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Could you apply for an RHS community wellbeing grant?

Could you apply for an RHS community wellbeing grant?

Anyone who is a keen a gardener knows about the physical and mental benefits that gardening brings. Getting outside in the fresh air, connecting with nature, digging, pruning and planting and the satisfaction of seeing something grow are all significant factors in the sense of wellbeing that horticulture promotes.

Increasingly this is being recognised by a whole range of organisations, from the NHS to the government. As the organisation responsible for running and promoting Britain in Bloom, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has long understood the benefits of growing plants. As part of a drive by the RHS to raise awareness of mental and physical wellbeing, they have invited applications for a grant that can be used to fund horticultural community wellbeing projects.

With a deadline of 7th March, people will need to act fast. So, what is the grant all about and how can you apply?

What is on offer?

The RHS Community Wellbeing Grant is offering sums of between £5,000 and £10,000 for successful applications. Projects must run in 2022 with any grant monies spent by the end of 2022, even if the project continues afterwards. In fact, projects with ongoing long term benefits for the local community will be looked on most favourably.

Will my project qualify?

The RHS is looking for creative ways that participants can be put at the heart of a gardening project. These could be new or current initiatives. Qualifying projects could include activities such as running skills workshops, improving access to a garden, developing a green space or encouraging different areas of the community to connect through inclusive programmes such as intergenerational planting. Ideally, projects will be user-led and responsive to an identified need within their community.

Applications from areas with high levels of socio-economic deprivation are welcomed, as are projects that aim to engage a demographic that may not traditionally be so involved in gardening, e.g. young people or people with disabilities.

It is desirable that consideration should be given to how a project’s impact on wellbeing can be measured, but successful applications without this in place will be provided with a framework for evaluation.

Is my organisation eligible?

Eligible organisations include:

  • Community and voluntary groups
  • Registered charities
  • Social enterprises
  • Community gardens and allotment associations. This includes community gardening groups registered with RHS programmes such as Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood

NB. Grants cannot be paid to individuals, so the organisation will need to have a bank account.

Groups that cannot apply include mainstream education providers, organisations outside the UK or groups that are currently in receipt of an RHS grant.

To be in with a chance of success, applicants also need to have the following:

  • Relevant safeguarding policies
  • Risk assessment of the site and/or activity
  • Data management policies if collecting sensitive data from participants
  • Ways of evaluating participants’ wellbeing (either in place or planned)
  • Public liability insurance
  • Land permissions if required

The grant can be used to fund a wide variety of expenses including equipment and materials, training costs, marketing costs and translation services.

Interested in applying before 7th March?

If you have any questions about applying or want to know more about whether your project is eligible for consideration, email communities@rhs.org.uk. To lodge an application or for more details, visit the RHS website.

Amberol can help with your community wellbeing project using self-watering planters to bring colour to grey areas, using litter bins to improve litter collection and supplying benches and picnic tables made from recycled plastic for communal areas. Call 01773 830 930 or email sales@amberol.co.uk for more information.