Gardening with Children

School Zone

Funding Guide

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When you have some gardening project ideas, it’s important to find out how much everything is going to cost. The next step is to explore funding options. 

There are many places to find the funding and support that you need for gardening project. This might come locally through community fundraising or sponsorship. Or it might involve applying to a national organisation for a grant.

Bear in mind grant applications can take a little time to complete. So before you start check you have all the information together that you need. Find out what sort of projects the funding organisation is particularly interested in supporting. Sometimes there will be a help line to phone for more information. But make sure that your ideas meet the project criteria before starting to apply. Also check the deadline for applications.


There are many competitions run for schools, so it’s always worth keeping a look out. run competitions throughout the year, with lots of useful equipment to be won, along with money off vouchers, so keep a look out for those. 

Local Fundraising

  • Community Fundraising Events such as school fairs, plant sales and auctions of promises
  • The PTFA sometimes have funds available that can be used towards the school garden
  • Local Sponsorship from companies in your area can also be a good place to start. Local branches of some of the big chains have a budget for community projects so it’s always worth checking
  • Local Authorities and County Councils sometimes have resources available locally.

National Grants and Award Schemes

Awards For All
A lottery grants scheme for local communities.

Awards for All Wales
Grants of between £500 and £5000 for projects involving people in their local community. Includes an environmental and educational focus. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund.

BBC Children In Need
Provides grants to benefit disadvantaged children and young people 

Awards projects which provide and/improve community spaces and places for outdoor recreation.  It also supports projects that protect and enhance biodiversity.

Big Lottery Fund Community Programme
Community based programmes to bring the local community together and improve the lives of the people that live within it.  There are particular categories for local communities and community wildlife.

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)
Education grants for imaginative teaching about design of buildings and public green space. One category of awards in 2008 was for use of the school grounds as a learning resource. 

Community Spaces
£50 million open grants programme supported by the Big Lottery Fund. It helps communities create and improve green open spaces, to make a difference to the local quality of life. 

Runs awards scheme for schools and community groups. Check their website for the latest information. 

Ernest Cook Trust
Provides grants of between £100 and £4000 (in small grants category) for the education of young people about the environment and countryside.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Aimed at improving the quality of life in the UK, primary interests include education, learning, the natural environment and enabling fuller participation by disadvantaged people in society.  One project in 2010 provided £150,000 to the Sow & Grow Everywhere programme.

Fundraising for Schools
Monthly magazine with all the latest information on the sources of extra funding that are available to schools 

Hilton in the Community Foundation
Grants of up to £30,000 for activities in education & health to relieve suffering and equip young people.  Particularly support is targeted at disabled children, children in hospital, homelessness and life-limited children.

Local Food Grants
£50 million programme supported by the Big Lottery Funds Changing Spaces Programme. It distributes lottery grants to a variety of food related projects to help make locally grown food accessible and affordable for local people. 

Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Runs an education & learning open grant scheme. 

Princes Trust Community Cash Awards
Programme which provides grants of up to £3000 to help set up projects that benefit the local community.  Included is support to help with the planning, research, and progression of the project.

Sita Trust
Supports community and environmental improvement projects through the Landfill Communities Fund. 

Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards
The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one off donations of between £500 and £4,000.  The funding is for equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit children, the elderly and adults and children with disabilities, living in the local communities around the Tesco stores.

The Conservation Foundation
Creates and manages a variety of environmental award schemes. Check out their website to see those awards currently available.

The Links Foundation
Charitable trust distributing funds to communities in need of help.

The Royal Society
The Royal Society Partnerships Grants Scheme offers up to £3000 for projects where teachers and scientists work together to inspire young people. 

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Foundation provides grants of up to £10,000 for a range of projects around healthcare and disability, community support & education and the arts. 

Waitrose Community Matters
Waitrose's Community Matters initiative supports a wide range of charities and community groups. Each branch of Waitrose has £1,000 to share out between three local good causes each month.  The scheme will consider supporting welfare organisations, community groups, schools or local divisions of national charities.  To find out more about the scheme visit your local store, which you can find by clicking on the link above.

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