


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East Devon AONB Partnership
Kennaway House
Coburg Road, Sidmouth
EX10 8NG

Tel: 01404 46663

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About Us

In England and Wales, our finest landscapes have been conserved through designation as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty AONB

The East Devon AONB was designated in 1963 and is one of 46 AONBs across the UK. A National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty exists to provide general information about AONBs

The South West Protected Landscapes Forum also exists to provide information and a regional voice for the 14 Protected Landscapes that together make up 38% of the South West of England.

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