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Growing with Schools: Call for new hubs
Monday, 26 November 2012 11:36

growinginschoolsNew grants of up to £10,000 available for organisations or groups to promote and support growing in schools.

Invitation to Apply for Funding

Gardening in schools is undertaking something of a revival at the moment. It is being recognised as a powerful tool for learning, for building links with parents and the wider community, for informing healthy choices and engaging children with the natural world.  Of course, growing in schools has its very own set of challenges, from fitting the growing season into term time to building the confidence of staff and pupils to have a go. We are very pleased to be able to offer funding and support to 3 organisations or groups (up to £10,000), with grants from The Ashden and The Mark Leonard Trusts. For eligibility see criteria below. 

Background

Growing with Schools is a scheme piloted very successfully in Coventry over the past five years. It has been designed to provide staff and pupils with all the hands-on support they need to start and continue successfully gardening, growing fruit and vegetables and keeping livestock. A partnership between the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG), Coventry City Council’s Education Business Partnership and Sustainable Schools Teaching Award winners Cardinal Wiseman School, it was been funded by the JJ Charitable and the Mark Leonard Trusts. After a very successful start, working with eighty schools, the project is now managed by Cultivating Communities, a community interest company trading arm of FCFCG, and works across the Midlands so that it can continue supporting educational food growing, farming and conservation projects within schools and early year’s settings. Support is now provided under Service Level Agreement contracts.

Timetable

·         Monday 28th January: closing date for applications

·         By 11th February decisions notified to all applicants

·         Residential end March
 

Download the full information for applicants.