Grants of up to £5,000 are available to community groups in England and Wales to create a garden or similar project (such as an allotment) with a horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community.
These projects should aim to bring a community together by being a space people can share, by the acquisition and sharing of gardening knowledge and skills and by inspiring a love of gardening.
Funding could cover, for example site preparation (including hire of small mechanical tools such as rotavators), hand tools, plants, trees, shrubs, containers and seating.
The funding is being made available through the National Garden Scheme Community Gardens Award. Applications for funding are considered in February each year and the closing date for applications is 31 December of the preceding year.
Previous projects supported include:
- Echo – Leominster – Horticulture for those with physical, sensory or mental health needs. (Grant awarded - £2,667)
- Ashley Vale Action Group – Bristol – To create a community garden. (Grant awarded - £2,785)
- Kyra Women’s Project – York – to create a sensory garden for Women experiencing loneliness or in crisis. (Grant awarded -£800)
- St Ann’s Allotments – Nottingham -To renovate dilapidated allotments. (Grant awarded -£2,000)