There are many different funding options for community food growing projects, from small pots from your local council or local shops, to larger amounts from charitable trusts. The options below are just a few starting points, as there are many more possibilities for sourcing funding.

Islington Council local funding

Information on sources of funding for community projects based in Islington, including Local Initiatives Fund offering small grants for activities and improvements in neighbourhoods in Islington

(if you are based in a different borough, check your local council website for details as many councils offer local ward funding)

Voluntary Action Islington

Organisation supporting social action in Islington. Includes a section on finding funding for your project, as well as other resources for running a community project.

Shop community funds e.g. Coop, Tesco etc

Various websites e.g. Cooperative Community Fund

Many national shop chains have a community fund to support local community projects, often for customers to vote for. Ask in shops local to you, or search online

Alec Dickson Trust

Offer grants of up to £500 to individuals or groups of young people aged 30 or under, towards setting up or running a community project

Awards for All

Big Lottery Fund small grants between £300 and £10000 to support community projects


Offer support and funding for those wishing to establish a social enterprise

Funding Central

Funding Central provides access to information on grant funding opportunities from local, national and international funding sources as well as social investment from a range of providers