The Royal Horticultural Society has is inviting community organisations to apply for funding for the second of year of its grassroots gardening programme.
£100,000 is currently (at the time of posting) available to community gardening projects in Yorkshire to encourage sustainable gardening.
The fund, which is supported by Kärcher is also promoting their new range of watering equipment.
Grants of up to £10,000 to cover capital costs such as site-based improvement works including planting schemes with associated landscaping. Small grants up to £500 will cover set-up costs.
One application picked at random will also win a visit from multi-RHS-medal winner and Kärcher watering range ambassador, Diarmuid Gavin, who will share gardening tips and present the group with new water-saving products worth hundreds of pounds.
Gavin said: “This is an awesome venture that will ultimately help improve many people’s lives, as well as the environment, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.
“In this climate, it can be a real struggle to find funding to support important projects, like the creation of allotments, transforming neglected land and creating sustainable planting schemes.
“A key aim of the scheme this year is to enable communities to garden more sustainably so we don’t exhaust our natural resources like water, peat and fuel, and a key way of doing this is by managing water effectively.
“I’ve met so many gardeners who want to make changes to their current practices, such as switching from seasonal to sustainable planting, but they’ve been unable to for lack of funding and we want to change that.”
Last year, more than 100 communities applied for funding and support from the RHS, and 32 groups received grants of up to £8,000. Keighley homeless charity Keyhouse was awarded £5,000 to help build a kitchen garden for its service-users.
The deadline for applications is the 28th February.