Competitions and other opportunities for our Membership

We have partnered with some brilliant organisations to offer exclusive opportunities for members of Social Farms & Gardens 

Grants for Children's Summer Activities

SF&G are delighted that in 2023 we will once again be partnering with the Hilden Charitable Fund to award Children’s Summer Activity Grants to our members, helping to get children learning and playing in nature this summer.

Last year we supported 25 SF&G members with grants of up to £1,500 each. They delivered over 300 summer sessions taking place all over the UK engaging more than 3,000 children and their families, with a huge range of activities taking place including bug hunting, seed planting, orienteering, bush-crafts, and outdoor cooking sessions.

This year we will be distributing £34,000 in grants of up to £1,500 each to support activities that will engage children and young people with nature over the summer break in July and August 2023.

To Apply
You can apply for up to £1,500 to deliver activities for children and young people aged 5 – 18 that:

  • Take place in July and/or August 2023
  • Support them to play, learn and have fun outdoors
  • Connect them with nature

We are particularly interested in receiving applications that demonstrate how you will reach children and young people who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, and/or who have disabilities.

Your activities can be solely funded by this grant, or take place as part of a larger scheme or initiative.

Application Deadline Extended: 5pm, Friday 9th June 2023

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 16th June, and receive 50% of their grant on return of a signed grant acceptance letter. The remaining 50% will be released on submission of a grant report, to be received no later than 29th September 2023.

To apply: please complete this online application form

Please note: as part of your application, you will be asked to submit a copy of your most recent accounts, your safeguarding policy and your public liability insurance certificate. We will not assess applications submitted without these supporting documents.

Please see the full grant Terms and Conditions here.

Applications will be scored and assessed by a panel of judges. We cannot prioritise previous grant recipients and all applicants will be scored on an equal basis.


Natracare/SF&G Project #BeKind Competition

If you are part of a majority woman-led community garden in the UK - enter our competition to win a hot compost bin for your garden here!

We have four hot compost bins worth £350 each to give away to four majority women-led community gardens around the UK. The winning groups will also receive a selection of Natracare period products of sufficient quantity to provide for adequate compost pilot testing, and composting experts will be on hand to advise on using your new bin. 

The #BeKind hot compost bins are part of Natracare's campaign to design for a circular economy, and they are passionate about demonstrating that home compostable period products can produce fertile and safe compost for our gardens, whilst also keeping materials out of landfill.

To enter, fill in this short application form by 18th June 2023.

Full terms and conditions here




Includes our own training events and workshops, and selected events and training run by organisations in the sector we think might be relevant. We aim to share the buzz and keep you informed.