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Enhancement Projects

Mend the Gap has £3,000,000 for Enhancement Projects within the programme area

Enhancement projects and schemes will compensate for the unmitigated visual harm done to the AONBs by the electrification of the Great Western mainline.

The types of projects that may be supported through the scheme include those that bring about benefits for:

  • Landscape
  • Nature and biodiversity
  • Access, engagement and understanding
  • Heritage
  • Sustainable tourism & the local economy

More details about these areas of interest and the criteria for Enhancement Projects can be found here.

In addition, projects should contribute towards the Mend the Gap vision:

“The outstanding landscape that links the Chilterns and the North Wessex Downs will be enhanced and enriched for wildlife, residents and visitors, helping to heal and soften the scars left by electrification of the Great Western main line.”

 and should be aligned with one or both of the statutory purposes of the AONBs:

  • To conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the AONBs.
  • To increase the understanding and enjoyment by the public of the special qualities of the AONBs

For more information about the criteria for Enhancement Projects, please click here.

Mend the Gap is interested in hearing from organisations and individuals who share some of the programme’s objectives, who may already be making a difference within the programme area and/or the AONBs.

Contact us if you would like to know more or to discuss a possible Enhancement Project.

Jo Watson, Mend the Gap Programme Manager
jwatson@chilternsaonb.org
07388 998713

Is Mend the Gap a grant scheme?

Mend the Gap is not a grant scheme as such but seeks to identify and support projects that will contribute towards meeting the programme’s overall vision. There are several ways in which Mend the Gap may fund activities:

In some cases Mend the Gap may award funding to another organisation, in which case that organisation will act independently making its own decisions, within an agreed framework, as to how best to deliver the intended outputs and outcomes. 

Alternatively, an external organisation may be commissioned to deliver a project on behalf of the programme, in which case this would be delivered under a contract.

Some projects may be delivered in partnership and under the terms of a partnership agreement.

There may also be instances where one or both of the AONBs may deliver a project in-house.

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