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Funding Opportunities

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.

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.

 

 

Neighbourhoods Green is a national partnership supported by Design Council Cabe, Groundwork, the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the Landscape Institute, the National Housing Federation, Natural England, the Royal Horticultural Society and the Wildlife Trusts.
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