At any one time there will be many grants available, being given often by commercial businesses putting a bit back into the community. Some small grants are relatively easy to get as long as you and your project are eligible. Some are on an annual rolling basis, others just one off initiatives.
Always read and thoroughly understand how and why the grant giver is giving the grants. Your project must be an exact match for you to have a chance of being successful, even with small grants. Most grants are for what you are doing for people, not what you are doing for the park or the flora or fauna although biodiversity must always be included. Involvement of the local community before, during and after is another key component.
Greater Manchester Council have provided a website for sourcing grants at www.gmvss.net
For BIG Lottery grants there is a good information website here
Here a few other smaller grants that are available -
Each Local Area committee has a small annual fund of £3000 to give to community based groups for start-up or one off projects. Maximum grant is usually £500.
The B&Q One Planet Living (OPL) Grant offers between £50 and £250 of B&Q materials to schools, community groups and charitable organisations for long-term sustainable projects. Each store has a budget and the grant year runs from February to September - get your application in early!
Only available March to July each year. OK, it's only £50 but that will buy tools and other equipment that you might not otherwise get funding for. So get your £50 worth!
Great for practical work and available all year round. Paint, wood, end of line clearance. Contact you local store (or stores!).
Also at B & Q Stockport there is usually a large choice of offcuts, sometimes substantial, by the wood cutting service. Perfect for repair work. Just ask if you are taking a lot of bits.
Available to some areas of west Stockport, including parts of Cheadle, Gatley, Heald Green, the Heatons and Reddish. £250 to £5000 available to make a difference to a local facility, be it a community building, nature reserve, cultural facility or outdoor space.
Administered through BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers). Grant upto £120 for Start up costs and Support grants of £350 (new groups can apply for both!).
You can apply to Awards for All if you are a community group, not for profit group. Grants of £300 to £10,000 for improving environment and healthier lifestyles.
If your group wants to start a health activity in your park then you may be entitled to the IMPACT grant. It is a one off grant and must be health and community based. Can be used for one off events like fun days.
Grants of £100 to £2000 for projects that are community based
Various grants for many different projects. As they handle 60 funding streams, many very specific, it is best to telephone and ask advice. They are very helpful.
ASDA Foundation Get Involved Tell: 0161-429 9959, The Events Organiser
If your greenspace is in the vicinity of Asda talk to the Events Organiser and see if Asda can help. Grants can only be given after the store has had involvement with the project.
Community Re-Paint (You'll love this one!)
Not a grant in money, but in paint! Paint is donated for use by voluntary groups.
Run by Tree of Life, Mr Jeremy Longman, St. Marks United Reform Church, Oatlands Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M22 1AH Tel:0161 4370835 email@example.com
Grants of up to £500 for tree planting projects. Novel ideas with some match funding are especially welcomed.
Grants of up to £3000 for environment and community benefit. Match funding would make an application more acceptable.
UK Villages Community Kitty
Register your group on the website and you can apply for small grants of £50 - £300 for a clearly identifiable project.