Do you want to green up your local area? 

Growing Green Spaces grants are available for small community projects or events in publicly accessible spaces. 

Grants of up to £3,000 are available for both new and existing projects. You provide the idea and we’ll help you make it a success. We can help you find out how to get permission, get other people on board, and give you growing advice to get started.

You could turn a neglected space in your area into a community garden, create a place to gather in your local park, sow wildflowers on a verge, start a community orchard or vegetable patch, or organise insect hotel or den-building events. For more ideas, have a look at our current projects and previous projects


Grants are open to community groups and charities, but if you are an individual who wants to apply, please get in touch with the Growing Green Spaces Co-ordinator, Stef Lambert, and she can advise on how you can link up with an existing group or residents’ association.


Send short project pitches (around 150 words) to 
by midnight on Sunday 21 March 2021.

Successful applicants will be invited to supply a few more details by filling out a short form. Grants will be awarded by 12 April 2021.

If you are interested in applying, please feel free to get in touch with Stef (, who will be pleased to help with your application.

If you are applying for Growing Green Spaces funding as part of a larger project that requires funding above £3,000, Stef is happy to advise. You might find this list of other sources of funding that can support green space volunteering projects useful.

Growing Green Spaces is a small grants programme funded by the City of York Council and York CVS.


Our aims are to...

  • Enhance York’s green spaces

  • Alleviate social isolation and mental and physical wellbeing problems in York

  • Boost the number and diversity of green space volunteers

  • Encourage volunteering that is sustainable and has social value


Projects will need to...

  • Take place in publicly accessible space(s)

  • Have the potential to engage volunteering and/or improve the space beyond the life of the GGS grant

  • Address at least one of the GGS project aims

  • Start before September 2021


We will prioritise expressions of interest from...

  • Areas facing social and economic deprivation and/or lack access to green space

  • Groups that have not received GGS funding before

  • Ideas that are inclusive and will engage a diverse mix of people


What will a grant pay for?

The grant will pay for activities and equipment which will promote community involvement beyond the life of the grant. This can include:

  • Designing and delivering new spaces for growing and volunteering

  • Improving existing green spaces (e.g. wildflower areas, picnic areas, accessible green gyms)

  • Tools, equipment, materials (e.g. raised beds, gardening tools, seeds, plants)

  • Facilitated gardening sessions to improve volunteers' skills

  • Art and/or environmental education projects

  • Online promotion of green space projects to potential new volunteers

  • Increasing volunteering management and administration capacity


Who can apply?

The programme is open to York-based community groups and charities. These can be informal groups, residents’ associations, organisations who work to tackle mental and physical health and wellbeing, and social enterprises or charities. The programme is not open to private individuals or businesses.

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