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Gardens for Children Grants

By: Kevin Watson MSc - Updated: 18 Jun 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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Children love gardens. Whether a garden is private or a community green space, children take pleasure in spending time out of doors.

Parents also benefit from gardens. Gardens are secure environments where parents know that children can play safely.

AlanTitchmarsh Award

The Alan Titchmarsh award is a prize of £250 worth of gardening vouchers. Schools throughout the country can apply.

200 schools receive the vouchers each year. They use them to buy gardening tools, plants and seeds.

Association of Gardens Trusts

The Association of Gardens Trusts has 35 local trust centres across England. It also has links with the Historic Gardens Trust in Wales.

Schools that hope to engage in garden projects for children should contact their local Gardens Trust centre to check the availability of grants.

Awards For All

The national lottery funds the Awards For All grants scheme. The purpose of the scheme is to support community projects. Such projects include restoring or creating community gardens for the benefit of children and adults.

Applicants can receive grants ranging from £500 to £5,000. The Awards For All scheme covers all four of the UK’s regional governments.

B & Q One Planet Living

The DIY store, B & Q, offers grants for various projects including “grow your own”. The grants are £50 to £250. Only schools can apply. The grants are for the purchase of gardening equipment.

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation supports various projects. Among these are initiatives that improve the lives of children and the disabled.

Charities rather than individuals must apply for Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation grants. The charities can use the grants for garden projects.

Biffaward

Biffaward receives funding from landfill tax credits that Biffa Waste Services donates. The result is a multi-million pound grant scheme. The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts runs the scheme on Biffaward’s behalf.

There are four types of funding. The two that apply to gardens for children are the community main grants and the small grants. The main grants are worth £5,000 to £50,000. They help fund projects that develop or provide community facilities. Community gardens come under this category.

Small grants are for projects that help communities save or improve local amenities such as gardens. Small grants start at £250. The maximum is £5,000.

CSV Action Earth

CSV Action Earth awards grants to community and voluntary groups whose aim is to improve and safeguard local environments such as gardens.

Growing Gardens Grants Scheme

Schools and other educational centres can apply for grants from the Growing Gardens Grants Scheme.

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, Save the Children, ContinYou and Blue Peter are the four organisations that run the scheme. The purpose is to:

  • Give disadvantaged children a chance to grow food
  • Improve or create garden areas at schools or other educational sites
  • Present children with the opportunity to learn where food comes from
  • The grants are £250. Successful applicants can use the money to buy gardening tools and develop gardens.

Tree Council

Schools can apply to the Tree Council for grants to plant trees. The maximum amount of a grant is £700. The newly-planted trees can form part of a school gardening project.

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Claire Coombs - Your Question:
Hello I am the Co-Ordinator for a small local charity based in Dawlish and we offer a free Saturday morning drop in session for families who have children with special needs. We cater for the whole family and offer cooking, craft and play. We are based in a special needs school in Dawlish. There is a small garden where we planted a tree and a plaque in memory of our previous Co-Ordinator who lost her battle with cancer. We would love to involve our children in cultivating the garden and creating a sensory space for our children and children within the school. We are self funding and were wondering whether there were any small grants we could apply for to allow us to facilitate a sensory garden.Thank you

Our Response:
We hope the suggestions in the above article and also those in the repsonse below are of help to you.
GrantsExpert - 19-Jun-18 @ 11:04 AM
Hello I am the Co-Ordinator for a small local charity based in Dawlish and we offer a free Saturday morning drop in session for families who have children with special needs.We cater for the whole family and offer cooking, craft and play.We are based in a special needs school in Dawlish.There is a small garden where we planted a tree and a plaque in memory of our previous Co-Ordinator who lost her battle with cancer.We would love to involve our children in cultivating the garden and creating a sensory space for our children and children within the school.We are self funding and were wondering whether there were any small grants we could apply for to allow us to facilitate a sensory garden. Thank you
Claire Coombs - 18-Jun-18 @ 11:26 AM
Po- Your Question:
We are a small school and have begun a partnership with a local Care home(charitable trust) to help transform a piece of land at the home into a sensory garden which is wheelchair accessible for residents. Our pupils are keen gardeners at school- polytunnel, beds, herbs planters etc etc! We are very exciting about designing and planting the care home garden and also maintaining it. Are there any grants available? Many thanks

Our Response:
What a lovely idea. Try the suggestions in the above article first of all and it may also be worth trying local businesses to see if any will sponsor the project. Other organisations to try are:
Groundwork
Countryside Classroom
The Princes Trust
Big Lottery Awards for All
Learning Through Landscapes
GrantsExpert - 30-May-18 @ 10:20 AM
We are a small school and have begun a partnership with a local Care home(charitable trust)to help transform a piece of land at the home into a sensory garden which is wheelchair accessible for residents. Our pupils are keen gardeners at school- polytunnel, beds, herbs planters etc etc! We are very exciting about designing and planting the care home garden and also maintaining it. Are there any grants available? Many thanks
Po - 26-May-18 @ 7:09 AM
Katie- Your Question:
Hello just woundering if there any where I can apply for a grant to do my new home garden , my little girl has a learning disability but loves to be out side and intouch with nature , she not allowed to play out due to her having not awareness off danger , the garden space is beautiful but very over grown and full off unsafe chicken wires alway msssive big holes in in fence. Please is there any one that can help

Our Response:
Unfortunately we aren't aware of any grants that provide for this kind of thing, assuming your daughter is not registered disabled.
GrantsExpert - 18-May-18 @ 12:48 PM
Hello just woundering if there any where I can apply for a grant to do my new home garden , my little girl has a learning disability but loves to be out side and intouch with nature , she not allowed to play out due to her having not awareness off danger , the garden space is beautiful but very over grown and full off unsafe chicken wires alway msssive big holes in in fence. Please is there any one that can help
Katie - 17-May-18 @ 12:46 PM
Could you please help me wi th a grant in order for me to do our home garden special for my disabled child?
Amira - 13-Apr-17 @ 4:32 PM
Can anyone advise me how/where I can apply for a grant to buy puddle suits and backpacks for 15/20 nursery age children. We have a Forrest Kindergarten project being developed and funding for these resources would a great help.
The garden gang! - 7-Mar-17 @ 2:40 PM
I am a development social worker working with rural poor farmers in Wakiso district in Uganda. We have a group of 260 farmers who need to be trained in organic agriculture to improve soil fertility which is the major problem that causes food shortages and persistent poverty in our communities. The group needs financial support to undertake the project so that farmers can improve on food security.
Willy - 19-Nov-15 @ 4:47 PM
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