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Funding available for nature, art and wildlife projects

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 7, 2014 at 8:35 AM


The City of London Growing Localities Awards 2013/14

Celebrating excellence in using nature to enhance and improve local communities

Does your organisation use nature to improve people's lives?

 Enter the Growing Localities Award

A total of £2,500 prize money is being offered to projects which use nature to enhance and improve local communities and the lives of vulnerable or socially excluded people, generating positive outcomes such as health and well-being, new skills and knowledge, new relationships, and a sense of purpose and belonging.


This year, entries are invited for projects and initiatives in London that involve any one or combination of:

  • GARDENING AND GROWING FOOD – for communal eating and small-scale enterprise
  • LOOKING AFTER ANIMALS – bees, chickens, pigs, etc for the experience of care but also to farm
  • NATURE-THEMED ARTS AND CRAFTS – woodcraft, photography, film-making, writing, etc
  • EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES ABOUT NATURE AND WILDLIFE – including trips and excursions to teach people about flora and fauna
  • RECLAIMING AND DEVELOPING WASTELAND – projects initiated and led by residents and tenants
  • ‘GREEN’ EXERCISE – groups for walking, cycling, running, etc with a nature theme

 Entries are invited from not-for-profit organisations in the capital such as: 

  • Community-based and voluntary organisations
  • Faith groups
  • Health organisations
  • Homeless agencies
  • Hospices
  • Prisons
  • Resident committees
  • Schools
  • Social housing providers
  • Social care providers
  • Supported housing providers (providing mental health services, substance misuse, learning disabilities, etc)


Entries will be judged based on criteria including:

Originality – the distinctiveness and memorability of the project idea

Replicability – how others could be inspired by and run similar projects themselves

Reach - the numbers of people involved in the project, particularly in engaging the wider community

Diversity - of people engaged, particularly those who are ‘hard to reach’ or have challenging needs and who are brought together with the local community

Impact – of the project (demonstrated qualitatively or quantitatively) on people’s health, well-being, relationships, skills, knowledge, sense of purpose and belonging.


Deadline for entries – Friday, January 24th, 2014

Shortlist announced – End of February 2014

Winners announced – April 2014


Rules and procedures

Entries must be completed using this entry form and submitted electronically here

Receipt of all entries submitted online will be automatically acknowledged.

Entrants may be asked to provide further information.

The judges' decision is final. Awards will be made at the judges' discretion and no correspondence will be entered into concerning any decision. Not all the awards advertised may be awarded if the judges consider the criteria have not been met. Additional commendations may be made at the judges' discretion.

The content of any entry may be used for informing other practitioners and also for publicity purposes unless the entrant withholds their consent to this in writing.

Entrants are deemed to have accepted these rules and procedures and to have agreed to be bound by them when entering this competition.

For more information on the awards and to enter click here.

Categories: Funding, Community Garden, Children

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