Funding & Support

Key Sources

Here you'll find links to some of the key funding sources for green space projects in the UK. Have a look at our case studies for practical examples of some of the amazing work that's already been achieved using these funds.

Funding

Biffaward - A multi million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to environmental and community projects across the UK. Funding is provided to community projects under four themes: rebuilding biodiversity, community buildings, cultural facilities and recreation. You can apply for up to £50,000 for projects that improve community facilities and enhance biodiversity through the Main Grants programme, and up to £10,000 to improve local amenities and encourage wildlife through the Small Grants programme. Find out more and apply now.

Big Lottery Fund: Awards for All - A quick and easy way to apply for small grants of between £300 and £10,000. Applicants should find out if they’ve been successful within 8 weeks. The programme will fund a wide range of community projects aimed at addressing issues, needs and aspirations of local communities and people.  Find out more and apply now.

Big Lottery Fund: Reaching Communities - A significant £150 million fund for projects that help people and communities most in need. There are two strands to the fund. Revenue projects can apply for upwards of £10,000 with no maximum amount, and funding can last for up to five years. Land and building projects can apply for between £10,000 and £100,000. Find out more and apply now.

Big Lottery Fund: Power to Change - A £150 million fund to provide grants and practical support to encourage new community businesses to start and enable existing ones to grow and become more self-sustaining. Aims to raise awareness of the valuable social, economic and environmental benefits that community businesses deliver. Includes various funding programmes to help community businesses at different stages in their development. Find out more and apply now.

Community Land Trust - Provide specialist funding, support and technical advice for setting up community land trusts. These are non-profit, community-based organisations run by volunteers that develop housing, workspaces, community facilities or other assets that meet the needs of the community. They are owned and controlled by the community and are made available at permanently affordable levels. Find out more.

Elspeth Thompson Bursary - The National Gardens Scheme offers funding to support community gardening projects. Projects must be open to everyone and should be aimed at bringing the community together by the sharing and acquiring of horticultural knowledge and skills, and by inspiring a love of gardening across all age groups. Bursaries generally range between £1,000 and £3,500. Find out more and apply now.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Food Strand - A fund to support work which demonstrates the important role food plays in wellbeing and that connects people to the food that they eat. Particular priorities are projects that demonstrate innovative local approaches to food production and consumption; projects that improve people’s understanding of the role of food in their lives and the impact it can have on personal and community well-being; and projects that work towards creating a more coherent food sector. Grant amounts vary depending on the individual project. Find out more and apply now.

European Funding Programmes - A searchable database of over 800 EU subsidies for projects of all kinds. Funding covers every area of EU support available so not all sources will be relevant but the database is searchable by theme, organisation type and region to enable organisations to find funding related to their area of work. Find out more and search the database.

Grow Wild - Grants of between £1,000 and £4,000 for community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing native plants. Grow Wild can also provide free seed kits to help people transform local spaces into beautiful, inspiring and colourful wild flower havens. Find out more.

Heritage Lottery Fund: Parks for People - Provides funding to help conserve historic public parks and cemeteries, and bring benefits to the local community. Grants are available from £100,000 to £5 million. Funds have previously been used to transform and regenerate housing green space. Find out more and apply now.

Landfill Communities Fund - A scheme enabling operators of landfill sites to contribute funds for projects that create significant environment benefits or jobs, and which improve the lives of communities living near landfill sites. Most applications will be made through Environmental Bodies although it may also be possible to approach the landfill operator directly. Find out more.

LIFE Programme - This is the EU’s main fund for supporting environmental projects involved with nature and biodiversity, environmental policy and governance and information and communication. Applications can be made under either the environment or the climate action sub-programmes. Find out more and apply now.

People's Health Trust - Provide grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 for community groups and not-for-profit organisations through the Active Communities funding programme. They fund small and local projects, designed and run by local people to help them make their communities even better places to live. Find out more and apply now.

SITA Trust - Funding is available for projects that make physical improvements to community leisure facilities and historic buildings or structures in qualifying areas. Grants of up to £50,000 are available through the primary fund, and grants of up to £20,000 are available through the smaller projects fund. Find out more and apply now.

WREN - A variety of funding programmes are available that can fund the provision of public parks and other amenities in specific areas, depending on the particular programme. Primarily supports community, heritage and environmental projects close to landfill sites. Find out more.

Partners

Design Council Cabe

CABE Space works to bring excellence to the design and management of parks and open space in towns and cities. Decent Homes Need Decent Spaces is led by CABE and the National Housing Federation with support from social landlords and associated organisations across the country.

Green Flag Plus Partnership

Green Flag Plus Partnership coordinate the The Green Flag Award Scheme, which provides a national benchmark for the best green spaces in the country. Through the partnership, Neighbourhoods Green will be developing guidance for social landlords about Green Flag for housing.

Groundwork

Groundwork is an environmental regeneration charity that changes places and changes lives around the UK. Groundwork’s track record of empowering communities to improve open spaces makes them a key partner in the Neighbourhoods Green Initiative

The Landscape Institute

The Landscape Institute is the Royal Chartered body for landscape architects; professionals who inspire people to expect the best from the natural and built environments.

Natural England

Natural England works for people, places and nature to conserve and enhance biodiversity, landscapes and wildlife in rural, urban, coastal and marine areas. As part of the Neighbourhoods Green initiative, Natural England are developing a mapping tool to determine the extent and quality of open space owned and managed by social landlords.

Royal Horticultural Society

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is the UK's leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. Anyone with an interest in gardening can enjoy the benefits of RHS Membership and help us to secure a healthy future for gardening.

The National Housing Federation

The National Housing Federation is the voice of affordable housing in England. They represent over 1,000 housing associations and campaign for better housing. The National Housing Federation works with the Neighbourhoods Green partners to support and promote the work that housing associations do to provide good quality green space in neighbourhoods.

The Wildlife Trusts

The Wildlife Trusts is a partnership of 47 local wildlife trusts which constitute the UK’s largest voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK's habitats and species. The London Wildlife Trust is coordinating the delivery of the Natural Estates project which is working with nine registered social landlords in London over three years to bring about estate based interventions that promote biodiversity.

Steering group

The project leaders are supported by a steering group comprising representatives from the social housing sector and various open space sector partners. The group meets regularly to direct, oversee and manage the project's delivery and includes representation from Circle 33Great Places Housing GroupHelena HomesLB Hammersmith & FulhamMedina HousingNew Charter Housing TrustNotting Hill HousingPeabody TrustSanctuary HousingPlaces for PeopleRegenda Group, and Wakefield & District Housing.