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Funding available for new food growing projects

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 27, 2013 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Eyeing up a disastrous plot of land and dreaming of a new veg plot? 

Well Groundwork have opened a fresh round of their  'Transform Project' funding. 
So if you know of a rather hopeless looking space and have been waiting for a big push of energy to get going- this could be it. 

The fund is for "Community groups who want to transform derelict land into a green space or community garden with a food growing element, as well as empowering people to lead more sustainable lifestyles and engage in environmental volunteering."


GroundWork contact- [email protected]

New Planters for Hither Green Lane!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 26, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Earlier this month the Hither Green Community Association won a Capital Clean Up grant from the Mayor of London. 

Capital Clean-up aims to encourage Londoners do their bit and help rejuvenate neglected parts of the city. Events include canal clean-ups, litter picks, habitat restoration, and graffiti removal.  It is also part of the Mayor’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Legacy, encouraging Londoners to do something great for their city.

 

Boris is Boris,  but this spring’s Capital Clean-up DOES provide a 'fantastic opportunity to roll up your sleeves and put something back into your local neighbourhood.' 

Thanks to his Campaign, HIther Green Lane will be getting six new planters, big bountiful planters filled with gorgeous colourful planting. 

Like these but with more plants! We will be announcing a big planting day shortly and hope to have lots of local Hither Greenies taking part. 

 

Capital Growth Autumn 2012 Funding Round OPen

Posted by Nick on October 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Capital Growth’s eleventh funding round is now open until Monday 29th October 2012 at 5pm. Grants of up to £350 are available for capital costs to community groups in London, who want to start or expand a community food-growing space.


Priority will be given to applications for materials to assist with increasing the amount of food grown on site or making the site more sustainable; Applications to help the community group grow food to sell and finally applications helping communities to start a new food-growing space. To apply and find out more visit capitalgrowth.org

There is still time to become a 2012 Capital Growth Space

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on August 23, 2012 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The John Eveln Garden, Deptford- Capital Growth space #009


Capital Growth is the campaign to support 2,012 new community food-growing spaces for London by the end of 2012.

As a member of Lewisham Gardens, its likely that you already volunteer at a community garden and are a part of a thriving network of local growers. Capital Growth would like to invite you  to take the opportunity to join fellow Lewisham gardens and their growing London-wide network to be one of the 2,012 spaces by the end of this year.

Check to see if your Community Garden is a Capital Growth Space


If it's not on the list, there is still time to join as all food-growing spaces joining the network before Tuesday 28th August 2012 will have the chance to win £1,000 just for joining! Once you have registered your food growing space will be eligible for all our benefits, such as; competitions, access to exclusive discounts and sponsors, resources to help your project, volunteers, training and local networks.

To apply simply visit Capital Growth

For any queries please email [email protected] or telephone 020 7837 1228

For training please visit Capital Growth Training.


REMINDER: Community Garden Grants Available for Lewisham Groups- Deadline approaching

Posted by Jenny on August 22, 2012 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The upper limit for any award is £600.00. The deadline for applications will be 31st August 2012.


Eligible projects must meet the objective of the scheme to:

1.Encourage the participation of young people in food growing activities. We will require evidence of youth participation(e.g. youth forum)

and at least one of the following objectives:

2. To help develop projects to initiate and run new food growing spaces within LBL

3. To support existing projects that encourage people to grow their own food for community benefit within LBL

Please contact 0208 314 2068 to request an application or email [email protected]


Photo: Friends and Users of Staplehurst Shops (FUSS) Planters in Hither Green (c)LewishamGardens

The Neal's Yard 'Bee Lovely' campaign

Posted by Chrissie on August 15, 2012 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Grants are being offered to community groups as part of the Neal's Yard Remedies 'Bee Lovely' campaign. Read to see how you can get involved and help the Lewisham bee population.


 

1) Sign the petition to ban deadly neonics

 

Neal's Yard Remedies is campaigning to end the use of deadly neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides in the UK, bringing the UK into line with countries such as France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia.

To take the debate to parliament, they have a target of 100,000 UK signatures. To sign the petition please CLICK HERE.

 


2) Apply for a Bee Lovely Grant

 If your project helps with bee conservation, better beekeeping, wildflower planting or educating about bees, and you need a grant, then please click HERE. 

 

 

The grant is available to small charities, not-for-profit groups and community projects. Those likely to qualify include bee keepers, wild flower planting projects etc. You can apply for up to £2000 in funding. If you’re interested, please click HERE to go to the Application Form. 

 

For any help with your Bee Lovely Grant application contact Freya at Project Dirt ([email protected]).


 

 

For more information about the Bee Lovely campaign, please visit the Neal’s Yard Remedies website here, or contact Vicky at Neal’s Yard Remedies on [email protected].

To follow the campaign and the successful recipients of the Bee Lovely Grants, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. 

 

 


Community Garden Grants- 3rd round Open

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on August 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

New has been announced of the opening of the third  funding round for Community Garden Small Grants in Lewisham. 

The upper limit for any award is £600.00. The deadline for applications will be 31st August 2012.  Eligible projects must meet the objective of the scheme to:

1.Encourage the participation of young people in food growing activities. We will require evidence of youth participation (e.g. youth forum)

and at least one of the following objectives:

2. To help develop projects to initiate and run new food growing spaces within LBL

3. To support existing projects that encourage people to grow their own food for community benefit within LBL

 

Further Information:  [email protected] 

Contact- Stella Agunabor Service Development  Manager

Environment & Community Development

Funding: Want to run your local library, shop or pub?

Posted by Nick on July 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Assets Funding For Local Community Groups

 

The £19m Community Ownership of Assets programme offers grants to communities wanting to take control of a local asset such as a pub, shop, or library.

The Community Right to Bid will help local groups to do this, and comes into force in the autumn. It aims to keep valued land and buildings in community use by giving local people the chance to bid to buy them, if and when they come onto the market.


Once in place, you will have the opportunity to nominate public and private land and buildings to be part of a register of ‘assets of community value’. If something on this register is offered for sale, the Right is triggered. You will then have up to six months to prepare a bid and compete to buy it. The Community Right to Challenge (which recently became law) has £11m of grants available to enable communities to challenge to take over local service that they think they can run differently and better.


The Right to Challenge could be used to run a wide range of local services. The grants programme is provided by the Social Investment Business. The Right to Challenge grants will launch on 16 July - you should register your interest through the My Community Rights support service.

For more information.

Funding: Comic Relief Local Communities Fund

Posted by Nick on July 11, 2012 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

* Comic Relief Local Communities Fund

 

 

 

The Comic Relief scheme is provided by Comic Relief and administered locally in all London boroughs by the London Community Foundation. This is the second phase of the 'Local Communities' programme which will run for two years between 2011 and 2013.


There are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation and the current economic climate may make this situation worse. This programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities.


Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for sports projects and community projects in London that empower local people and enable them to create lasting change in their communities. The deadline for applications is 7th September 2012.

 

For more information.

Funding: The Community Builders Fund

Posted by Nick on July 11, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

* Community Builders Fund

 The CommunityBuilders Fund is investing a total of £2.5m in community organisations aiming to become more sustainable and independent. Applications for the fund, which is managed by The Social Investment Business on behalf of the Adventure Capital Fund, which closes on 3 August.


Organisations can apply for a minimum of £250,000 and a maximum of £750,000. Eighty per cent of funds will be loans and the remainder will be grants. Funding will be available to community organisations that have operated for at least a year and are trying to build their long-term financial viability and increase their ability to deliver social change.


The money can be used for property renovations and refurbishments, land or property purchases and related costs, the purchase of vehicles, IT equipment and fixtures and fittings. Communitybuilders is primarily a loan fund and investments will have a minimum 80% loan element. They will charge an interest rate of 5% on the loan.

For more information.