Grants for Green Spaces

We’ve compiled a list of some the key funding sources that support green spaces in UK.

Biffa Award: Biffa Award provides two streams of funding to community projects under four different themes: rebuilding biodiversity, community buildings, cultural facilities and recreation.

Big Lottery Fund – Awards for All: Funding for community based projects across UK.

Big Lottery Fund – Parks for People: Parks for People is a joint initiative between the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The programme awards grants of between £100,000 and £5 million to revitalise historic parks and cemeteries.

Esmee Fairburn Foundation: Esmee Fairburn have a series of funding priorities around find an alternative system that produces higher quality food in ways that are better for people, the environment and livestock.

European Commission – LIFE Programme: The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.

Groundwork – Tesco Bags of Help: The money raised from the Tesco 5p bag charge is helping local community groups to improve places that create havens for wildlife, offer opportunities to get people into employment, create stronger communities, and inspire children through contact with the natural world. The community grant scheme is supporting thousands of community projects each year with between £8,000 and £12,000. Find out more about how to apply for a grant here.

Grow Wild: Grow Wild is awarding funding of £1,000 to £4,000 to community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing UK native plants.

Growing a Greener Britain:  The Growing a Greener Britain fund of £50,000 supports local communities to crowdfund their projects in green spaces.

Heritage Lottery Fund – Parks for People: Historic public parks and cemeteries are valued places at the centre of local communities. The Parks for People fund aims to help people to conserve them with funding of £100,000–£5million.

Landfill Community Fund: The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling operators of landfill sites to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs)

National Community Land Trust: The national CLT (Community Land Trust) network provides advice, support and funding to establish a community land trust (CLT are local organisations set up and run by people to develop and manage homes and other community assets such as community enterprises, food growing or workspaces).

People’s Health Trust: Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.

Power to Change: Since May 2015, Power to Change have provided over £6m of grant funding to community led businesses that are tackling challenges in their local area, including shops, railways, farms and community centres.

SITA Trust: SITA Trust provides funding for physical improvements to community leisure amenities through the Landfill Communities Fund.

WREN: WREN is a company limited by guarantee and a non-profit making Environmental Body (EB) registered to fund projects which are eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund. There are four schemes available.

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