Allotments and growing spaces - Funding
There are a number of possible funding sources for help when setting up an allotment, community garden or other growing project.
Perth & Kinross grants direct is the local one-stop-shop providing information, advice and support to find and apply for funding. Find out more about Council funding streams and red the monthly funding alert for external opportunities.
Some examples that could help your food growing project:
- The Community Climate Asset Fund can provide smaller grants of up to £10,000 to support community and school growing groups purchase tools and equipment from major items like polytunnel, sheds, greenhouses to wheelbarrows and compost, (Update March 2021: the CCAF closed to applications at midday on 9 November 2020).
- The Council`s community environment challenge fund is granted for community projects with tangible physical improvements that can be completed within 2 years. Applications must be submitted by local or national constituted groups (including those acting on behalf of others) and must be developed by community or voluntary organisations.
- The Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) supports community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions. Explore CCF projects involving food through video features and downloadable case studies. (Update March 2021: The CCF is currently closed to new applications).
- The Daily Mail Tree Angel Orchard Fund is a funding opportunity provided for schools to create orchards and fruiting hedgerows. You can register an interest on the website.
- For schools, the Nature Grant fund from Learning Through Landscapes might be a useful starting place for funding if you'd like to get started this year.
- https://www.ltl.org.uk/nature-grant/ and gives access to £500 worth of outdoor resources, which can be chosen from a mix of over 100 different products. Phase 5 of the Local School's Nature Grant programme opened on the 23rd March 2021.
- Crowdfunding is an alternative way of raising money for great ideas from the people around you. Crowdfund Scotland helps people in Scotland with an idea that can transform their community. Have a look at their website for past projects related to food growing.