Apply for money to develop your community food growing space
This is a quick way of applying for up to £5,000.
You can apply for money from here if:
- you work or volunteer for a charity or community group based in Somerset.
- your charity or community group usually has an income under £250,000.
- You have an existing community growing scheme or are about to start one
We expect most grants to be between £500 and £1,000. You will need to make a good case for more money than this, for example if your group has more than one site or needs to pay staff to deliver your project.
How long does it take to get the money?
You must apply by 5pm, 26 May 2021.
We'll let you know if we can help you by the end of June 2021
You must spend the money and send us a short report by the end of February 2022. We’ll send you an email about the report nearer the time.
How much money do we have to give out?
We give out money in rounds. We have about £50,000 to give out, and there may be another round in the autumn if it is not all spent in this round.
This comes from the Growing Grants fund, supported by Somerset County Council.
Successful grant applicants will be encouraged to share their experiences with others and to take part in learning and celebratory events together. This will be supported by Somerset Community Food.
What sort of things do we want to give money for?
Community food growing schemes can be a great way to socialise, spend time outside and be active. They can also be a great way of making use of underused green spaces. Being outdoors can improve mental well-being, which will be important following the recent Coronavirus outbreak. The outbreak has also shown us that strong food sharing networks and food security are important for our communities.
That means you might want to ask us for money to:
- develop a green space to establish or expand a growing project
- bring people together around food and growing
- cover small costs for a new project such as signs, access, training, publicity, planting or garden equipment
- cover the costs for your group to deliver the project, such as volunteers expenses and running costs
- include related activities such as training, cooking sessions, community meals and celebrations.
We’re more likely to give you money if your charity or community group:
- will support and encourage people who may struggle to access green spaces or growing projects, such as people with physical disabilities or people who have English as a second language
- has thought about how to work with others to improve services and avoid providing the same activities
- has thought about how to make your site accessible for all those that might want to use it
- has considered Covid safety measures
- works in a poorer area of Somerset. We check this using the Index of Multiple Deprivation to see if you work in a richer or poorer part of Somerset. The Government publishes this Index, and you can look at it here.
Who can apply for money?
You can apply if you work or volunteer for a:
- registered charity or charitable incorporated organisation
- community group with a constitution
- community amateur sports club
- community interest company limited by guarantee
- community benefit society
- statutory organisation, like a parish council or a school.
While we can give money to a statutory organisation, like a parish council or a school, we can’t support statutory duties. This means we will not support educational activities for pupils that take place during the school day. We will also not give money for money for school facilities, classroom equipment or to train teachers. We would prefer Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) to ask us for money, rather than schools. You should tell us if your school has a high proportion of pupils accessing Free School Meals.
Your group must have a:
- governing document or set of rules
- committee of at least three unrelated people
- bank account in its name
- safeguarding policy if your work needs one.
Who can’t apply for money?
We will not give money to:
- individuals or sole traders
- national organisations and groups based outside of Somerset
- activities that have already taken place or purchases that you have already made
- groups that give money to another group, rather than spend it on their own activities
- groups that have more than 12 months running costs in free reserves
- the promotion of religion. But we will support secular activities run by faith-based groups
- activities that are about animal welfare.
How do I apply for money?
You can apply for money by clicking on the button below.
You’ll need to provide an email address and then we’ll email you a link to an online form. If you don’t see an email from us after a few minutes, then please check your spam folder.
You don’t have to complete the form in one go. Instead, you can complete some sections then click ‘save draft’ at the bottom of the page. Use the link in your email to return to the form at another time.
You must provide the following information in the form:
- Your group’s name, address and website.
- Your group’s income last year and how much money you have available now.
- Your group’s registration numbers with the Charity Commission or Companies House (if you are registered).
- Your name and contact details.
- Your group’s bank details.
- The contact details of someone who can endorse your work if you’re a new group.
You must then answer some questions. To make this easier, you can download this word document which has all the questions listed and some advice for answering them.
You must then attach the following documents:
- Governing document or set of rules.
- The names and addresses of the people who run your group.
- Your group’s most recent accounts.
- A recent bank statement: We need to see the bank name, your group's name, the address where statements go, the account number and the sort code.
- safeguarding policy if your work needs one.
Finally, you must read the terms and conditions and click ‘submit’.
Please contact us if you can't use the online form or attach any of these documents. We'll support you to make your application in another way.
What do we do with your application?
We’ll email you within one week to confirm that we have received your application. If you don’t hear from us in that time, then please contact us.
A member of our Grants Team will look at your application. If we have a question, then we’ll email you. If preferred, we can arrange a phone call or video call.
The Grants Team will then look at your website and social media, if you have them. We’ll also check with the Charity Commission and Companies House. All this information will then be used to make a recommendation.
Recommendations are considered by our Grants Panel. The Panel will include representatives from Somerset County Council and Somerset Community Food. They’ll consider:
- how your project will support the community
- how your project fits with the guidance as set out above
- how your project fits with other work in the area
- how the project will continue after the money is spent.
If you have any questions, then please get in touch with us. It's usually best to email us on email@example.com but you can also call on 01749 344949.