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Greenshoots grants

Our Greenshoots small grants fund helps residents to improve community life on their estates.

Groups of residents on our estates can apply for Greenshoots 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
  • Up to £5,000 to support our bi-annual social enterprise category

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?

The criteria for which we will consider funding applications is as follows:

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’.  

Here are some examples of Greenshoots grants in action:

How to apply

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

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.

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 received applications for a variety of events, activities or estate improvements designed to support the community, increase resident involvement and improve quality of life. Browse our case studies and be inspired by exciting ideas and initiatives brought to life across our estates by residents.

The next available application dates are:

Submission deadlne Decision date
23 January 2019 7 February 2019
25 February 2019 (Social Enterprise too) 7 March 2019

Please contact our Service Development Assistant on 01480 475069 or via email to engagement@hanover.org.uk for any support you might need with an application.