Fundraising Ideas – Aim High

Funding and donations for your School or Community Garden, funding from online giving

Your gardens have so much potential to grow beautiful blooms and productive produce, and we want all of our schools and communities to make the most out of their space. Whilst we are always here to provide ideas and suggestions, we understand that sometimes money can get in the way of your inspirational ideas.

But at Cultivation Street, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to get access to those funds, to ensure you have the best resources at your disposal to help you towards your community garden.

Aim high and don’t be afraid to approach the ‘big dogs’. Huge high-street names such as Tesco and B&Q offer funding to communities and schools to help their projects come to fruition.

Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ scheme has donated over £80 million in grants since 2015. By shopping with your own bags, you will receive a blue token which can be placed into the box of the charity that you want to fund when you leave the store. So, by applying for support, your project could be up as a choice for shoppers to get behind. Visit their website and find out who your ‘Community Champion’ is and get in contact. As they say, every little helps!

Be sure to check out other supermarkets with similar support such as Waitrose’s ‘Community Matters’ and The Co-Op’s ‘Local Community Fund’.

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Gardener measuring distances for planting apple trees

As well as supermarkets, B&Q have a Community Re-use system where they donate unsellable materials and products to local community groups and projects. By getting in touch, you could have access to wood, plastic plant pots, trays and half-filled pots of paint. Your details will be added to a database and when local stores have materials available, you will be notified that it’s up for grabs. This is a great way of getting your hands on free materials that will work wonders in your community or school garden especially if you’re on a budget.

Local councils usually have grants available to help school and community ventures, so visit their website and see what their options are. Support could range from direct financial support or partnerships that can help you further.

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Remember, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

If you have any further questions, get in touch at [email protected] so we can help you further or click below to Register for Cultivation Street

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