Funds for gardening, cooking and community projects


There are lots of different ways to find funding and support for your Secret Seed Society activities. You can often find funding from your local authority, sponsorship in your local community or you can organise fundraising yourself.

Fundraise by selling Secret Seed Society Story & Seed Packs

If you are making an order of more than 20 Story & Seed Packs we offer you £2.00 off the retail price. We are happy for you to sell these books at a mark up to support your time working with a local Seed Agent Club and to buy other equipment and materials for your Secret Seed Society activities. Group Discount Code

Funds for gardening, cooking and community projects

Applying for funds to support a Seed Agent Club and the purchase of the packs is made easier with this guide to national organisations that provide grants for gardening, cooking and community projects that improve lives. The following list is a good place to start when looking for funding opportunities, the council and the library notice board can often have more local opportunities. Click on the different titles for further information.

Lottery Funding

This site provides information on current funding programmes across the UK.

Big Lottery Fund

Every year they give out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. They fund community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment.

Let’s get cooking

The aim is to set up a network of 5,000 cooking clubs across England for children, families and the wider community.  This includes opportunities for funding for cooking equipment and running costs of the club itself, as well as training for adult helpers and a range of child-friendly resources.

Eco Schools

Over 250 schools have applied for a grant through the ‘Switched on Communities’ scheme in the last two years and successful schools shared almost £100,000. The scheme has funded everything from wind turbines and solar panels to energy saving light bulbs, light sensors and draught excluders.

Local Food Grants

Local Food distributes lottery grants to different food-related projects to help make locally grown food accessible and affordable to local communities.

Ernest Cook Trust

The Ernest Cook Trust provides grants between £100 and £4000. They encourage education of the environment and countryside for young people.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

The Foundation makes over 300 grants and distributes more than £2 million each year. The average grant awarded by the Foundation is £5,000.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

They make grants that help fund specific activities and innovative ways of increasing the learning opportunities of people within the UK.

The Conservation Foundation

The Conservation Foundation promotes positive environmental awareness. Up to 60 projects receive awards every month, designed to support individuals and groups making a positive change in their community.

It’s Your Community Initiative

Awards are made up to £1,000 to local groups and individuals. They provide awards for initiatives that benefit the local community.

Hilton in the Community Foundation

Focusing on disadvantaged children and young people, the Foundation supports activities in education and health to relieve suffering and equip individuals.

Food Standards Agency Award based in Wales

If your project contributes to improving diet in your local community, you could apply for a Food Standards Agency Award.

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