Sources of Funding (last updated January 2008)
What do you need funding for?
Think about what you need the money for. Buying trees, maintenance costs, administration costs, buying land, public liability insurance? When considering which grants to apply for find out what they will fund as some may restrict funding to capital works and omit costs such as insurance. For such annual costs try to find a regular funder such as the Town or Parish Council, or a local business or Trust Fund with whom you can build a relationship and rely on a regular, if small, donation.
A little money can go a long way so don't apply for large amounts of money just because they are there - money is not a sustainable motivator for a project that needs local support and hard work over time. Finding solutions locally such as loans of equipment, voluntary help from local businesses as well as local donations can all help to build a sense of ownership of the project. In saying that, funding is important in order to fulfil requirements that are now in place including disabled access and public liability insurance.
A subscription for membership can raise enough funds to write a newsletter. If you have some greenfingered members consider propagating local varieties to sell and give workshops in planting, pruning and grafting. Perhaps a local artist could be commissioned to paint or draw the orchard, and prints could be sold to raise funds.
If you are adopting an old orchard, selling the fruit can raise funds. In Germany, co-operatives of traditional orchard owners pool their crop to make organic apple juice, sold at a premium. There are distinctive local blends, and their local identity is a selling point. Orchards can be self-financing in this way. Consider harvesting some of the mistletoe for Christmas, sadly much of the mistletoe sold in this country is imported from France. You might even consider registering your orchard with a film location company.
Apple Day and other events can raise funds. Stamford Community Orchard Group in Lincolnshire have, for three years, been looking for the right piece of land to plant a Community Orchard. They have spent the time raising money (and local interest) at their annual Apple Day at Stamford Arts Centre. In 2007 when a suitable area was found the group have the funds for trees and are well prepared.
Sources of Funding
There are many grants programmes and grant giving trusts relevant to Community Orchards. Many will focus on a project's aims to encourage local participation, some require an educational aspect. Not many Trusts have been included as they often fund registered charities only, and this list is aimed primarily at constituted local groups. Some of the useful websites listed at the end offer good advice and listings for charitable trusts including the Heritage Funding Directory, Charities Information Bureau and Directory of Social Change.
As they are not easily categorised, the list below is simply by area, starting with grants that cover the whole of the UK, followed by those more specific to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In the first instance it is worth looking locally for sources of funding, and there are suggestions and examples listed later.
The Big Lottery Fund (www.biglotteryfund.org.uk) offers different grant schemes including:
Awards for All, Lottery Grants for Local Groups -distributes grants of between £300 and £10,000 (£500-£10,000 in Scotland and NI and £500-£5,000 inWales) to fund not-for-profit organisations, parish and town councils, schools and health bodies, for community projects. Operated through regional offices. More details from 0845 600 20 40 or visit www.awardsforall.org.uk
Local Food Grants - grants of between £2,000-£500,000 available from Spring 2008 for local food related projects in England that help make food growing accessible and affordable to communities. See www.localfoodgrants.org
Parks for People - offers grants for projects to restore or regenerate public parks and gardens. Grants between £250,000 and £5 million towards 75% of the project costs. Contact the Heritage Lottery Fund on tel: 020 7591 6000, email: enquire[at]hlf.org.uk or see www.hlf.org.uk
Your Heritage - provides grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 to support community-focused heritage projects that conserve and enhance our diverse heritage or encourage communities to identify, look after and celebrate their heritage. These can include caring for the natural landscape, conserving historic buildings, places and objects, involving people in exploring local cultures, traditions, languages and ways of life. Contact the Heritage Lottery Fund on tel: 020 7591 6000, email: enquire[at]hlf.org.uk or see www.hlf.org.uk
Young Roots - grants between £5,000 - £25,000 for projects that encourage young people aged 13-20 (or up to 25 for those with special needs) to learn about and celebrate their heritage creatively. Contact the Heritage Lottery Fund on tel: 020 7591 6000, email: enquire[at]hlf.org.uk or see www.hlf.org.uk
Action Earth Campaign - Sponsored by the Environment Agency and run by Community Service Volunteers (CSV), small grants of up to £50 to community projects that improve the local environment. Action Earth, CSV Environment, St Peter's College, College Rd, Saltley, Birmingham B8 3TE, tel: 0121 328 7455 or see www.actionearth.org.uk
Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation - grants of between £200 and £5000 to charities and schools for projects including those involving heritage, youth, community and conservation. Contact 020 7408 2198 or Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation, 20 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6LH.
B&Q Better Neighbour Grant Scheme - awards B&Q goods to the retail value of between £50-£500 to schools, community groups and charitable organisations for sustainable community projects. Apply directly at your local B&Q store. Also B&Q One Planet Living (OPL) Award offers community-based projects up to £10,000 of B&Q products across the UK and Ireland. Projects need to demonstrate how their activities will support: environment/energy saving, natural habitats/wildlife and local culture/ heritage. In addition, B&Q is offering two awards of £5,000 combined cash/product to schools who submit innovative science-based proposals, showing a real understanding about the environment and the importance of tackling climate change. See www.diy.com/awards
Black Environment Network - The Ethnic Minorities Award Scheme (EMAS) offers grants up to £500, and refers applicants to other funders, for projects that enable black and white ethnic communities to benefit from environmental participation. BEN, 9 Llainwen Uchaf, Linberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4LL, tel: 01286 870715 or see www.ben-network.org
British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA) Charitable Trust - awards to projects that are community inspired, contribute to the raising of community spirit and improve quality of life. The BURA Charitable Trust, 33 Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DX, tel: 0800 0181 260/ 020 7539 4030 or see www.bura.org.uk
Coalfields Regeneration Trust - grants of between £500-£30,000 to community groups, PTAs, Parish, Town and Community Councils for community projects and social enterprises within coalfield areas, includes buying land. See www.coalfields-regen.org.uk or call 0800 064 8560.
Community Foundations - Community foundations are charitable trusts that support local community causes. There are over 60 community foundations in the UK, covering all of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and most of England. A decision on applications is usually made within 6 weeks. To find a Community Foundation in your area contact: Community Foundation Network, Arena House, 66-68 Pentonville, Road, London N1 9HS, tell: 020 7713 9326, email network[at]communityfoundations.org.uk or see www.communityfoundations.org.uk
Conservation Foundation - It's Your Community award scheme was launched in 2006 to celebrate the Foundation's 25th anniversary with grants of up to £1,000. See www.itsyourcommunity.co.uk
Co-operative Foundation - The Community Support Programme awards between £200 and £2000 for community and environment projects within the United Regions area of South Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, North Midlands and Staffordshire, North Wales and Northern Ireland. It is particularly interested in projects which have been initiated by the local community at grass roots level, are locally led and run, which can demonstrate evidence of co-operative values and principles: self-help, equality, democracy, concern for the community. The Charity Manager, The Co-operative Foundation, United Co-operatives, Sandbrook Park, Sandbrook Way, Rochdale OL11 1RY, tel: 01706 202032, or see www.co-operative.co.uk/en/foundation
Co-operative Membership Community Fund - funds raised from donations from Co-op members. Grants awarded to not-for-profit community projects with grants ranging from £100 and £5,000. Contact: community.fund[at]co-op.co.uk or see
David Knightly Charitable Trust - 'Pride of Place' awards for sustainable community projects aimed at improving the environment and raising awareness. Write to: David Knightly Charitable Trust, c/o Rachel Butterworth, Middlewick House, St Mary Bourne, near Andover, Hants SP11 6AJ, tel: 01264 738268.
DEFRA offer grants for Higher Level Stewardship for restoration of traditional orchards:
Environmental Stewardship Scheme - administered through Natural England. Offers payments to landowners/farmers for management of traditional orchards for wildlife as well as other forms of farming beneficial to the environment and landscape heritage. The scheme ran its course in 2007 and a new programme for 2007-2013 has been approved with some changes. For an explanatory Scheme Handbook and further information contact the Enquiry Service can be contacted at: Enquiries, Natural England, Northminster House, Peterborough, PE1 1UA, tel: 0845 600 3078 or see www.naturalengland.org.uk or www.defra.gov.uk
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation - it supports work that focuses on the UK's cultural life, education, the natural environment and enabling people who are disadvantaged to participate more fully in society. Usually fund national charities but have also funded school and community projects. Can only fund work that is legally charitable. You do not have to be a registered charity to apply, but your constitution must allow you to carry out the work you propose. The average grant is £50,000 but they consider grants of less and more. Tel: 020 7297 4700 or see www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk
Green Pennant Award - recognition of the high standard of green spaces managed by local, voluntary and community groups in England and Wales and part of the Green Flag Award Scheme. No funding is offered but this award can generate interest and publicity. Green Flag Award Scheme, The Civic Trust, 5th Floor, Century Buildings, 31 North John Street, Liverpool L2 6RG, tel: 0151 231 6900, email:
info[at]greenflagaward.org.uk or see www.greenflagaward.org.uk and click on “Green Pennant Award”
International Tree Foundation can offer funding for tree planting projects including orchards. For an application form, and further information contact The International Tree Foundation National Office, Sandy Lane, Crawley Down, West Sussex RH10 4HS, Tel: 0870 7744269, email:
info[at]internationaltreefoundation.org or see www.internationaltreefoundation.org
Jenny Wood Environmental Trust - funds available for individuals and organisations towards the funding of educational projects aimed at enhancing environmental awareness and also projects with a long term positive effect on the environment. For registered charities only. Jenny Wood Environmental Trust, 36 Oak Village, London NW5 4QN
J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust - grants up to £15,000 for small community projects making good use of volunteers concerned with one of the following:_social welfare, therapeutic arts, conservation and the environment. For registered charities only. Contact: Elizabeth Rantzen, Director, J. Paul Getty Jr. Charitable Trust, 1 Park Square West, London NW1 4LJ, 020 7486 1859 or see www.jpgettytrust.org.uk
Kellog’s Active Livig Fund - grants of up to £1,000 to small community groups for projects that lead people to take part in sustained physical activity. Currently, projects involving families and children are a priority. Contact: 0161 214 0940 or louise[at]communityfoundation.co.uk
Landfill Tax Credit Schemes:
Biffaward - awards for projects within 10 miles of a Biffa facility. There is a small grants scheme with awards from £250 to £5,000 and biodiverisity projects scheme with awards up to £50,000, and a larger grants for Flagship projects up to £500,000. Projects must provide and improve public amenities, create, restore and manage areas specifically to increase biodiversity, and support community led regeneration schemes of regional or, grants[at]rswt.org or see www.biffaward.org
Veolia Environmental Trust - award grants under the Landfill Communities Fund to community and environmental projects which are within 5 miles of a landfill site or facility operated by Veolia Environmental Services (UK) plc. Contact: The Veolia Environmental Trust, Ruthdene, Station Road, Four Ashes, Wolverhampton WV10 7DG, tel: 01902 794677, email: info[at]veoliatrust.org or see www.veoliatrust.org
SITA Trust - a landfill tax funded grants scheme that is run on two programmes: Enhancing Communities Programme for community improvement projects within ten miles of an active landfill site owned by SITA UK; and Enriching Nature programme, for wildlife projects within ten miles of any landfill site in England. The funding is in three tiers: Small Grants up to £10,000 are fast tracked while Larger Grants Scheme and Challenge Fund for larger amounts up to £250,000 can also be applied for. For further information contact SITA Trust, The Barn, Brinkmarsh Lane, Falfield, South Glos GL12 8PT, tel: 01454 262910, sita.trust[at]sita.co.uk or see www.sitatrust.org.uk
Waste Recycling Environmental Limited - offer grants for environmental projects near landfill sites in the midlands, eastern counties of England, several counties in Wales and in Edinburgh & Midlothian, Glasgow & North Lanarkshire. See www.wren.org.uk
Learning Through Landscapes - work to increase the use of school grounds as an educational resource. They keep a list of funders relevant to school projects and have funding schemes available as well as offering advice. This is a membership organisation. Tel: 01962 846258 or see www.ltl.org.uk
New Horizons Trust - grants of up to £5,000 available to groups of over 10 people, at least half of whom are 60+, for projects that will benefit the community. Details from New Horizons Trust, Bronzeoak House, Stafford Road, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 6JG, tel: 01883 332634
O2 It's Your Community - awards from £100 to £1,000 to support projects, roughly categorised as: Community Places - improving the places communities share, Community People - helping bring people together, Community Pride - tackling issues head on and restoring a sense of pride such as clearing litter and rubbish, removing graffiti, and Community Landscape - improving communities natural environments such as creating community gardens, planting trees, improving public access to riverbanks. Contact: 0800 902 0250, hello[at]itsyourcommunity.co.uk or see www.itsyourcommunity.co.uk
REEP - a charity that holds annual Garden Awards for school garden design projects using IT. Projects should make links between religions and the environment and the three categories for the competition are: 1. Faith Gardens, 2.Gardens and the arts: The use of sacred text in garden design, and 3.Curriculum development: using an existing garden in the curriculum. Nine Awards of £1,000 and one top Award of £1,500 are awarded by a panel of 5 expert judges. 2008 applications can contact to register their interest: gardenawards[at]reep.org or see www.reep.org
Tree Council - two grants programmes, the ‘Trees for Schools' and ‘Community Trees' funds are available for schools and community groups within the UK who are able to show that children under the age of 16 will be actively engaged in the planting projects. Grants cover 75% of planting costs and range from £100-£700. The Tree Council, 71 Newcomen Street, London SE1 1YT, tel: 020 7407 9992, email: info[at]treecouncil.org.uk or see www.treecouncil.org.uk
Royal Forestry Society's booklet 'Grants For Trees' summarises sources of grants, loans, sponsorship and advice for trees, woodlands and forests in the UK. Contact Royal Forestry Society of England, Wales & Northern Ireland, 102 High Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 4AF, tel: 01442 822028 or download from www.rfs.org.uk
UKVillages Community Kitty - awards grants of £50-£300 to community projects. To apply for a grant from the Community Kitty your group, society or club must be registered on UKVillages and the funds must go towards a clearly identifiable project. Contact UKVillages Ltd, 37 Church Street, Harston, Cambs, CB2 5NP, tel: 01223 874 500, info[at]ukvillages.co.uk or see www.communitykitty.co.uk
UNLTD - National Lottery grants to support social enterprises that benefit the local community. Level 1 Awards (£500 - £5,000) are designed to help make new ideas become real projects, aimed at individuals or informal groups of people who have an idea and want help getting it off the ground. The money is to help with the running costs of the project. Level 2 Awards (£10,000 - £20,000) support people whose ideas are already developed or pay for the living expenses of Award Winners to help them devote more time to their projects. These Awards are given out once in the spring and once in the winter. Contact: 0845 850 1122, email: info[at]unltd.org.uk or see www.unltd.org.uk
Wakeham Trust - offer grants to small groups not employing staff, who are just starting up or who are attempting to provide a new community project or activity in their local area. Grants of £75-750. Wakeham Trust, Wakeham House, Rogate, Petersfield, Hants, GU31 5EJ, tel: 01730 821 748, email: wakehamtrust[at]mac.com or see www.wakehamtrust.org
The Woodland Trust Community Tree Planting Fund - grants fo up to £100 for community tree planting initiatives across Great Britain. The grants are available to community groups, associations and not for profit organisations, for example: a community action group, local residents group, environmental action group, scouts, brownies, etc. Groups must be constituted and have a bank account, and events must be registered on the Trust’s website. Applications are dealt with on a monthly basis during the winter month. See
www.woodland-trust.org.uk or call 01476 581155.
Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation - offers grants to charities and good causes throughout the UK. In the past successful projects have included community gardens and city farms. Also the Community Investment Fund (CIF) assists local projects that might fall outside the Charitable Foundation's criteria. See www.ybs.co.uk and click on “Your Society” and “Ethics in Action” for more information or contact: The Charitable Foundation Team, Yorkshire Building Society, Yorkshire House, Yorkshire Drive, Bradford BD5 8LJ, 0845 1 200100.
Age Concern - currently run two grants programmes to help projects which directly benefit older people. The Bright Ideas Programme offers grants up to £2000. The Barclays Programme offers small grants of £150 to local voluntary projects. Between November 2007–July 2008 Grants are also available towards the cost of celebrations, outings, or one off events to the value of £500. These are all fast turn around grants, offered monthly. Contact the Grants Helpline 0208 765 7738 or see www.ageconcern.org.uk
Forestry Commission's English Woodland Grant Scheme - six grants aimed at increasing the public benefits given by existing woodlands, helping to create new woodlands to deliver additional public benefit, and for the stewardship of existing woodlands. Grants include the Woodland Improvement Grant (WIG) - for work in woodlands to create, enhance and sustain public benefits, the Woodland Management Grant (WMG) - for contribution to additional costs of providing and sustaining higher-quality public benefits from existing woodlands, and the Woodland Creation Grant (WCG) is for encouraging the creation of new woodlands where they deliver the greatest public benefits. Contact: Forestry Commission, National Office, Great Eastern House, Tenison Road, Cambridge CB1 2DU, tel: 01223 314546, email: nationaloffice.fce[at]forestry.gsi.gov.uk or see www.forestry.gov.uk/ewgs
Natural England - offers advice, information and some local teams offer grants for nature conservation work. Enquiry Service, Natural England, Northminster House, Peterborough, PE1 1UA, tel: 0845 600 3078, email:enquiries[at]naturalengland.org.uk or see www.naturalengland.org.uk
Natural England also administer the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund Grant Scheme to support projects that reduce the effects of aggregate extraction on local communities and the natural environment. They will support projects which involve and deliver benefits for one or more of the following themes: Landscape and Nature Conservation, Access and Informal Recreation, Communities, Education and Understanding and Evidence gathering. The scheme is likely to continue but for updated information contact the Grants Management Team on 01476 584821, alsfgrants[at]naturalengland.org.uk or ALSF Grants Team, Natural England, The Maltings, Wharf Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6BH.
Countryside Council for Wales - grants available to support groups involved in environmental projects. Further details from: Countryside Council for Wales, Maes-y-Ffynnon, Penrhosgarnedd, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DW, tel: 08451 306 229 or 01248 385560, email: enquiries[at]ccw.gov.uk or see www.ccw.gov.uk
Forestry Commission Wales - 100% grants to constituted woodland improvement groups for planting new woods, improving existing woodlands, developing facilties, buying land, creating paths, signs and artwork. Contact: Forestry Commission Wales, Victoria House, Victoria Terrace, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 2DQ, 0845 604 084501970 625866, fcwales[at]forestry.gsi.gov.uk or see www.forestry.gov.uk
People and Places - grants from the Big Lottery Fund Wales of between £5,001 and £1 million to community and voluntary groups and the public sector for projects that bring people together to make stronger communities and improve the environment. Contact: 01686 611700 or see www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
The Prince’s Trust - Community Actions Programme offers support to young people (14-30 year olds) involved in projects to improve the environment in a local community. Projects might include professional landscaping projects, designing and creating a community garden, building a youth shelter, creating environmental sculptures. The prgramme offers advice, technical help with planning and design, funding and help from other young people with the necessary skills. Contact The Prince's Trust, Cymru Head Office, Baltic House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff CF10 5FH, 029 2043 7000 or see www.princes-trust.org.uk and click on “Regions” and “Cymru”.
WCVA Communities First Trust Fund - grants of up to £5,000 for schemes in Community First areas, that benefit local communities economically, environmentally, socially or culturally. Contact: Helpdesk on 0800 2888 329, email: help[at]wcva.org.uk or see www.wcva.org.uk
National Assembly for Wales can give advice on community and environmental grants for the voluntary sector. Contact: 0845 010 3300 or see www.wales.gov.uk and click on “Welsh Assembly Government”, then “Topics” and “Housing and Community” to find further information.
Forward Scotland - grants of up to £1000 for practical sustainable development projects run by constituted community groups, plus information and other forms of help available. Contact: 056000 10 560, enquiries[at]forward-scotland.org.uk or see
Growing Community Assets - grants from the Big Lottery Fund of between £10,000 and £1 million to help communities to obtain, manage and improve assets that will help them to become stronger and more sustainable. Such assets can include land. Deadline 01/08/08. Contact: 0870 240 2391 or see www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
Rural development Small Awards Fund - offers grants of between £500- £5,000 for community-led projects in Scotland’s rural areas. A rolling programme with notification of decision within 2 months. See www.ruralgateway.org.uk or email EDSAF[at]scotland.gsi.gov.uk
Scottish Natural Heritage - grants are available for nature and countryside conservation projects through local offices. Usually covering 50% of costs but this is discretionary. Details of grants from SNH, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW, tel: 01463 725000, email: enquiries[at]snh.gov.uk or see www.snh.org.uk
Seeing is Believing Fund, Scottish Centre for Regeneration - small grants of between £100- £5000 to community and voluntary groups within disadvantaged areas or working with disadvantaged groups so that they can visit and learn from successful regeneration projects or access other learning opportunities. Contact your local Communities Scotland Area Office, details at www.scr.communitiesscotland.gov.uk or call 0141 419 1690.
Environment & Heritage Service Northern Ireland - grants of up to 50% available to groups carrying out natural heritage projects in Northern Ireland, including NGOs, voluntary bodies, schools and local councils. Contact: EHS Natural Heritage Grants Programme, Klondyke Building, Cromac Avenue, Gasworks Business Park, Lower Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 2JA. tel: 028 9056 9615, email: nhgrants[at]doeni.gov.uk or see www.ehsni.gov.uk
SOME LOCAL GRANTS
Looking close to home for funding and support should be a first step.
Local Authorities may be able to help with costs of printing a leaflet, buying trees or finding a local source of funding. Some offer specific funding for orchard conservation including: Somerset County Council offer small grants for new standard orchards and replacement trees (contact Phil Stone in the Environment Dept on 01823 355617); Norfolk County Council offer tree-planting grants (contact 01603 222770); Chichester District Council offers funding to create or regenerate a Community Orchard under their Wildlife Improvement Grants Scheme (contact Joe Brookes, Environment Officer on 01243 785166 or see www.chichester.gov.uk), Herefordshire County Council offer advise, grants and subsidised fruit tree kits of local varieties (James Bisset, Principle Countryside Officer 01432 260848,
countryside[at]herefordshire.gov.uk), North Dorset District Council offer advice and grants for creating Community Orchards (contact the Tree Officer on 01458 454111).
Others may offer more general grants for conservation projects. Some offer support in the form of advice on orchards, such as Cornwall County Council offer advice and information packs (Colin Hawke, Natural Environment Officer, 01872 222000, chawke[at]cornwall.gov.uk), East Devon Coast & Countryside Service offer advice (01395 516551), North Devon Coast & Countryside Service offer advice (01237 423655), Gloucestershire County Council offer advice and graftwood of local varieties (Alan Watson, Arboriculture Officer 01453 794920), Monmouthshire County Council offer advice on orchard management and suggestions grants (Kate Stinchcombe, Biodiversity Officer 01633 644843), Worcestershire County Council offer advice and training (contact Wade Muggleton, Countryside Officer on 01905 766493, wmuggleton[at]worcestershire.gov.uk).
Local Companies - may offer small donations, voluntary help, free advice, trees or equipment. See the Prohelp scheme below, or contact local firms directly. It is also worth approaching shops (such as the Co-op - see above), buildings societies and banks who sometimes have funds set aside for selected local projects.
Areas of Outstanding National Beauty (AONBs) - some offer grants for local people to undertake projects that help towards achieving the environmental, economic and community aims of the AONB such as the Local Action Fund and the Community Project Fund. If you don't have details of an AONB in your area contact the National Association for AONBs, The Old Police Station, Cotswold Heritage Centre, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3JH, tel: 01451 862007 or see www.aonb.org.uk
National Parks - Sustainable Development Fund is open to individuals, businesses and community groups for projects that provide social, economic and environmental benefits largely within the boundaries of the National Parks. Contact: ANPA - Association of National Park Authorities, 126 Bute Street, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 5LE, tel: 029 2049 9966, email: info[at]anpa.gov.uk or see www.nationalparks.gov.uk and click on “Living In” to find details.
BAA 21st Century Communities Fund - grants for communities in the vicinity of BAA's airports to assist projects that nurture the physical and natural environment, and to those offering education opportunities, particularly to the disadvantaged. For instance Gatwick Airport Community Trust funds local projects with grants ranging from £200-£2000. See www.gact.org.uk. Contact the Community Relations Manager at your local BAA airports at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton.
Cheshire Landscape Trust - offer free apple and damson trees of Cheshire varieties from their own nursery for community and school orchard projects. Contact: Cheshire Landscape Trust, Fountains Building, Upper Northgate Street, Chester CH1 4EF. tel: 01244 376333 or see www.cheshire-biodiversity.org.uk
CWM Environmental Fund - offering grants to environmental and community projects within ten miles of Carmarthen Waste Management Landfill Sites in Wales. The fund is channelled through Grantscape, an environmental grant-making charity that channels funding towards deserving and good quality projects. Contact: Grantscape Office E, Whitsundoles, Broughton Road, Salford, Milton Keynes MK17 8BU, tel: 01908 545780, email: helpdesk[at]grantscape.org.uk or see www.grantscape.org.uk
Ford Britain Trust - grants of between £100 - £5,000 for projects concerned with education, the environment, children, disabled people, youth activities and projects that benefit communities. Applications for projects located in and working in areas in close proximity to Ford Motor Company Limited's locations will be prioritised. These are Dagenham/East London, Essex, Merseyside, South Wales, Southampton, Daventry and Leamington Spa. Contact: 01277 252551 or see www.ford.co.uk and click on “Company”, then “Corporate Information”, then “Ford Britain Trust” to find guidelines on application.
Greggs Fund - grants for local organisations with charitable objectives in the North East of England (Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham and Teesside) for projects which improve the lives of disadvantaged people in our society and improve the quality of life in local communities. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community and organisation does not have to be a registered but it must have charitable objectives. Don't consider applications for amounts below £1,000 but Divisional Charity Committees in Greggs plc's regional divisions make grants up to that level and applications received may be passed on to them for their consideration. Contact: Mark Wilson, Trust Manager, Greggs Trust, Fernwood House, Clayton Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1TL, 0191 212 7626, greggstrust[at]greggs.co.uk or see www.greggstrust.org.uk
Kent Community Foundation - Manage various funds including Community Champions Fund which supports individuals that wish to generate community activity where there has been very little before, for training, to run a project that focuses on sharing information, to help an existing community-inspired project or bid for a new one, or to visit other communities to share knowledge. Also the The Phillips Fund to protect, conserve and enhance the use and character of the rural landscape and its communities. Contact: Kent Community Foundation, Office 23, Evegate Park Barn, Evegate, Smeeth, Ashford TN25 6SX, tel: 01303 814500, admin[at]kentcf.org.uk or see www.kentcf.org.uk
Kent Gardens Trust - a charitable trust which aims to help develop the educational aspects of gardens, particularly for the younger generation; help conserve Kent's outstanding gardens; and to create new parks and gardens in the county. The Trust also works with schools, works to assist historic garden restoration, and may help deserving students with bursaries. Contact: Kent Gardens Trust, Highsted Farm, Highsted Valley, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 0AG. tel: 01233 811611, email: mail[at]kentgardenstrust.org.uk or see www.kentgardenstrust.org.uk
Leicestershire Investment Fund for the Environment (LIFE) - a growing trust fund aiming to raise £1M to support community projects that improve and protect the local environment. Accepting applications for environmental projects and initiatives from formally constituted not-for-profit organisations operating in Leicestershire. Administered by Groundwork Leicester & Leicestershire, Western Park, Leicester, LE3 6HX, tel: 0116 222 0222, email: info[at]gwll.org.uk or see www.gwll.org.uk and click on LIFE.
London's Green Corners - run by the Conservation Foundation, is an award scheme to recognise the creators of small, often secret gardens, which are vital for the capital's biodiversity. Contact 020 7591 3111, info[at]conservationfoundation.co.uk or see www.conservationfoundation.co.uk
Manchester Area Community Trust Fund - available in the areas most affected by Manchester Airport (South Manchester and Tameside, Trafford, Stockport, the boroughs (but not the towns) of Macclesfield and Congleton, also Vale Royal, and up to but not including Northwich. Supports projects that encourage environmental improvement, promote or advance social welfare for recreation and sport and leisure, provide better appreciation of the natural and urban environment and benefit the whole community. Small grants up to £5,000 and larger grants of £5,000 - £25,000 available. The Trust Fund Administrator, The Community Relations Department, Manchester Airport Plc, 3rd Floor, Olympic House, Manchester, M90 1QX, tel: 08712 710 711 or email: trust.fund[at]manairport.co.uk
Milton Keynes Grant - local funding available through Grantscape, an environmental grant-making charity that channels funding towards deserving and good quality projects. Limited to community projects within the Unitary Authority of Milton Keynes. Contact: Grantscape Office E, Whitsundoles, Broughton Road, Salford, Milton Keynes MK17 8BU, tel: 01908 545780, email: helpdesk[at]grantscape.org.uk or see www.grantscape.org.uk
Oxford Preservation Trust - annual Environmental Awards scheme aimed at projects that make a significant contribution to the conservation and improvement of the built or natural environment of Oxford and its green setting. Contact: Mrs Deborah Dance, Trust Director, 10 Turn Again Lane, St Ebbes, Oxford OX1 1QL, tel: 01865 242918, email: info[at]oxfordpreservation.org.uk or see www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk
Shetland Amenity Trust - operates a grant aid scheme which provides financial assistance for the preservation of architectural heritage, environmental improvement initiatives and archaeological projects including the categories: Natural Heritage, Woodlands and Environmental Improvement. Contact: shetamenity.trust[at]zetnet.co.uk or see www.shetland-heritage.co.uk
Stoate-Laity Charitable Trust - grants of between £100 and £2000 mainly to charities (Others must show a clear charitable purpose and be properly constituted as a non-profit making body). Small innovatory projects with a good measure of self help or voluntary input are preferred. A small number of grants given annually to community environmental projects. Preference for the West of England, notably Somerset (especially West Somerset), Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset and Devon. Contact: Leonard Laity Stoate Charitable Trust, 7 Sherwood Close, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 2SB, email: charity[at]erminea.org.uk or see www.stoate-charity.org.uk
Wessex Watermark Award offered by Wessex Water, awards between £100 and £1,500 to projects designed to improve the environment in their area of Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol, Dorset and parts of Hampshire and Gloucestershire. Offered to community groups, schools and colleges, parish councils, environmental, conservation and heritage groups. Tel: 01225 526000 or see www.wessexwater.co.uk/watermark where you can order an explanatory leaflet.
Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust - supports environmental, social and economic well-being of the Yorkshire Dales. Offers grants to projects involving woodlands, wildlife habitats, barns, walls, village halls and historic buildings. Schemes include the Dales Woodland Restoration project, which aims to create 150 hectares of native broadleaved woodland, the Rural Trades Network, which aims to address the widespread shortage of skills in the rural and heritage trades, and the Yorkshire Dales Sustainable development Fund. Contact: Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Old Post Office, Main Street, Clapham LA2 8DP, tel: 015242 51002 or see www.ydmt.org
SOME USEFUL BOOKS AND WEBSITES
Heritage Funding Directory from Heritage Link is a directory of sources of funding, available online at www.heritagelink.org.uk/fundingdirectory for creative projects involving historic landscapes, parks and gardens; archives and spoken history; archaeology; heritage skills and conservation; and heritage interpretation and education. Contact: Heritage Link, 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP, tel: 020 7820 7796
Charities Information Bureau - Very useful website providing help and advice for community groups and voluntary organisations who are seeking funding. Offers advice sheets for grant applications which can be downloaded, and sources of funding with its free online GRANTnet. See www.fit4funding.org.uk or call 01924 239063
Directory of Social Change - publish fundraising guides such as Guides to Local Trusts, Directory of Grant Making Trusts, The Guide to UK Company as well as the online subscription directories: www. trustfunding.org.uk, www. companygiving.org.uk and
www.grantsforindividuals.org.uk. The books can be too expensive for many small groups, but should be available to order from your local library. Directory of Social Change, 24 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2DP, tel: 08450 777707 or see www.dsc.org.uk
Prohelp - is a national network of professional 800 companies offering free support to the voluntary sector. See their website www.prohelp.org.uk for a list of regional contacts, or tel: 020 7566 8650 the London office and ask for your nearest contact.
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