FCFCG stalwart awarded OBE
FCFCG assistant CEO Ian Egginton-Metters has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list, in recognition of his contribution to city farming which stretches back more than 30 years.
He first became involved in city farming in 1980 and went on to run the national Federation, before helping develop a number of partnerships including Care Farming UK, the School Farms Network, Growing Schools and Access to Farms.
His interest in the therapeutic and educational benefits of farming and gardening began in the 70s, when he was an agriculturalist at a Leprosy hospital in India where patients ran a 350-acre farm. He returned to the UK and worked with people with learning difficulties before being inspired to get involved in social change. He went on to help pull together the City Farms for Greater Manchester Group, which proved instrumental in the formation of Wythenshawe and Clayton City Farms.
£120K fund for Grow Wild flagship site
Grow Wild has up to £120,000 funding available for a flagship site in England that uses native UK plants to create an inspiring community space.
The Big Lottery funded pot is open to local voluntary and community groups who want to transform a neglected or derelict site in their area.
Grow Wild is seeking expressions of interest from groups with an idea that will improve the lives of local people. Expressions must be sent in by 14th February 2014 and selected groups will then be invited to apply for funding.
Groups will be able to get hints and advice on putting together expressions of interest at regional workshops across England this January.
Find out more and discover if your group is eligible to apply on the Grow Wild website.
FCFCG explores Hull mobile farm plans
FCFCG has been working with Hull City Council to explore the potential for an ‘urban box farm’ designed to be completely mobile and self-sufficient in all features.
The mobile farm would be set up as a ‘meanwhile’ plot on a development site in Hull city centre and could be moved when the developer needs to regain the site.
Formed of shipping containers, the box farm could include polytunnels, a moveable pig pen and a café and shop.
Legacy will help fund education project
Legacy will help fund education project
The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens will help fund a programme encouraging children to engage with growing, thanks to a £4,000 legacy left to us by a supporter in her will.
Her generous gesture has prompted FCFCG to encourage more people to think of city farms and community gardens when they draw up wills, allowing future generations to benefit from these fantastic community resources.
We have now joined Remember A Charity, a consortium of over 140 charities set up to raise awareness of the importance of having a will and leaving gifts to charities.
New £150m community enterprise fund
£150 million Power to Change fund will support community enterprise
The Big Lottery Fund has launched a new £150 million initiative to support the development of sustainable, community-led enterprises across England.
Power to Change will invest in creative projects that involve local people and resources to improve their local neighbourhoods, villages and town centres, such as community farms and gardens, pop-up shops and resident-run resources.
The fund will be delivered by an independent Trust established next year but in the meantime there are opportunities to get local publicity for your project. BLF is partnering with media company Trinity Mirror, which will help publicise the fund through its regional newspapers and is looking for stories about local community enterprises.
If you'd like the chance to raise the profile of your project, go to the Power to Change website and send in your story. The website also has more information about the fund and a community enterprise map.
£1m grant fund for park ideas
Rethinking Parks fund launched
Nesta, The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund have opened a £1m grant fund to back the best parks innovations, called Rethinking Parks.
Against a background of public sector budget cuts for discretionary services such as parks, Rethinking Parks aims is to find new business models that will enable parks to thrive for the next century.
Voluntary and community sector organisations and public sector organisations from across the UK may apply for grants of between £50,001 and £100,000 as well as nonfinancial support to carry out their innovative ideas to make the UK's public parks financially sustainable. For more information go to the Rethinking Parks website.
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