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Competitions, offers and funds

Here you will find opportunities to win exclusive food growing resources and training for your school, as well as offers and funding opportunities. Look out for offers and enter our competitions to win!

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Current competitions and offers


Local School Nature Grants Programme

Food Growing Schools: London's lead partner Garden Organic are delighted to be a supplier in the Local School Nature Grants Scheme, helping schools branch out into nature

What do birdboxes, bee hotels, den making kits and nature experts all have in common? They are all available free to schools as part of Learning through Landscapes' new Local School Nature Grants Programme, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery:

The suppliers for this grants scheme are Garden Organic, Glasgow Wood Recycling, Outdoor People, RSPB, MindStretchers and Touchwood.

Learning through Landscapes is a UK charity dedicated to enhancing outdoor learning and play for children. The grants provide an assortment of nature equipment and training up to the value of £1000. The packages are customisable, enabling schools to choose from a menu of items which best suit their learners and their setting. All schools in England, Scotland and Wales are welcome to apply.

Budding Gardeners 2017

RHS Garden Wisley
All schools and groups are invited to design their best mini show garden based around the theme, Famous Five Go on a Garden Adventure! Click here to read about the competition and apply to take part. Applications close Monday 20th March 2017. The RHS Campaign for School Gardening Team

RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2017

Do you have students, staff or volunteers who are dedicated and passionate gardeners? Now is your chance to nominate them for one of our RHS School Gardeners of the Year Awards and have the chance of winning great prizes for them and your school. This year RHS are thrilled to announce that Gabriel Ash, manufacturers of beautiful timber greenhouses, have kindly donated a huge selection of prizes for this year's winners and finalists. Prizes include a Classic Eight greenhouse worth £3,425 and fantastic coldframes worth up to £699! In addition there are vouchers, gloves, tools and more to win. So why not give it a go and nominate your gardening stars for one of our three awards:

  • RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2017 (a young person aged 5-16)
  • RHS School Gardening Champion of the Year 2017 (an adult within your school)
  • RHS School Gardening Team of the Year 2017 (a team of young people)

And it's not about who is the best gardener, but who has the most passion and dedication when working outdoors. Click here to nominate now. The deadline for nominations is Friday 28th April 2017.

Grandparent Gardening Week Competition

27 to 31 March 2017, Nationwide
It’s not too late to get involved in Food for Life’s Grandparent Gardening Week. Taking place from 27th-31st March 2017, Grandparent Gardening Week is a great way to involve your community in school life and kick start your garden into action after the winter. This year there is a great competition to get involved in too. Prizes include a Polytunnel, roll out sensory garden and a veg trug!  Just share your Grandparent Gardening Week photos on Twitter using the hashtag #FFLGGWeek.

Competition deadline - 28 April 2017

Please note – you need to be a Food for Life school to enter the competition. Membership starts at just £25. Find out more here

Give it a Grow

Register on the Garden Organic’s Give it a Grow pledge page. Explore the resources!

Garden Organic are encouraging everyone to 'Give it a grow' and grow something tasty you can eat.

Taking part is easy. If you've not grown your own before then make a pledge and choose to grow one of our recommended vegetables. If you have grown before but want to help others then first make a pledge, then recruit a new grower, download the growing cards and help them make their first attempt a success.

The Growing Cards:

The simple and easy-to-use instruction cards are great for those new to growing. Garden Organic has selected 10 of the most popular fruit and vegetables which are simple to grow, delicious to eat, and will grow happily and healthily in a pot.

We would love to see your pledge in action – so if you want to upload and tag us in any photos, then please go ahead!

Your pledge will go towards the GROWATHON target of over 50,000 young growers in London, supporting the Food Growing Schools: London project! So what are you waiting for? Loads of great Garden Organic resources are online for FREE!

Tesco Bags of Help Scheme

Grants of up to £5,000 available for schools and groups in England, Wales and Scotland
Tesco Bags of Help scheme now available all year round for outdoor projects

Tesco has announced that its Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme will now be permanently open for applications from schools and community groups across England, Wales and Scotland*.The scheme will fund projects that help physically improve outdoor spaces or encourage the use and long term sustainability of outdoor spaces. Projects that are likely to receive funding include developing a community garden, purchasing equipment for a community allotment, buying resources for encouraging biodiversity, providing forest school sessions, supporting horticultural training for young people, and setting up a Britain in Bloom group.Three projects will be selected each month and Tesco customers will be asked to vote for their favourite. Following the public vote, the project in first place will receive up to £5,000, second place up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.The Bags of Help scheme is funded by the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores and every year, over 7,000 projects will benefit from one of these fantastic grants. To find out more about the scheme and to see if you are eligible, head to the Tesco Bags of Help page.

*Unfortunately the scheme is not available for projects in Northern Ireland as carrier bag money is managed centrally by the Government. 

Ridan Composting System - 10% discount

Ridan Composting are offering a 10% discount to all ‘Food Growing Schools' for their composting system.

The best compost is home-made and free, school food waste, all of it, not just vegetables and fruit, but also cooked food, meat, bread, pasta, eggs and cheese can all be converted into great compost at school by using a simple machine, the ‘Ridan’. In as little as 12 weeks all of that food waste can be turned into compost, then spread on the garden where it will feed your next crop of delicious vegetables and fruit. Ridan food waste composting systems are designed to stand outside, they don’t use any power and they are a simple interactive way to recycle all school food waste on site. For full details please see or call 01598 751043. Ridan are currently offering a 10% discount to all ‘Food Growing Schools’.

Teach a Man to Fish - School Enterprise Challenge

A student-led, business start-up competition for schools around the world. The competition guides and supports teachers and students to set up real school businesses, creates socially responsible young entrepreneurs and helps students generate profit for their school, or social cause of their choice.

RHS Photo of the Month competition

Have your photo displayed on the RHS Campaign for School Gardening website and win a prize! Every month RHS select a photo to become their Photo of the Month. Photos can be of your whole school garden, part of the garden, your latest crop, your gardening pupils - anything! The winner will be notified and sent some gardening goodies.

Deadline: Ongoing - competition takes place every month!

Funding Opportunities

March 2017 Deadlines

The Greggs Foundation offers grants up to £2,000 for schools and community groups to run projects that improve the local environment. Deadline 3 March.

The British Ecological Society offer up to £2,000 for projects that promote ecological science to a wide audience. Deadline 22 March.

UnLtd offers £500-£5,000 to support young people (16-24 years old) to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community. Deadline 24 March.

The Tree Council offers £100 - £700 to schools who would like to engage children 16 and younger in tree planting during National Tree Week 2017 (26 Nov – 4 Dec). Deadline 31 March.

The Orchard Windfalls Fund offers £100 - £700 to schools and community groups to plant apple and pear trees with the condition that children aged sixteen or under are involved in the planting. Deadline 31 March.

April 2017 Deadlines

The Biffa Awards offers £10,000 - £75,000 to projects that transform open spaces for the benefit of the community. Deadline 20 April.

Donate money, items and skills to schools...

With the School Funding Network, donors can offer anything that might be of interest to a school, whether they are a local business offering free products or a native speaker offering language help. Check the major donor challenges section to find current school gardening offers and opportunities.