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RHS Small Grant Funding for Scottish Community Gardens

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
The Royal Horticultural Society has launched the second round of its community fund to help gardeners enhance public spaces in towns, villages and cities across Scotland, awarding £100,000 to Scottish community gardening projects over three years. In 2013, we awarded £30,000 to 17 wide-ranging projects, helping groups to purchase tools, create raised beds and garden spaces, and bringing people together through gardening.
This year, we wish to provide funds to support Scottish groups to start or develop gardening projects within their local community. Groups applying for the fund should be able to demonstrate that their project has a strong horticultural focus and we are particularly interested in projects that demonstrate one or more of the following:
  • Opportunities for people to learn new skills in gardening
  • Development of volunteering opportunities within your local community
  • Involve people from a wide range of different ages and backgrounds
  • Long-lasting benefits to your local community
Groups can apply for two levels of funding; Start-up Grants of up to £300 and Main Grants of up to £3,000. To apply for funding, please download the application form and guidance via the link below:
complete and return by the closing date:   5pm, Monday 8 December 2014

Beechgrove films new allotment site

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Original Field

Original Field

Aden Community Allotments Association, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire was formed in August 2012 with the aim to create allotments and community gardens within the boundaries of Aden Country Park just outside Mintlaw.  It acquired a long term lease from Aberdeenshire Council on a 30 acre former farmers field,  In February 2013 the association successfully secured a grant of over £77,000 from the Climate Challenge Fund. There were still hurdles to jump, for example although full planning permission was not required, the design still had to be submitted to the planning department.

Plots with sheds

Plots with sheds

However in July ground work began to develop the field into 49 allotments ranging in size from 10m x 10m to 20m x20m.  Each plot is provided with a shed, compost bin and water butt. In December 2013 the allotmenteers were able to gain access to their plots.  Over the past three months the allotments have developed.  Every plot holder has their own unique way of managing their plots. It is enlightening to see so many likeminded people coming together, all from different backgrounds to help one another in any way they can.  There is still work to be done on communal areas including the community garden at the site entrance.

Beechgrove Garden visited the plots on the 27th of March for filming on the allotments. This episode (Episode 3) was broadcast on the 17th of April, 7.30pm BBC2.  It can still be viewed using iPlayer.  The Beechgrove team will be back again in May, July and September to continue filming.


For more infomation and lots more pictures see the facebook page. Aden Community Allotment Association (ACAA)




Scottish Charity Awards

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) annually offers awards to voluntary organisations.  Any voluntary organisation, charity, community group or individual charity volunteer or staff member may apply.  It is not necessary to be a registered charity.  The awards for 2014 were launched in February and the deadlines for award applications is March 26.

Note that the awards are NOT grants.  They are ‘after the event’ recognition for projects that took place in the time period Jan 1 2013 to March 31 2014.  In other words your project should be completed or in full swing by now.  You have to be able to show how the project is already making a difference to a group of people.

To find full details of what sort of activity is covered and how to enter for an award click here to go to the SCVO web site.  The most relevant category for allotment groups is probably Celebrating Communities.

CSGN Development Fund open for further applications

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN)has announced a further round of funding for the year 2014/15.  However this funding is only available for applicants who have ALREADY received a grant from the development fund.  The funding is only available for one financial year and CSGN believe that this restriction will maximise the impact of this additional funding.  There are no other restrictions that are totally set in concrete but there are priorities.  For example priority will be given to applicants asking for more than £10,000 and whose new projects extend an already funded project in some way.

For further details and to see the conditions and restrictions see their website.

A limited source of funding

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Is your allotment site in the area of Glasgow and North Lanarkshire? Is it within 10 miles of Greengairs Landfill site? Is it open to the public (at least some of the time)? If so projects on your site may be eligible for funding from Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd.(WREN)

This non profit making company has been set up to fund projects eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund which is fed from the Landfill Tax. It has a number of grant awarding schemes including a small grants scheme which gives awards of between £2000 and £15000 to projects lasting not more than 1 year.

In March 2015 landfill tax will be devolved to Scotland and scottish projects will no longer be funded after December 2016. However this means that there is still more than a year in which it is worth while applying for a small grant. It may also mean that WREN is keen to use up the money it has allocated for Scotland!!

For more information and to check if your project might be eligible click here to go to the WREN website.

Update from the Climate Challenge Fund

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

ccf logoThe Climate Challenge Fund is a Scottish Government programme managed by the independent charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.  It is ‘allotment friendly’ – a number of allotment associations have already benefited from this fund.

Streamlined decision making procedures have been announced  for decisions under £30,000.  These applications will also benefit from monthly funding decisions.  They will be assessed by Keep Scotland Beautiful and presented to the CCF grants panel for a funding decision on a monthly basis.

An additional £10.3 million is being made available by the Scottish Government which extends the Climate Challenge Fund until March 2016.  Grants up to £150,000 per project per year are available.  In total 612 projects run by community groups across Scotland have received £52 million from CCF to reduce carbon emmissions, tackle climate change and make community improvements.  All applicants receive help and support from development officers at Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Applications for CCF funding are invited now.  The next funding deadline is 6 January 2014.  For full details see

You can also sign up for free training events at this web site.  These range from information surgeries to community placemaking workshops.


Fruity Grants Announced

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Forth Environment Link has announced the launch of a fourth round of funding of its Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme 2013 / 2014.

The scheme, supported by the CSGN Development Fund 2013, aims to encourage anyone with an interest in orchards – including communities, schools, public agencies and landowners – to plant and manage orchards, use them for learning or celebrations, or as a productive food crop.  Forth Environment Link are looking forward to receiving applications that create and look after orchards, and bring people together to have fun in events to use and celebrate orchards.

The CSGN area stretches from Girvan in the west to Leven and Dunbar in the east.  It includes part of Stirlingshire and Fife in the north and follows local authority boundaries to the south.   The full list of areas included can be found by clicking here.  The CSGN Orchard Grant Scheme is open to all groups and individuals in the CSGN area, as long as they can demonstrate wider community involvement in the design, creation and management of the project, and can provide evidence of landowner approval.

Grants of between £100 and £500 are available for designing and creating new orchards, managing traditional or other existing orchards, enhancing orchard biodiversity, and developing orchards as a learning ground.  Applications should be completed online via the Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative website at where the full application pack is available. The deadline for the receipt of applications is 9 am on Monday, 30 September 2013.

For information about the scheme, please contact Amparo Echenique, Project Assistant, Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative, at or phone 01786 449215.

People’s Post Code Trust Small Grants

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

The People’s Post Code Trust (England, Scotland and Wales) small grants programme has re-opened for applications.  Through this programme the Trust offers grants between £500 – £10,000 to small organisations and community groups for projects lasting up to 6 months in the areas of

  • poverty prevention
  • advancement of health
  • community development
  • public sports
  • human rights
  • environmental protection

Allotment association projects could well fit into several of these categories.  A Scottish project that was supported recently was the Moray Arts Centre which was awarded £2000 to run a play therapy group for children with autism.  The closing date for applications in this round of grants is 24 May.



Climate Challenge Fund invites grant applications

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Seven projects involving local growing or food were among the 13 which received over £2.1 million of funding at the latest Climate Challenge Fund Grant Panel. So it is really worth while for Allotment associations to consider applying for CCF grants.

The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund provides grants up to £150,000/year for Scottish community groups to run projects that reduce carbon footprint and improve their communities. Community groups across Scotland have received CCF funding to provide community growing spaces and to promote the production and consumption of food which has a lower carbon footprint.These projects have also helped promote healthy diets and bring people together, allowing them to experience the mental and physical benefits of gardening.

Applications for CCF grants are invited for presentation to the CCF Grant Panel in June and September 2013. For information or to apply for a grant please see the Climate Challenge Fund website:

or call a Development Officer on 01786 468 779,
or email:
or pop into one of the Spring events attended by CCF staff.

The Climate Challenge Fund will be attending a number of events across Scotland in the coming months where you can speak directly to a Keep Scotland Beautiful Devlopment Officer about applying for a CCF grant.

Dates are detailed on the Climate Challenge Fund website:

Climate Week March 4 – 10

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Climate Week runs from 4-10 March 2013 and showcasing real, practical ways to combat climate change it aims to renew the ambition to create a more sustainable, low-carbon future.  The Scottish launch of Climate Week takes place on 4th of March at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.  If you want to attend this you can email

As part of Climate Week, The Climate Challenge Fund will be providing application and funding advice from 1pm – 5pm on Friday 8th March at St. Ninians Old Parish Church Hall, Stirling. There is no need to book – simply turn up and you’ll be able to chat directly with a Development Officer.   This event should prove of real interest to any allotment group looking for funding.  There is already a long list of allotment groups who have had projects funded by the CCF.

The advice surgeries, will take place as part of ‘open afternoon’ at the hall which received a CCF grant in 2010. The CCF grant funded the installation and promotion of energy efficiency measures such as insulation, windows and lighting which have reduced carbon footprint and substantially reduced bills, while improving facilities.

Visitors will able to see the hall improvements for themselves as well as interpretative displays which showcase the work completed.

There will be further updates on the CCF website and the facebook group regarding the event. Please email if you have any queries regarding the event.