Funding is crucial to help sustain a community food growing project. There are ways that groups can raise funds themselves, for example by selling produce or holding open days and events, but funding can also potentially be secured from a number of organisations. This page gives short details and contacts for a number of funders of community projects in the UK.
Awards for All
Lottery grants scheme funding small (up to £10,000) local community-based projects in the UK. The programme aims to help improve local communities including creating stronger communities and improved urban environments.
Advice line: 0845 4 10 20 30.
Network of 60 charities located across the UK, which provide funding to strengthen local communities. See website to find your local Community Foundation.
020 7713 9326
The Co-operative Membership Community Fund
Funds community projects of up to £2,000.
0161 827 5879
Works with community groups to make changes to local places across the country. They may also know about local funding. See their website to find your local Groundwork Trust.
0121 236 8565
Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Groundwork. The programme helps community groups in England create or improve green, open spaces to enhance people’s quality of life. The programme is open until January 2011.
Advice Line – 0845 3 671 671
Grants for community and environmental projects across the UK using money from landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
This large grant- giving body has a funding strand prioritising the enjoyment and access of food (rather than its production).
(020) 7812 3700
02 It's Your Community
O2 has teamed up with the Conservation Foundation to provide awards between £100 and £1,000 to projects that benefit local communities or that builds community spirit.
Voluntary Action Fund -- Community Chest
The Community Chest provides grants to voluntary and community based organisations across Scotland.
This scheme, managed by the SITA Trust, offers grants to young people (aged 16 to 25) to improve green spaces for people and wildlife.
Natural England -- Access to a Nature
This grant scheme aims to encourage people from all backgrounds understand, access and enjoy the natural environment.
(0845) 367 1671
Community Food and Health (Scotland)
This government funded organisation has grants available for community food projects in Scotland.
(0141) 226 5261