Resources

Vital information for community groups on becoming financially sustainable

This resource section contains vital information, shaped specifically for either community growing groups looking to become more financially sustainable, or for businesses and organisations which would like to get involved with community growing.  

You'll see some of our latest resources below, or you can use the filters to search for the subject you want. There's information on a host of different ways to improve your financial sustainability and ability to generate income, from crowdfunding tips, to ideas about making money from cut flowers.

 

Latest Resources

Download the full report of the Growing Together initiative.
Useful primer to share with potential business partners, which explains why and how businesses can get involved with local groups of whatever size and scale.
This resource provides information and guidance on how to find out who owns land in Scotland using the national land title registers.
This briefing looks at the effects of VAT on the most likely income streams of community food growers.
The Open University has a wide range of free online courses which could be of interest to managers and trustees of community growing projects.  
For many groups the idea of trading to generate income can be a daunting one, but small-scale trading can generate not only income but new skills for your project.
Growing cut flowers for display and sale can create an income stream as well as having a beneficial impact on your volunteers and beneficiaries. They also look great! 
Social investment tax relief (SITR) is a tax relief for social investment which encourages individuals to support social enterprises and helps them access new sources of finance.
Getting income into your community growing group doesn't just mean fundraising.
Business in the Community (BITC) is a membership organisation that enables and promotes responsible business.
Marketing guide useful for many community growing groups who want to develop a simple, do-able, affordable marketing plan. Produced by Making Local Food Work. 
The Beginners Guide To Growing And Selling Produce is a resource for groups wanting to gain income from produce they are cultivating.