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Greenshoots grants

The Greenshoots small grants fund helps residents to improve community life on their estates. Groups of residents on our estates can apply for grants to fund projects and activities that support community activity, get more residents involved, and make a difference to everyone living on the estate.  

A resident group can be a made up of a social group, a special interest group (such as a gardening group), or a residents association. The only requirement is that the group has a bank account.

We offer grants of:

  • Up to £500 per estate for one social trip or event
  • Up to £2,000 for one estate project or a series of activities
  • And a new bi-annual category of up to £5,000 to support social enterprise

We ask residents to raise 20% of the total cost of their project, trip, event or activity. Residents can be very creative in their fundraising ideas and are often helped by estate staff.  Both residents and staff can also source additional funding through our community fundraising portal.

What are Greenshoots grants used to pay for?

We have recently updated the application criteria for which we will consider funding applications:

Getting active and being connected

Arranging an event or an activity that connects residents or neighbouring estates and communities. This could be a one-off or series of events. Examples include; reminiscence therapy, garden improvements, dance classes, ‘Oomph’ classes (specialised exercise classes for older people run by trained resident volunteers), computer or digital skills training. One-off events can apply for up to £500, whilst ongoing activities can apply for up to £2,000. We encourage intergenerational events and activities.

Increasing resident involvement

Some residents might be unable to take part in social activities or find it difficult to be involved in decision-making about estate issues due to lack of accessibility.  This could be due to hearing problems, sight problems, lack of wheelchair access or where English is not their first language. Your application could be for making improvements to accessibility, such as access to a garden patio, purchasing hearing loops for a common room, the use of an interpreter for estate activities, or ways to make getting involved more straightforward.

Living well on estates

Your project could help improve the quality of life for residents where you live, by making improvements to your environment. This could include building raised vegetable beds in a garden, creating a sensory garden, planting a wildlife area, or building  a covered seating area to create areas for social interaction. Other examples include learning, activities or classes based around common hobbies and interests, such as book groups that could also use support tools for those who perhaps no longer find reading as easy.

Supporting social enterprise

We have extended the Greenshoots programme to offer grants to resident groups who want to try something exciting and new. A ‘social enterprise’ is set up like a business that has social, charitable or community-based objectives. A grant of up to £5,000 is now available twice a year to support social enterprises which aim to meet a specific local or community need, or work with community partners to bring people together, such as the project ‘Men in Sheds’.  The first deadline for submission for this category is 20 October 2017.

Here are a couple of examples of Greenshoots grants in action:

How to apply

Before applying, you should read the application guidance, frequently asked questions, and scoring guide. This information will tell, you what the assessment panel is looking for.

Greenshoots application guidance notes
Frequently asked questions
Scoring guide

To apply to the Greenshoots small grants fund you need to complete a Greenshoots application form. You will find both a printable version of the form and continuation sheets, and a version which you can complete online below.

Editable Application Form - for those who want to type their application (download to edit)
Editable Continuation Sheets - for those who want to type their application (download to edit)

Greenshoots applications are reviewed on a monthly basis by an assessment panel consisting of four Hanover residents and three members of staff. If you would like to be considered to be on the panel, please complete an Intouch Registration Form.

Greenshoots funds still available for this financial year!

So far this year we have given over £25,000 in Greenshoots grants to 23 resident groups. The applications were for a variety of events, activities or estate improvements designed to support the community, increase resident involvement and improve quality of life.

The dates for the next financial year (from April 2017) are:


Submission deadline                               

Decision date                                      
25 August 2017
15 September 2017
27 September 2017 12 October 2017
20 October 2017 (to include social enterprise applications) 10 November 2017
24 November 2017 15 December 2017
22 December 2017 12 January 2018


Please contact Shona Martin, Service Development Assistant, on 01480 475 069 or via email to engagement@hanover.org.uk for any support you might require with an application.

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