Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (formally known as the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), provides the largest financial contribution to DVLPS of £2.1 million. This was following a successful bid submission through its two-stage Landscape Partnership Scheme fund in October 2017.

“We believe that understanding, valuing and sharing our heritage brings people together, inspires pride in communities and boosts investment in local economies.” (Heritage Fund, 2019)

European funding – Interreg

DVLPS has successfully secured European funding for four projects:

  • SCAPE – water resource management in the Lower Darent Valley (Sevenoaks – River Thames, Dartford)
  • TRIPLE-C – water resource management in the Upper Darent Valley (Westerham – Sevenoaks)
  • ICARES – remote sensing (project completed)
  • EXPERIENCE – experiential tourism

Other funding

DVLP has secured financial contributions from a range of other sources including:

  • Highways England Environment Designated Fund
  • Local Authority Contributions – Kent County Council, Dartford Borough Council and Sevenoaks District Council
  • Parish Council contributions
  • Kent Wildlife Trust
  • North Downs Way National Trail
  • Innocent Drinks
  • Southeastern Trains
  • Landowner contributions
  • In kind contributions from UK Power Networks and the University of Winchester among others provide a valuable part of the scheme, as does volunteer time of local people to help deliver DVLP projects.

Co-financed by the European Union and the European Regional Development Fund