Welcome to the Gardening with Disabilities Trust ‘Applying for a Grant’ page.
We’re a small, volunteer-only charity with a specific remit – that is to help you back into gardening. We urge you to head to our clients’ stories and newsletter sections of our website where you will find inspiring and creative projects funded by the charity. We also request that you read this page carefully….we cannot progress applications which are outside of our remit or which are incomplete.
Typically we can pay for:
- Raised beds
- Poly Tunnels
- Small-scale garden adaptations. e.g. access pathways.
- Plants or Shrubs
We cannot pay for
- General/ongoing maintenance
- Tree removal
Regrettably we cannot give grants for children.
We welcome all genuine applications and ask that you follow the process below.
However, if we believe an application to be fraudulent we will deal robustly and will not hesitate to inform the police and all appropriate authorities.
Please bear in mind that Gardening with Disabilities Trust is an all-volunteer charity, and that processing applications takes time. Please read carefully the notes provided on this page and ensure that your application has all the requested supporting documentation and adheres to our guidelines. Typically, it will take around 2 months between receiving your application and award of a grant.
Step 1 – Apply for a Grant
When you’ve worked out your project, complete your application form and send it to us : either apply online using the green button below (this works best if you have good broadband speed) or download the Word form below (the black button – it will open in a new window) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it by post to: Gardening with Disabilities Trust, PO Box 285, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 9JD.
Make sure you enclose/attach the following (we cannot process your application without them):
- 2 quotations from your suppliers (if you are requesting a grant to modify your garden).
- The detail about your project, what you are needing and how much it costs. For example, if you would like a raised bed, then you might need to detail raised bed £x, potting compost £y. Don’t forget to include delivery costs.
- It’s always good if you can enlist friends, family or voluntary organisations to carry out some of the labour for you if you are unable to do it yourself/need extra help.
Step 2 – Review by Case-Worker
Your application will be passed to a case-worker – one of our experienced volunteers – who will review it carefully. He/she may come back to you and ask you some questions about your project or for some additional form of ID.
Step 3 – Review by Committee/Award of Grants
All viable applications will be discussed at our Committee Meeting. These take place roughly every 2 months, so please be patient. If successful, we will let you know, and arrange to make the payment to you either in the form of vouchers or to your chosen supplier.
Step 4 – Implementation & Follow up
We ask you to send receipts (for our auditors) and photos of how you’ve used the grant. In certain instances, we will contact you to arrange a visit to see the outcome in situ. Some of our clients keep in touch for years afterwards, and we are delighted by that.
We reserve the right to investigate applications including visits to your garden, Google and Google Earth searches and on social media. We insist on seeing receipts for materials and work carried out, matched to the grant.
It is your responsibility to check planning permissions, landlords consent and other statutory permissions. Before digging make sure you know the route of any utility services.
We pay builders/suppliers on your behalf. We never pay builders “up-front”. Please please ensure that you are using a reputable supplier – ask around for recommendations or use a trusted trader scheme.
In some circumstances, it may be possible to obtain VAT-relief on the cost of adaptations required for your personal use as a result of your disability. We cannot advise on this and recommend you seek the advice of a tax specialist: it remains your responsibility to check whether your work is eligible for such relief. You may find some useful information here.
You can upload all of the information to us on the online application form above, or send it to us as an email at: email@example.com, or pop it in the post to: Gardening with Disabilities Trust, PO Box 285, Tunbridge Wells. Kent. TN2 9JD.