Community planting fund

A new community planting fund has been made available to community groups who wish to deliver projects that aim to enhance Elmbridge’s green spaces.

This fund is open to charities, community interest companies, parish councils, voluntary groups, schools, scouting and girlguiding groups, and other not-for-profit organisations. It can be used for a variety of projects including:

  • Community gardens

  • In-Bloom groups

  • New planters/flower troughs

  • any other projects that would contribute to making Elmbridge a green and brighter borough.

The Green Infrastructure Improvement Fund only has limited resources as a one-off fund. Applications are currently open until 11 October and will open again from 1 February to 13 March 2020. 

You can apply to the Green Infrastructure Improvement Fund for up to £5,000 to fund your project. Each grant application will be scored and funds of up to a maximum of £5,000 per project will be allocated. Partnership funding is encouraged, but in some cases (i.e. for new groups), is not essential.

Applications will be scored against the following criteria:

  • Contribution to create a more attractive, greener borough

  • Community involvement

  • Volunteer recruitment and retention

  • Long lasting, sustainable improvement

  • Biodiversity

If you are considering applying but would like to discuss your idea with us beforehand, please do not hesitate to contact us. We may be able to support you as follows:

  • Support you in developing your ideas and help you decide what is viable

  • Discuss how best to deliver your objectives

  • Provide advice and guidance

  • Help you access other funding sources

We want to make sure that this new fund fosters community engagement and ownership and helps support initiatives important to the local communities.

For more information, please email greenspaces@elmbridge.gov.uk or call 01372 474 568.

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