The Welsh Government, Directorate of Environment and Development are inviting applications for to their small-scale project funding stream, offering grants of £1,000 to £15,000. The deadline for applications is 11 September 2015, with the activity proposed needing to be completed by 31 March 2016.
The Welsh Government are looking to fund projects that demonstrate multiple benefits to the community. We know that community growing projects offer so much more to the people you work with than just the growing aspect, so don’t be shy and make sure you sing your own praises in your application! We’ve clarified some questions from our network about Small Scale Project Funding in relation to community growing below:
- The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate Small Scale Project Funding is for Community groups and Third Sector organisations including Parent Teacher Associations, Cylch Meithrin and Town or Community Councils but not for local authorities.
- As long as a project demonstrates the goals set out in the Well-being and Future Generations Act, & wider benefits, will you consider funding an existing project that hasn’t been funded by yourselves previously but by others? We will consider projects that have been funded elsewhere previously, including by Environment Wales.
- Is there a percentage guidance of the total amount requested that can be allocated towards staff costs for the project? There is no percentage allocated, however we would not want the majority of the project funding to be spent on staff costs.
- The reference in the guidance to community gardens and allotments talks about sighting these on wasteland. Our rural communities may not have ‘wasteland’ as such but would be looking to create a project on say an underused field, church land, verges and patches of grassed council land etc. If a project is creating a new growing space or community garden on a site which is a brownfield site or a site subject to antisocial behaviour, fly tipping etc. then it would be scored more highly, but this is not essential. If you can evidence that there is a need for community gardens / allotments in the area and there is a lack of these facilities locally then that will strengthen your application.