The Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT), has announced the launch of a new community grants scheme, designed to help people reap the health benefits of community gardening. ELGT believes that community gardening can be a sustainable and cost-effective means of improving health and well-being, self confidence and self worth. The small grants programme is designed to help groups and communities in Edinburgh develop and improve therapeutic and community gardens for people affected by health and social inequalities.
The ‘Growing Communities for Health’ scheme will be administered by ELGT and is supported by NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council. The fund will support community gardening projects that will benefit people with existing health issues, those experiencing cultural or social barriers to accessing greenspaces or those living in areas of deprivation.
Successful applicants will receive up to £750 to support a new or existing community gardening projects – to support activities such as buying tools, equipment and materials, creating raised beds, setting up composting facilities, paying for volunteer expenses etc.
Information on how to apply and application forms can be downloaded from the Trust’s website or contact Mark Vrionides on 0131 445 4025 for help in developing your project or completing an application.
The grant scheme complements ongoing work by the Trust to develop community gardening projects throughout Edinburgh, supported by the Trust’s newly appointed Community Gardening Development Officer, Mark Vrionides. Mark’s work will focus on developing and supporting projects which use community gardening as a positive tool to help tackle health and social inequalities, such as mental or physical ill-health, working to overcome social or cultural barriers, to promote positive access to greenspace.