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Following Government advice to stay safe and protect the NHS, we are working hard to continue to deliver for you. Find information here on how to enjoy the National Park virtually, and how our services are operating during this time.

COVID-19 Recovery Fund

COVID-19 Recovery Fund

A COVID-19 Recovery Fund of £375,000 has been approved by the South Downs National Park Authority to help support local communities and step up the National Park’s role as a ‘natural health service’.

The funding has been split into five priority themes:

  1. Landscape and Biodiversity
  2. Cultural Heritage
  3. Sustainable Access
  4. Connecting People and Communities
  5. Economy and Tourism

An additional, smaller amount going towards engaging more people with the National Park during this unprecedented time. These priority themes together deliver on the two statutory Purposes of the National Park as set by Government:

  • Purpose 1: To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area.
  • Purpose 2: To promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public.

To apply for the funds, applications should use the following:

Completed forms should be sent to

Funds will be disbursed through the Authority’s existing project allocation mechanisms – Theme Programme Boards. Each board will receive an additional £70,000 to help support projects. A further £25,000 has been allocated to help increase engagement with the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Certain projects may be prioritised for funding support, such as those helping partner organisations with under 49 employees or those partners not receiving other emergency funding.

Priority will also be given to those projects that help deliver the National Park’s Partnership Management Plan 2020-2025, which includes outcomes around wildlife recovery, enabling more young people to access the National Park and making the National Park a better home for both people and nature.


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