Fundraising For Your Project

Funding Sources - General Information

Many therapeutic gardening projects rely on a patchwork of grant funding from charitable trusts and foundations perhaps mixed with self-generated income e.g. from plant sales or fees for service provision to support the various facets of their projects: health, social care, gardening, staffing, core costs, training etc. 

Searching and applying for charitable funding is a time consuming task which requires a strategic approach in order to ensure the best return on the effort invested. This requires the most comprehensive research possible. 
Try these steps to start your funding search:

  1. Your local voluntary organisation's Third Sector Interface (TSI) Community Toolkit online provides information on generating income and finding funding. Find your local TSI at
  2.  The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) offers advice on funding your organisation
  3. Funding Scotland is a free searchable funder database at
  4. Your local council may offer guidance and information on funding your organisation- find details at your Local Authority web pages and enlist their help in your funding search. Follow this link to Local Authorities in Scotland


Featured Funder ...

Aviva, in partnership with WWF and the RSPB, is giving £1 million to support community groups across the UK to protect and restore nature in their local area. More information can be found on their website:


Jude Dunn Land Fund This year, the Jude Dunn Land Fund is offering two awards of £20,000, one for applicants with existing land resources who would like to expand their current project, and the other for  applicants who need to purchase essential resources, which may include land, to start a project from scratch. Women applicants are welcomed who are committed to working and restoring land (including food production, coppicing, training others in land work), open to sharing their experiences with others - such as volunteers and interns - and are ready to start implementing their proposal within six months of receiving the reward. Click Here for more information. Deadline: 31 August 2023




Exemptions for Charities

Water & Sewerage Charges
Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) can get help with the payment of water and sewerage charges. Full details about the scheme is available from the Scottish Government website and there are certain conditions on whether charities are eligible to apply.  

Scottish charity regulator OSCR has produced a briefing note which sets out the answers to some of the questions they are often asked about the Water Charges and Sewerage Exemption scheme.



Below are a few examples of  grant funding. This  list is no substitute for a comprehensive funding search but does give an indication of the type of funding available:

Are you a horticulturalist looking for financial assistance?


The Merlin Trust Are you between the age of 18-35 or in your first five years of a career in horticulture with a love of plants, gardens and gardening?
Do you need financial assistance to visit gardens in the UK or abroad? Or to study plants in their natural habitats anywhere in the world?
If so, then the Merlin Trust may be able to help you. Enthusiasm matters more than qualifications. Applications for grants from Britain and Ireland are invited throughout the year. Funding is also available if you are a foreign national studying in the United Kingdom.
See The Merlin Trust web pages for further information at

The Professional Gardeners’ Trust was established in 2004 to fund training and study for working gardeners in the UK and Ireland see
The PGT provides gardeners with the opportunity to acquire skills and gain qualifications through part-time courses and work placements. This enhances their careers and benefits the horticulture profession as a whole.

The Finnis Scott Award , for information and application criteria see the Professional Gardeners Trust web pages at

Gardening for Disabled Trust Grants for adapting your own garden to accomodate accessible gardening from the Gardening for Disabled Trust

Plants & seeds


Grow Wild If you are a group wanting Grow Wild Scottish seed kits for your group's activity please follow the link below. Each kit contains 5 seed packets, a bee house, plant markers and a how to guide, so you may find this resource supports your planned activity for March 2016.
You can register here using this link:

Woodland Trust Tree Planting Packs  The Woodland Trust has a range of tree packs to suit schools, youth groups and communities. Applicants can receive practical packs and advice for ensuring a successful planting. For more information go to the Woodland Trust web pages for more details at



Funding for Training

ILA Scotland ILA 200 is a Scottish Government scheme to provide funding for courses such as Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and IT skills. Employees and employers can find out more about ILA funding by visiting the ILA Scotland website or calling 0808 100 1090 to discuss directly with an ILA Scotland adviser.

Try this list of funders for training A wide variety of social groups catered for click here


General Funding

Tesco Bags of Help Funding
Need up to £4000 funding for a project that benefits the community?
Tesco Bags of Help has funded over 2000 projects in Scotland – sharing over £6 million pounds between them. Bags of Help funds a huge variety of projects that bring benefits to the community and every two months in Scotland we award 225 projects a share of over half a million pounds.
Apply online here

·         Apply anytime for projects that bring benefits to the community
·         Apply for capital and revenue funding between £1000 and £4000
·         Community groups, schools, charities, local authorities and not for profits can all apply
Get help to apply from one of our team of Community Enablers 

Awards for All Scotland
Awards for All is a small grants scheme which makes awards of between £300 and £10,000 to support projects that improve opportunities to take part in arts, sports and community activities and projects that promote education, health and the environment.

Baillie Gifford Community Awards Programme
Baillie Gifford has decided to launch a stand-alone grants programme aimed at supporting grass roots community organisations across the whole of Scotland.
The programme wil consider grants of up to £2K which fit at least one of the following priorities:
Children and families, Elderly, Education, Environment, Health, Physically disabled, Homelessness, Women, Grass Roots Sports. See  for more information and how to apply


Community Food and Health (Scotland) (CFHS)

If you are a group or agency in Scotland who would like to remove barriers to healthy eating, Community Food and Health (Scotland) has two funding opportunities available for groups and agencies in Scotland that wish to improve access to, and take up of, a healthy, varied and balanced diet. You can apply for either or both of these:

The Capacity Building Fund (Up to £500) is currently open. It will close once all the funding has been awarded. You can apply online. Please read the guidance notes before you apply

The Annual Development Fund (Between £500 and £3000) usually opens from June to August. It's for community groups and agencies in Scotland who would like to improve access to, and take up of, a healthy, varied and balanced diet.
Full information and a new online application form will also be available on the CFHS website.

Gannochy Trust Through its grant making, the Trust seeks to make a positive difference for the benefit of people living in Scotland, with a preference for Perth and Kinross. See

The Corra Foundation, (formerly Lloyds TSB Foundation (Scotland)) The Corra Foundation distributes its funds to recognised charities in Scotland which are focused on improving the quality of life for people in Scotland who are disadvantaged or at risk of becoming disadvantaged. It has a particular emphasis on funding grassroots charities (with an annual income of £500,000 or less). Funding is available through three funding programmes. The majority of grants are made through the Henry Duncan Awards (previously known as the Standard Grants Scheme). The two other funding programmes are the Capacity Building Programme which funds projects that enhance the effectiveness of the voluntary sector and the Partnerships Drug Initiative which aims to promote voluntary sector work with vulnerable children and young people affected by substance misuse. The Foundation also runs a number of funding surgeries to give people the opportunity to discuss their application face-to-face before it is submitted. For more information, please visit Lloyds TSB Foundation Scotland 

MacRobert Trust Grants Programme The MacRobert Trust, which makes grants to registered charities in the United Kingdom (but preference is given to registered charities in Scotland), has various application deadlines throughout the year. The MacRobert Trust makes grants in the areas of Services and Sea; Education and Training; Children and Youth; Science, Engineering and Technology; Agriculture and Horticulture; and Tarland and the Local Area. Grants can range between £5,000 and £25,000 and occasionally
the Trustees make a recurring grant of up to three years. In addition a small grants programme facilitates awards of up to £5,000. 

RIAS Scottish Community Projects Fund Grants of up to £2,000 are available to local community groups towards feasibility studies for building or environmental improvement projects or employment or other initiatives which have social benefit.

SCDC Supporting Communities – offer extended to more groups
SCDC is offering its expanded package of community capacity building support, Supporting Communities, to even more community organisations. The free support is intended to enable community organisations at all levels and stages to improve their effectiveness and influence over the community needs and priorities that they are involved in tackling.
Please visit the Supporting Communities webpage on the SCDC website for more information.

Foundation Scotland
For a variety of local and national Scottish Charitable funding, visit the Foundation Scotland  web pages.

Magic Little Grants 2019
Localgiving and the Postcode Community Trust gives local charities and community groups the chance to apply online for a £500 grant to deliver projects across Great Britain that encourage people to be physically active.
Projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants.
For more information and online application click here
The Roberston Trust: Wee Grants for Wee Groups
Set up to support smaller charities and community groups who are doing good work in their communities which fits one of our funding strands:
Care and Wellbeing - Improving the quality of life for those affected by physical and/or mental health issues and their carers
Strengthening Communities - Increasing the ability and capacity of people and communities to create solutions which address local need
Realising Potential – Developing confidence and resilience in young people, particularly those who face barriers to success
Wee Grants can be from £500-£2,000 and can fully fund or part fund your work. This can include your day to day running costs such as rent or utilities, project costs, sessional staff and items such as equipment or training materials.


Retailers and Banks

The Co-Operative
​Dobbies Garden Centres

Bank of Scotland
​Clydesdale Bank


Site Specific Funders


Biffaward Biffaward is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK. There are three levels of funding available including Main Grants (Community) £5,000 to £50,000. For projects that provide and improve community facilities. Main Grants (Biodiversity)£5,000to £50,000, for projects that conserve wildlife, species and habitats for small Grants – £250 to £5,000. For projects that enable communities to improve local amenities and to conserve wildlife. There are no grant deadlines. Applications are accepted at any time. Find out more at


Is your project local to one of Scotland's airports?
Glasgow Airport Fightpath Fund
​Edinburgh Airport Community Support. 

Aberdeen Airport may also have a related fund.

Scottish Land Fund The Scottish Government has reopened the Scottish Land Fund with a budget of £6 million.
Funded by the Scottish Government and administered by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Land Fund will offer both funding and guidance to help rural communities throughout Scotland buy their own land and land.

Climate Related and Green Energy Funding


The Climate Challenge Fund Climate Challenge Fund offers grants to a range of community organisations to help with the planning, learning, communication and most importantly, action to reduce carbon emissions. The projects can involve a range of actions, from helping us to use less energy, or walk and cycle more, to local sustainable food. The projects should be delivered in the context of the wider environmental, social and economic dimensions, that give people new skills, improve health, help them to work together or provide better community facilities, but carbon reduction must be at the heart of every proposal.

Energy Saving Trust If you are looking for funding for your community project then try the Energy Saving Trust web pages. There is lots of advice and many funding suggestions to be found on their  database at

Green Energy Trust  Local community groups and not for profit organisations and charities within the UK can apply for grants for the installation of renewable technologies. The funding which is available through the Green Energy Trust will provide grants of up to 25,000 (but most projects receive around £10,000) for up to half the cost of the chosen renewable technology. The maximum amount would only be awarded to exceptional projects that tick all the boxes and demonstrate real value for money. Projects also need to have a really strong community benefit and wider educational element. The Trust considers all kinds of renewable technologies, including small-scale hydro, wind power, biomass, landfill gas, solar energy and ground source heat pumps. Applications involving other technologies may also qualify for support. Grant requests must be to support the capital and installation costs of a renewable energy project. The Trust meets twice a year to consider applications - usually during the first week of April and October. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. For more information, please visit Scottish Power Green Trust

E.ON Sustainable Energy Fund The E.ON Sustainable Energy Fund offers grants of up to £20,000 to community groups and not for profit organisations who wish to consider and implement sustainable energy projects in their buildings. Projects that can be considered include; the purchase and installation of one or more renewable energy technologies (e.g. wind, solar thermal, PV, wood etc); the renovation of existing facilities to incorporate micro-generation technology (e.g. the reinstatement of a watermill and the purchase of a turbine to produce hydro-electricity); an energy efficiency makeover for your building that could demonstrate significant energy savings and also behavioural change amongst users; and the use of new or innovative technology to deliver either energy savings or micro-generation capacity. To be eligible organisations must benefit specific groups namely: Education, vulnerable people;and people in fuel poverty. For more information, please visit: at


Mental Health Related Funding

See Me funding...does your gardening project reduce the stigma of mental ill health? If it does, why not apply for funding from See Me at


Funding for areas or groups at disadvantage

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity which was established to support projects in the area of learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected bylearning disability by making grants to voluntary organisations within the UK and the Republic ofIreland working in this field. The Trust consider under learning disability the conditions generally referred to as severe learning difficulties, together with autism. In this area, they consider projects concerning children or adults. Application for funding is normally considered for capital and revenue costs and for both specific projects and for general running/core costs. They will not offer grants for research into or care of those with mental illness or dyslexia. They offer grants from £250 upwards. The next deadline for applications is the 1st October 2010. For more information, please visit Baily Thomas.

John Watson’s Trust awards grants for educational purposes to children and young people under the age of 21 who have a physical or learning disability, or who are socially disadvantaged. Grants are available to individuals or organisations working with eligible children and young people. Although the Trust operates primarily within Edinburgh and the Lothians, grants may be awarded Scotland wide depending on each individual case see John Watson's Trust

Gardening for Disabled Trust offers grants to individuals in order that they may continue to garden, despite advancing illness, age or disability. In order to apply for a grant, individuals must be a member of the Trust's Garden Club and have a written note from their GP, social worker or occupational therapist, describing their disability. The Trust offers a range of support measures such as; adapting private gardens to meet the special needs of the disabled; making grants towards tools, raised beds, paving and greenhouses; providing help with special gardens in hospitals, centres and schools; distributing information on garden aid and techniques; providing a forum for disabled gardeners by publishing the Garden Club magazine. The Trust committee meets once a month to consider applications. For more information, please visit:

The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation provides grants to charities for educational projects, music composition and performances, herbal medicine, medical research, disability, and farming related projects.Grants of up to £20,000 are available to registered charities with a turnover of less than £500,000. The Foundation favours supporting small charities that will carry out the project themselves (except in the case of medical research), who rely on volunteers and who can demonstrate a successful history of projects. The Trustees will usually meet to consider applications in January, April, July, and October. Applications need to be submitted before the last week in the month before the next meeting. For example, for an application to be considered at the January meeting, applicants will need to submit it before the last week of December. For more information, please visit

Elifar Foundation Support for people with severe disabilities Who can apply? People with severe disabilities or their representatives Every Life Is For A Reason (ELIFAR) Grants can be offered to fund any piece of specialised equipment or course of therapy for a severely disabled child or adult resident in the UK. Applications must be supported by evidence from a health care professional that the grant will make a significant improvement to quality of life and that funds to purchase the equipment/ therapy are unavailable elsewhere. For more information, please visit:

The Archer Trust What's it for? Support for disadvantaged people. Who can apply? Small UK charities. What is available? Between £250 and £3,000 The Trust helps small UK charities which support needy or deserving people, for example people with physical or mental disabilities or the disadvantaged, and operating in areas of high unemployment. For more information, please visit Archer Trust.

Woodward Trust The Trust aims to support small-scale, locally-based charitable initiatives in the UK. Applications are accepted from UK registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £250,000. For more information, please visit: Woodward Charitable Trust.

Santander Foundation Discovery Grants

The Cranfield Trust The Cranfield Trust is a nationally respected charity providing free management consultancy for charities and social enterprise groups involved in issues of poverty, disability or social exclusion. Highly skilled managers from the commercial sector act as Trust volunteers throughout the country. Volunteers donate their time and expertise to support the voluntary sector, providing advice and mentoring on a wide range of issues to improve management effectiveness, such as: • Business and strategic planning • Financial management • Marketing and communications • Developing IT systems • Human Resources and staffing For more information, please visit: Cranfield Trust.


Hilden Charitable Foundation Within the UK, the Hilden Charitable Fund makes grants to projects that address disadvantage, notably by supporting causes which are less likely to raise funds from public subscriptions. In particular, the Fund wants to support projects that address homelessness, asylum seekers and refugees, Community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people, Penal Affairs. Preference is given to supporting small community organisations with an income of less than £200,000 per year. For more information, please visit: Hilden Charitable Fund.


Funding for rural projects

LEADER is part of the Scotland Rural Development Programme, aimed at promoting economic and community development within rural areas. It replaces the Leader+ programme that ran from 2000 to 2006, and encourages new and experimental approaches to rural development. LEADER is a bottom-up method of delivering support for rural development through implementing a local rural development strategy. Support is aimed primarily at small-scale, community driven projects that are pilot and innovative in nature. Information can be found on the new Scotland National Rural website: Rural Development.


Children and Young People


BBC Children in Need are inviting not-for-profit organisations (including registered charities, voluntary organisations, schools, local authorities, churches, social enterprises, community interest groups, universities etc) working with disadvantaged children and young people 18 years and under, living in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, to apply for grants of up to £10,000 through their small grants scheme. BBC Children in Need can only fund projects that focus on the differences made (outcomes) to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. For this reason, when applying for a grant organisations must provide clear evidence that disadvantaged children and young people will be the primary beneficiaries of the project;and experience positive changes in their lives from the activities or services you are providing.BBC Children in Need aims to fund projects where a small amount can make a real contribution to the success of the project. Grants can be used to cover both, capital and revenue costs. For more information, please visit: BBC Children in Need.

Comic Relief UK Grants Programme
For grants to make a difference to the lives of young people in the UK
Comic Relief provides both capital and revenue and can pay for up to 100% of projects costs but they encourage applicants to get some of their funding from other sources. Comic Relief grants 


Jude Dunn Land Fund