Who can apply and how

Who can apply?

Only Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnerships or National Park Authorities can submit applications. However, applications can be developed by anyone. Contact the AONB or National Park authority in your area of interest in the first instance in order to discuss any ideas you may have for a project that could be funded by the Landscape Enhancement Initiative.

Each AONB or National Park can have a maximum of three applications live at any one time, to ensure that all organisations have a fair chance to earn an award.

How will the AONB Partnerships or National Park Authorities be involved?

The AONB Partnerships or National Park Authorities will normally be involved in:

  • working with National Grid to help in the promotion of the LEI and assisting in the identification of possible projects 
  • advising local groups, communities or others on the development of proposals and applications 
  • overseeing the implementation and ongoing maintenance/management of approved projects to ensure that money is well spent, objectives are met and quality is maintained 
  • monitoring and evaluating the benefits of the funded projects over time 
  • working with the LEI team to publicise projects at a local (and potentially national) level to demonstrate partnership working and promote best practice and lessons learned 

Projects that only benefit private property or private individuals will not be considered.

Further information is available on what kind of project can be funded.

Only projects based in the following locations are eligible:

AONBs with National Grid transmission lines running through:

  • Anglesey,   
  • Blackdown Hills,   
  • Cannock Chase,   
  • Chilterns,   
  • Clwydian Range & Dee Valley,   
  • Cornwall,   
  • Cotswolds,   
  • Cranbourne Chase and West Wiltshire,   
  • Dedham Vale,  Dorset,   
  • Forest of Bowland,   
  • High Weald,   
  • Kent Downs,   
  • North Wessex Downs,   
  • Shropshire Hills,   
  • Solway Coast,   
  • Suffolk Coast and Heaths,   
  • Tamar Valley 

National Parks with National Grid transmission lines running through:

  • Brecon Beacons,
  • Lake District,
  • New Forest,  
  • North York Moors,
  • Peak District,
  • Snowdonia,
  • South Downs   

In addition, we will consider the following areas where the setting of the AONB or National Park is affected by National Grid transmission line.

These areas were included in the original landscape assessment:

Additional AONBs that will be considered under the Visual Impact Provision: Howardian Hills, Quantocks

National Parks that will be considered under the Visual Impact Provision: Northumberland,  Pembrokeshire Coast.


Window 2 for Expression of Interest is now closed with window 3 now open with it closing Thursday 31st August 2017.

National Grid is inviting applications from AONB Partnerships and National Park Authorities for projects that can deliver reduced visual impacts and landscape enhancements within these protected landscapes.

The online process is simple, streamlined and expert help is available to all applicants.

When you click on the ‘Apply’ link you will be directed to some Eligibility Questions, which will identify if your project is eligible for consideration. You will then be able to complete the ‘Expression of Interest’, which is a short application. This will be assessed by the LEI team and if your project is deemed suitable you will be invited to complete a full application form.

You are encouraged to submit your Expression of Interest as soon as possible because in the event that too many Expressions of Interest are received we may need to close the application window early.


How the process works

Click here to see a diagram showing how the three stage application process works in more detail.

There are two application windows per year.

The first window was from 3rd May and closes on 30th May 2016.

The second window was from 3rd October and closes on 31st October 2016.

An application can consist of more than one project (developed by communities or other organisations and groups) into potential funding packages. It should demonstrate the active involvement of wider stakeholders and/or the local community.

Apply now

Click here for further guidance on completing the application form.

If you have carefully read our guidelines and would like to apply please click here.

We ask that all expressions of interest are submitted using our online application. However, you can access a Word version of the form here, which might be helpful when drafting and planning your application.

This form is to be used as a method of preparation for your full online submission. Only online applications will be considered as complete.

Post submission