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Funding for School and Community Gardens


There are a number of bodies, including local borough and county councils, which
you can approach for funding. Large horticultural organisations and seed companies
also have an educational remit and will often supply things free of charge. Here are
the addresses of a few organisations you may wish to try:

Big Lottery Fund


Offers funding for charities and the voluntary
sector and health, education and the
Head Office environment, but will also take on the
1 Plough Place Millennium Commission's ability to fund large-
London EC4A 1DE scale regenerative projects. Also offers funding
for community transformation, from smaller
grants at local level through to big capital
Tel. 020 7211 1800
projects, intended to regenerate and revitalise
Fax. 020 7211 1750 communities.

e-mail: general.enquiries@biglotteryfund.org.uk
Website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/programmes

Awards for All


Awards for All is a grants programme set up to
Tel. 0845 600 2040
help small groups and local communities. It is
supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the
NOTE: Regional Contact details are Arts Council of England, Sport England, the
available on the following website: New Opportunities Fund and the Community
Fund.
Grants are offered between £500 - £5000
Website: www.awardsforall.org.uk
Learning Through Landscapes
3rd Floor – Southside Offices
The Law Courts Learning through Landscapes (LTL) is the
National School Grounds Charity.
Winchester Join LTL (£55) to access specialist advice and
SO23 9DL support, the latest resources, case study
information and to find out more about funding
Tel. 01962 846258 opportunities for greener school grounds
e-mail: schoolgrounds-uk@ltl.org.uk projects.
Website : www.ltl.org.uk

Volvo Eco Adventure The Volvo Eco Adventure is an award scheme


for young environmentalists. The scheme
provides grants of £500 to young people aged
Fast Track 10-16 who are involved in local environmental
21 Dartmouth Street activities.
London
Ten annual awards of £500 are available to
SW1H 9BP
help fund environmental projects run by young
people through schools, youth groups, wildlife
Tel: 020 7593 5278 watch or community groups. Projects can focus
Fax: 020 7593 5201 on one of the following areas: Biodiversity,
e-mail: volvoawards@fstrk.com Energy, Transport, Water or Waste and
Recycling.
Website : www.volvocars.co.uk/ecoadventure

The best project in each category will be granted an award of £500 and five additional awards of £500
are available for projects which address any environmental issue. The overall winning group will be
entered into the international Volvo Adventure:
This includes:
An all expenses paid trip to Gothenburg for five young people and two adults to the global Volvo
Adventure Conference for young environmentalists in 2006, in association with the United Nations
Environment Programme.
A chance to compete against other young environmentalists from around the world for an international
award of $10,000, $6000 or $4000 to fund environmental activities.
The runner up group will be visited by TV presenter and wildlife journalist, Chris Packham.

Yellow Pages UK Sculpture Competition


School judged as building the best sculpture
Tel. 0800 671444 / 0238 0236806 out of old Yellow Pages directories will win a
computer and a digital video camcorder, and
e-mail: yellow.woods@yellgroup.com the offer of having their sculpture recreated in
Website : www.yellow-woods.co.uk wood. Runners-up receive trees to plant in the
school grounds from the Woodland Trust.

Entries by 9th September 2005


Yellow Wood Recycling
The Yellow Pages Directory Recycling Scheme
awards cash prizes of £300 - £100 to schools
Tel. 0800 671444 / 0238 0236806 that collect the most used directories for
e-mail: yellow.woods@yellgroup.com recycling. Prizes also include certificates and
Website : www.yellow-woods.co.uk stickers.

Alan Titchmarsh’s Gardens for Schools


Alan Titchmarsh’s Gardens for Schools was
Unit 1 Lower Wharf established in 2001 to help primary schools
Wallbridge with funding for garden and wildlife projects.
Stroud
Gloucestershire Financed entirely by Alan himself, and
GL5 3JT administered by his wife Alison and a small
team of voluntary helpers, GFS grants have so
far been awarded in 2002 and 2004. This year
Tel: 01453 758 466 84 schools received sums up to £500, taking
Fax: 01453 756 559 the total number of GFS-funded school gardens
to 171.
Website : www.alantitchmarsh.com
Details of the timings of future awards will be
posted on the website.
Next awards due in 2006. Please do not
contact for information or application forms
until this time.

BTCV’s ‘People Places Award Scheme’


Julie Webster – Award Scheme Manager
This scheme awards between £3,000 and
BTCV £10,000 to community groups of volunteers
36 St. Mary’s Street who are creating or improving an
Wallingford environmental community resource. Areas of
Oxfordshire deprivation and disadvantaged groups are
OX10 0EU particularly eligible.

NOTE: The scheme has reached its limit for


Tel: 01491 821621 awards at this time. For information on
E-mail: peoples-places@btcv.org.uk future schemes please telephone or e-mail.

Website : www.btcv.org/ppawards
English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS)
Run by the Forestry Commission, this scheme
offers grants to help with the creation of new
woodlands and to encourage the good
E-mail: enquiries@forestry.gsi.gov.uk management and regeneration of existing
woodlands.
Website : www.Forestry.gov.uk All woodlands and forests can be considered
for grants under the EWGS. However, areas of
trees too small or narrow to be thought of as
woodlands will not be eligible. Normally the
woodland would have to be a quarter of a
hectare in area and at least 15 metres wide, but
smaller woods may be eligible if the aims of
the scheme are met.

SITA Trust’s Enriching Nature Programme


SITA Trust
The Barn Biodiversity action plans have identified that
the priorities are for wildlife and habitats in the
Brinkmarsh Lane UK – funding from SITA Trust will help some
Falfield of these much needed projects to get started.
South Gloucestershire Two funds exist:
GL12 8PT
Large Projects: up to £175,000, which help to
achieve both national and regional biodiversity
Tel: 01454 262910 targets and actions for UK habitats and species
Fax: 01454 269090
E-mail: sita.trust@sita.co.uk Small Projects: up to £25,000 (overall project
including other funding sources not to exceed
Website : www.sitatrust.org.uk £50,000) which will ideally address national
and regional issues, although local priorities
will also be considered.

The Association of Gardens Trusts

Tel: 020 7251 2610 The Association of Gardens Trusts exist in a


great many counties in the UK. Some are
heavily involved in education and offer grants
Website : www.gardenstrusts.org.uk (typically £100 - £300) to schools for school
garden projects. To find the details of the
Gardens Trust for your particular county,
please visit the National Association of
Gardens Trusts website opposite.
Funding also helps local groups to improve
open spaces – for further information call:
0118 7251 2610
REEP Garden Awards (Religious Education &
Environment Programme)
17 Allan House
55 Saffron Hill Awards are open to schools in England,
Scotland and Wales. The task is to design a
London
garden that reflects spiritual and community
EL1N 8QX values and to submit the design using ICT.
Awards are for at least £500. Overall prize of
Tel & Fax: 0207 404 6859 £1000 and the special REEP/ACE award,
or worth £3000 for an artist working with a school
and incorporating text in a garden.
Tel. Elizabeth Brooker 0118 984 1490
E-mail: gardenawards@reep.org

Website : www.reep.org

ALCAN (Aluminium Can Recycling)


Operates a number of recycling activities –
through post, website, from supermarket
Tel: 0800 262 465 collection centres, or by direct collection from
schools. From 40 p/kg (60 cans) to 50p/kg in
Website : www.cashforcans.co.uk bulk. Operates reward scheme for recycling
various amounts.

Action Earth (CSV Environment)


Grants to support action to benefit the
Tel: 0121 328 7455 environment. Can include the cost of tools and
E-mail: naseem@csvenvironment.org.uk materials.

Fones4schools
Newbridge House
Henderson Street
Recycles unwanted mobile phones. Initial
Macclesfield donation up to £1,000, plus performance
Cheshire related awards up to £10,000. Provides free
SK11 6RA promotional and educational material, plus
individual pupil packs and competitions.
Tel: 01625 667 867 A limited number of schools may participate.
E-mail: enquiries@fones4schools.co.uk

Website : www.fones4schools.co.uk
Watermark Award (Wessex Water)
Website : www.wessexwater.co.uk/watermark A grant scheme, launched in 1993, to help fund
environmental projects in the Wessex Water
Region (Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol, Dorset
and customers of Wessex Water in Hampshire
and Gloucestershire). Grants are from £100 to
£1,500, awarded quarterly. One gold award of
£2,500 for a special project will be awarded
each quarter. Emergency grants are available.

B&Q – Better Neighbour Grant


Website :
http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/aboutbandq/social_responsibility/BETTERNE.PDF

To apply for a Better Neighbour Grant contact the Environment Champion or the Duty Manager at your
nearest B&Q store. To find you’re nearest store, please check www.diy.com
B&Q are able to provide materials such as timber, gardening products, plants etc valued between £50
and £500 for community projects.

B&Q – You Can Do It Community Awards


Website : www.diy.com/awards

B&Q offer help to twenty local groups, organisations or charities, also youth groups, with £5000 worth
of B&Q products, for projects which make a real difference to their premises or community project.

Deadline for 2005 entries now closed. Please check website for future updates of 2006 Awards.
Conservation Foundation

B&Q – Waste Donation Programme


End-of-product range is given away rather than disposed of. Stores keep a register of interested groups.
Please apply to your store in a 20-mile radius.
The Conservation Foundation
1 Kensington Gore
London Environmental award schemes of all kinds.
SW7 2AR Parish Pump Primary Awards for those who
have identified a local environmental project in
need of funding. ‘Parish Pumps’ are people
Tel: 020 7591 3111 who are involved in local community &
E-mail: info@conservationfoundation.co.uk environmental issues. Become a ‘Parish Pump’
by contacting the Foundation.
Website : www.conservationfoundation.co.uk

Neighbourhood Renewal Community Chest


Programme
Small grants up to £5,000 are available for
projects based in Hackney. The main criteria
Jake at Hackney Council - Voluntary Services are that the project must be local, contribute to
Tel: 020 7923 1962 regeneration and give value for money.

Jenny Wood Environmental Trust


c/o Susan Wood
This small trust has provided grants to support
36 Oak Village school projects across the country, with
London successful applications focusing on tree
NW5 4QN planting, butterfly and sensory gardens.

Barclays New Futures Barclays New Futures is the UK's largest


Awards Management education sponsorship, presented in
Kallaway Ltd collaboration with CSV (Community Service
2 Portland Road Volunteers)
Holland Park
London Barclays New Futures has more than £1 million
in cash awards, educational resources, training
W11 4LA materials and support for secondary school
projects, where students are tackling social,
community or educational challenges through
Tel. 020 7221 7883 school/community partnerships.
FAX: 020 7229 4595
Barclays New Futures offers three types of
award:
Website: www.barclaysnewfutures.co.uk
• Individual School Awards of £5,000
NOTE: Website contains contact details for • Partnership Awards of £10,000
local areas • Challenge Award for Citizenship
£20,000
Transco Grassroots Environmental Action
Scheme
West Area Office This scheme offers money for planned
conservation and environmental projects and is
Transco Grassroots open to secondary and middle schools,
Isca House conservation charities and community groups.
Haven Road The work to be undertaken should protect,
Exeter EX2 8DS enhance or restore a natural feature or habitat
or create a new environmental amenity.
Tel. 01392 849273

School Environment Awards in Norfolk


West Norfolk Professional Development Norfolk County Council is granting awards to
projects that bring direct environmental
Kilham’s Way benefits to their schools. Awards in the
Kings Lynn following categories with individual prizes in
Norfolk each:
PE30 2HH • Energy/Water
• Food/Health
• Transport
Tel. 01553 766872 • Global/Community Citizenship
• Waste
Website: www.norfolkesinet.org.uk • Grounds
Also offers an Environmental Education
Service and School Support

Closing date for 2005 entries now closed.

NCPTA School Grounds Awards


18 Saint Johns Hill The National Confederation of Parent Teacher
Sevenoaks Associations awards £2000 each term for
Kent school grounds projects as well as ‘Outstanding
TN13 3NP Achievement Awards’ of £1500 each term to
PTA’s who have excelled in a variety of PTA
activities.
Tel. 01732 748850

Website: www.ncpta.org.uk/cashawards/
HELP Yourselves
Over the next three years British Gas and Save
the Children hope to fund 300 unique projects
Anne Carey
that make a real difference to the places where
Save the Children young people live, play and socialise. Grants
5th Floor offered will range between £250 and £1,000 for
Hawthorns House small community projects that have been
Halfords Lane planned and managed by young people.
Smethwick
7th October 2005 is the next closing date for
West Midlands B66 1BB
applications

E-mail: helpyourselves@savethechildren.org.uk

Website: www.helpyourselves.org.uk

Shout About Climate Change!


Friends of the Earth
Create an A2 poster on the theme ‘What Can
We Do About Climate Change’.
Friends of the Earth
56-58 Alma Street Use a slogan of up to 20 words to get the
message across but no words are necessary.
Luton
LU1 2PH
One entry per class per school. Entries must
reach Friends of the Earth by 18th November
E-mail: info@foe.co.uk 2005.

Website: www.foe.co.uk Winning class will receive a digital camera as a


prize and their poster will appear on the cover
of Eathermatters.

Practical Funding for Schools


Practical Funding for Schools Offers information on specific garden projects
Step Forward Publishing and methods of receiving funds to its
25 Cross Street development via becoming a member.
Leamington Spa
Membership for 11 issues of the magazine
CU32 4PX
costs £49.50 per year.

Tel. 01926 420046 A sample of the magazine can be downloaded


Fax: 01926 420042 from the website

Website : www.practicalfunding.com
Duchy Originals HDRA Organic Gardens for
Schools
Offers wide range of information for schools
Ryton Organic Gardens undertaking garden projects.
Covenrty
Warks Become a member of the mailing list to receive
CV8 3LG useful information and updates.

Tel. 024 7630 8238

E-mail: enquiry@schoolsorganic.net

Website : www.hdra.org.uk/schools_organic_network/index.php

BBC Children In Need


Whilst BBC Children in Need will fund
schools that are registered charities, you should
be aware that the focus is on benefiting
children disadvantaged by mental/physical or
Website: www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey sensory disabilities; behavioural or
psychological problems; living in poverty or
situations of deprivation; illness, distress, abuse
or neglect.

Your project may be eligible, so its always


useful to search the website for up-to-date
information.

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation


Grants awarded to charitable organisations for
a range of projects including environmental
Tel. 0207 4082198 ones. Ceiling of £5,000 available, awarded on a
rolling programme.

Please call for an up-to-date copy of the


guidelines before making an application.
Biffa Small Grants Scheme
Open to any ‘not-for-profit’ community led
organisation with its own bank account. Groups
Tel. 0870 036 1000 can apply for between £250 - £5,000, although
the total cost of your project must be no more
E-mail: grants@rswt.org than £10,000.

Funding is available for Wildlife and habitat


Website : www.biffaward.org/welcome.php
conservation and creation, improving
opportunities for information education and
lifelong learning and access to sport, culture or
recreation.

Blake Shield BNA Trust Fund


Charitable trust whose objects are "to promote,
organise, carry on and encourage the education
Tel. 01536 262 977 of children and young people (including those
in schools and other organisations) in natural
E-mail: blakeshield@btopenworld.com history conservation and all other subjects
concerning the environment (including wildlife
and the natural environment) and to encourage
Website : www.bna-naturalists.org and promote their study and research into these
subjects by organising an annual competition
for the carrying out of projects by groups of
children/ young people with adult team leaders
and to award prizes at a presentation ceremony
each year and to organise and hold such a
presentation ceremony.

Please check website for up-to-date


competition information.

Black Environment Network (BEN) –


The Ethnic Minorities Award Scheme for Environmental
Projects
Offers small grants up to £500 to innovative
1st Floor 60 High Street projects, which concern the environment and
Llanberis involve people from ethnic communities.
Wales LL55 4EU
Projects which prove vital development locally
are given a priority.
Tel. & Fax : 01286 870715

E-mail: ukoffice@ben-network.org.uk

Website : www.ben-network.org
Britannia Building Society Foundation
Christine Massey
Britannia Building Society Foundation Schools within a 25-mile radius of Leek are
eligible to apply for a grant from the
Britannia House foundation.
Leek
ST13 5RG Please contact Christine Massey for further
information.
E-mail: christine.massey@britannia.co.uk

Website : www.britannia.co.uk

Cheshire Building Society


Awards made between £2,000 - £3,000, usually
about ten every year to schools and
Tel. 01625 613612 organisations in the North West. Cheshire
Foundation considers applications under £150.
E-mail: Cathy.cowell@thecheshire.co.uk
Deadlines for applications over £150 are
Website : www.thecheshire.co.uk considered on a quarterly basis in January,
April, July and October.

Continyou School Community Awards


Offices in London, Cardiff & Coventry
Please view website for postal addresses Continyou have £3000 to award to schools for
achieving excellent work with their local
Tel. 024 765 88440 community.

E-mail: info@continyou.org.uk Please note that the award is open to Continyou


members only. Membership costs £50 a year.
Website : www.continyou.org.uk

Co-op Dividend Award


Offers financial awards between £1000 -
£5,000, but in addition, because CRS celebrate
their tenth year of trading as Midlands Co-
Website : www.co-opdividend.co.uk operative Society in 2005m they are providing
give Anniversary Awards of £10,000.

Applications will be judged every three


months. Please check website for up-to-date
closing dates for applications.
Creative Partnerships
Creative Partnerships
Art Council England Funded by the National Lottery, Creative
14 Great Peter Street Partnerships provides school children across
London England with the opportunity to develop
SW1P 3NQ creativity in learning and to take part in cultural
activities of the highest quality.
Tel. – National Office – 0845 300 6200

E-mail: info@creative-partnerships.com

Website : www.creative-partnerships.com

Website contains contact information for


Local Creative Partnerships Area Offices

David Bellamy Award


The British Institute of Cleaning Science
9 Premier Court Aimed at Primary Schools – Sponsored by
Boarden Close Johnson Diversey (UK) Ltd and the British
Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc).
Moulton Park
Northampton NN3 6LF Top Award of £8000

Tel. 01604 678710 Please check website for current application


Fax: 01604 645988 information

E-mail: info@bics.org.uk

Website : www.bics.org.uk

Dulux Community Projects Scheme


Dulux Community Projects Scheme Under the Community Projects Scheme,
PO Box 343 applications can be made for free paint and up
London to £1000 towards the cost of local
WC2E 8RJ environmental projects.
The Ernest Cook Trust
The Estate Office
Fairford Park Provides small grants up to £3000 to schools
Fairford for a variety of educational work, provided it is
in addition to core work of the LEA.
Gloucestershire
GL7 4JH Funding for school grounds will be available
for materials or equipment, rather than services.
Tel. 01285 713273
Fax: 01285 711692 Please check website for current information.

E-mail: grants@ernestcooktrust.org.uk

Website : www.ernestcooktrust.org.uk

Earthwatch
Environmental Awards provide teachers and
Earthwatch Institute Europe educators with fully funded placements on
Earthwatch scientific field research projects.
267 Banbury Road
Oxford Earthwatch offers Student Awards of up to
OX2 7HT £500 to put towards a project that will enhance
their studies.
Tel. 01865 318838
Fax: 01865 311383 Free Teacher Resource Packs are available
upon request.
E-mail: info@earthwatch.org.uk Please check website for details of all
awards/resources available.
Website : www.earthwatch.org.eurpoe

Eco Schools
Eco schools is a great way to make sustainable
development a part of the life and ethos of your
school. Designed to fit into the curriculum, it's
Website : www.eco-schools.org.uk an award scheme that gets everyone in the
school community involved in making the
school environment better.
Forest Education Initiative
Offers various resources. Grant scheme of up to
Please see website for Regional Contact details £5000 (50% match funding needed) for forest
school cluster ground funding. Assistance is
Website : www.foresteducation.org.uk available throughout the year.

Please view website to obtain further details


and local contact information.

Growing Schools
E-mail: growing.schools@dfes.gsi.gov.uk

Website : www.teachernet.gov.uk/growingschools/resources/funding/

Major government programme to harness the


full potential of the ‘outdoor classroom’ as a
teaching and learning resource.

Website allows access to resource materials,


funding opportunities and case studies, as well
as useful links relating to awards and
competitions.

Laing’s Charitable Trust


Around 1000 small grants a year to ‘make a
Michael Hamilton – Secretary difference’ in the fields of homelessness,
Laing’s Charitable Trust disadvantaged youth, education and
The Waterfront environment.
Elstree Road Please write to Michael Hamilton, the
Elstree Secretary, for further information.
Herts WD6 3BS

National Association of Environmental


Education UK
National teacher organisation. Publishes 40-
Tel & Fax : 01922 631200 page ‘Environmental Education’ Journal
termly, containing up-to-date information,
E-mail: info@naee.org.uk views, funding news, case studies school
grounds, articles of interest, conferences and
workshops.
Website : www.naee.org.uk
Please view website of how to apply
National Association of Environmental
Education UK
National teacher organisation. Publishes 40-
Tel & Fax : 01922 631200 page ‘Environmental Education’ Journal
termly, containing up-to-date information,
E-mail: info@naee.org.uk views, funding news, case studies school
grounds, articles of interest, conferences and
workshops.
Website : www.naee.org.uk
Please view website of how to apply

The Royal Society


6-9 Carlton House Terrace Partnership grant scheme funding science
London projects for Students between 5-16 years old. G
SW1Y 5AG
Grants available for between £250 - £2500
Tel. 020 7451 2500
Fax. 020 7930 2170

E-mail: info@royalsoc.ac.uk

Website : www.royalsoc.ac.uk/education/

Rowan Bentall Charitable Trust


Bentalls Plc Grants awards to a wide range of community
Anstee House based projects since 1972. The trust focuses on
Wood Street projects that benefit the environment and public
Kingston-upon-Thames health.
KT1 1TS
For more information please write or telephone
the trust.
Tel. 0208 5462002

Schools’ Resource Pack


Provides interesting and current information of
school garden projects. Also offers advice on
Website : www.schoolsgarden.org.uk various environmental issues.
Recycool
31-37 Etna Road
Collect empty laser & inkjet cartridges and old
Middlefield Industrial Centre mobile phones to earn free sport, educational
Falkirk equipment, computers, audio-visual equipment,
Scotland books and tours.
FK2 9EG

Tel. 08451 30 20 50

E-mail: info@recycool.org

Website: www.recycool.org

Whitbread Action Earth


Contact Naseem Akhtar on:
Small grants available to schools for improving
the environment. Contact via telephone for a
Tel. 0121 328 7455 project registration form.

Information compiled by (22-8-05):


Education Department, RHS Garden, Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB

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