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Funding Opportunities

Fund Finding Tool

The best source of information on funding for green and external space projects is the Green Space Fund Search tool. This interactive tool allows you to search for funds by type, size and geographic location. To access the tool, click here.

Key Sources

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. You can apply for up to £50,000 for projects that improve community facilities and enhance biodiversity through the Main Grants programme, up to £5,000 to improve local amenities and encourage wildlife through the Small Grants programme and up to £500,000 for regional projects to improve biodiversity or cultural facilities through the Flagship grants. Apply now

Big Lottery - Awards for All. A simple small grants scheme making awards of between £300 and £10,000. The programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. The application form is short and simple, and you will find out if you are successful within six weeks. Apply Now

Big Lottery - Reaching Communities. Projects can be new or existing, or be the core work of your organisation. The programme has two strands:

  • revenue and small capital – funding from £10,000 to £500,000 for revenue projects and/or smaller capital projects up to £50,000 
  • buildings – funding of between £100,000 and £500,000 for large capital projects 

Capital Growth - A partnership between Local Food, London Food Link and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Capital Growth that offers practical help, grants, training and support to groups wanting to establish community food growing projects as well as advice to landowners. For further information and to begin the application process please go to the Capital Growth website. Apply now

Community First Funding - An £80m government-funded initiative that will run for four years, until March 2015. The programme will help communities come together to identify their strengths and local priorities in order to plan for their future and become more resilient. It will fund both new and existing community groups. Community First consists of two elements:

  • a £30m Neighbourhood Matched Fund programme for some of the most deprived areas in the country and;
  • a national £50m Endowment Match Challenge. 

Community Land Trust (CLT) Funding - Funding for setting up CLTs, non-profit, community-based organisations run by volunteers that develop housing, workspaces, community facilities or other assets that meet the needs of the community, are owned and controlled by the community and are made available at permanently affordable levels

Elspeth Thompson Fund - The National Gardens Scheme and the RHS are inviting amateur gardeners across England and Walers to apply for funds to support their community projects. Last year £14,000 was awarded across 6 projects. Applications must be submitted by 31 December 2013. To apply, email ngsbursary@rhs.org.uk or call 01483 479 719

Enhancing Communities Programme (UK) - Under the Sita Trust’s Enhancing Communities Programme grants of up to £60,000 are available to not for profit organisations, community groups, parish councils, local authorities and charities for projects that make physical improvements to community facilities. There are 70 qualifying SITA UK waste treatment sites included in the programme and new funding opportunities for communities in Avon, East Anglia, Kent, London, and Yorkshire. SITA will accept applications from projects which are within 3 miles of qualifying SITA UK waste processing sites.

The next closing date for applications is the 6th January 2014 for the Fast Track Fund scheme and the 25th November 2013 for the Core Fund. Apply Now.

Esmee Fairbain Foundation Food Strand - Support work which demonstrates the important role food plays in wellbeing and that connects people to the food that they eat.  The strand will support work which, amongst other areas, builds links between community groups, producers and retailers as well as improving people's understanding of the impact good food can have on wellbeing. The Strand is open to both large-scale strategic interventions and innovative local work. Its budget is £5 million over three years, from January 2013 although it may be extended for a further two years pending a review during 2015.

European Funding Programmes - A searchable database of 450 EU and other European funding sources for projects of all kinds. Funding covers every area of EU support available so not all sources are relevant to social landlords however there are a number of sources which do directly relate to areas of work.

Grow Wild - £500 - £5,000 from Kew Gardens for local groups and organisations across the UK to come forward with exciting and inspirational ideas to give neglected and uncared-for sites and spaces a new lease of life. 

Heritage Lottery Fund - Parks for People. Grants of £250,000 - £5million to regenerate parks and green space. Has been used to regenerate housing green space.

Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) – Average grant is £25,000-£40,000, however, in very exceptional circumstances £100,000 can be obtained. LCF supports aims to enhance play areas, restore footpaths and green spaces and protect natural habitats and improve community halls. To find out more click here.

LIFE+ - Total funding for the UK is €9million. LIFE+ is the EU’s main fund for supporting environmental projects involved with nature and biodiversity, environmental policy and governance and information and communication. Deadlines for applicants to send proposals to member state authorities is September 2012. Apply now.

Neighbourhood Planning Support - Design Council Cabe offer ´╗┐´╗┐free support to community groups working with local authorities in England who are involved in neighbourhood planning. This support is free to groups working in local authority areas that have been given front runner funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government. Find out more.

People's Health Trust. Grants programme to fund eligible health related projects in local areas. The programme aims to help local communities throughout England, Scotland and Wales live longer healthier lives by supporting projects that tackle the early causes of ill health. Apply now 

Power to Change - Power to Change is a new initiative set up by the Big Lottery Fund which will invest up to £150 million to support the development of sustainable community-led enterprises across England. Find out more...

SITA – Support available for community and environmental improvement projects through the Landfill Communities Fund. Organisations can apply for up to £50,000 for physical improvement projects through the Enhancing Communities strand, up to £120,000 for projects that protect species and create wildlife habitats through the Enriching Nature strand and up to £10,000 for projects that involve young people in transforming community amenities and green spaces through the Young Person Volunteering strand. Apply now

Transform - £5 - £50,000 for community groups to transform unused, neglected and uninspiring sites throughout the Olympic Boroughs (Hackney, TH, WF, Greenwich, Newham and Barking and Dagenham) into community spaces, food growing sites, community gardens, play spaces, community arts areas. Apply now

WREN- Supports community, heritage and environmental projects close to landfill sites. Small grant programmes offer £2,000-£15,000 and Main grant programmes offer £15,000-£50,000. Eligible organisations are environmental, voluntary, charitable, not-for-profit, and community groups. There are three funding rounds that have deadlines in May, August, and November. Deadlines vary for different areas, to check deadlines for your area and find out more click here.



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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