Business Offers & Discounts
Growing Together has scoured the corporate sector to find out what support is available to community growers from the business world. Take a look at the great opportunities we have found below and follow the instructions or links to take part or make an application (Updated January 2018).
Wilko does much of its work with communities through the ‘Helping Hands’ scheme. You can ask for support in the form of a gift card, donation or employee volunteering. With more than 387 stores across the country, there will be a Wilko near you, so why not give it a go!
A packaging company that sponsors the Green Flag Award. Their funding scheme is open to charities involved in environmental improvement or education and training - so perfect for community growing groups!
Scottish and Southern Energy
If your mains supplier is Scottish and Southern Energy, or if they are undertaking work in your area, you may be able access their employee volunteering initiative 'Be The Difference'. Again this is through the completion of a simple form. Check to see if you fall within their coverage area by visiting their website.
Santander’s Discovery Days
This programme enables teams around the business to take part in team volunteering days where they’re based. These one-day events provide the perfect opportunity to help organisations in the local area. There is a £250 materials budget available and teams range from 6-20.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0345 612 3570 to apply.
John Lewis & Waitrose
Each month John Lewis and Waitrose stores choose three local good causes to support. Shoppers vote for their preferred cause by placing a token in a box on their way out of the store. Golden Jubilee Trust is a secondment scheme that allows JL employees to spend up to six months fully paid working at a charity of their choice on a specific project where their skills can be used.
Further information online
Every store can donate unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment as part of their Community Reuse Scheme. Items are donated on the understanding that they will be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they are not used.
Visit your local store to access materials
BT's Community Web Kit is a free service that allows you to build and maintain a website for your charity or non-profit community group that will really make an impact.
The Screwfix Foundation funds projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK.
Environmental projects run by community organisations, schools and parish councils located within the Wessex Water region are eligible to apply for small grants up to £1500. Projects should have a tangible outcome and support the community and environment within the Wessex Water region.
Ford Britain Trust provides grants up to £3,000 for projects focusing on education, environment, children, the disabled, youth activities and projects that provide clear benefits to the local communities close to their UK locations. The Trust particularly encourages applications from Ford employees, but is open to all, provided that the qualifying organisations meet the selection criteria.
Leeds Building Society
Provides grants of £250 - £1000 to registered charities alleviating disadvantage in the UK. Grants are only available to cover capital costs and are awarded four times a year. Apply online.
Persimmon Community Champions
Gives donations of up to £1,000 to local groups and charities in the UK, which have already raised vital funds themselves. Complete the short online form, explaining why your group or charity deserves a donation and how much you’ve already raised. Apply online.
Matches teams of young professionals with high-performing and commercially minded charities to raise funds and address a business problem over six months. Only registered charities with at least two paid members of staff are eligible for the programme.