Funding for Local Organisations to Develop Community Sites.

Grow Wild funding is available for local organisations to develop community sites. These are places where local people use UK native plants to create a space for everyone to enjoy by giving neglected and uncared-for sites and spaces a new lease of life.

Grants of between £1,000 and £4,000 are available.

The following organisations in the UK are eligible to apply:

o Voluntary, community or youth group.
o Constituted, not-for-profit and charity.
o Parish, town and community councils.
o Secondary schools.
o Health authorities, health boards and prisons.

Organisations must have their own bank account or be supported by a group with one.

Projects should meet the following criteria: o Inspiring idea - ignites the interest of the community with exciting activities and eye-catching results to show UK native plants at their best.

o Energetic, credible group - led by a not-for-profit group working for the benefit of local people. The Grow Wild project must be stand-alone, although it can be part of a programme of related projects, and must not deliver any statutory responsibility.
o Captures community attention - involves a cross-section of local people, those older and aged 12-25 years, by creating opportunities for volunteering to transform a communal space with the colour and wildlife from UK native plants.
o Stands up for UK native plants - grows plants native to the project’s local area, making local people aware of the nature that is being lost, and giving them something to do about it. It doesn’t only have to be wild flowers. There are also trees, shrubs and edible crops native to local areas.
o Available space/s - has access to communal space (or a series of spaces near each other) large enough for the project idea and budget. Funding is provided for urban or suburban spaces, ie somewhere lots of people could use.
o High profile - uses fun stories and methods to share photos and activities with as much of the community and young people as possible – as well as shares with Grow Wild online through a dedicated profile page, social media and press.
o Value for money - delivers from March to October 2015, with some activity in every month, and uses all the allocated funding on project costs.
o Lasting benefit - benefits continue with arrangements to manage the space/s for at least three years, ideally in partnership with other local groups. The project should engender a lasting sense of responsibility with the people involved, including young people, towards UK native plants and their importance.

The next deadline for applications is midnight on 2 December 2014.

For further information on how to apply, visit the Grow Wild website.

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