Grants and Outreach

School project at Wimpole Hall folly

Small Grants Scheme

Scheme update – Round 2

A grant application has been approved from the second funding round, which closed on 30 June 2022. CGT Chairman, Liz Whittle, gave the following update.

“We are pleased to announce that the Trust’s Small Grants Scheme has awarded a grant of £248 to Swavesey Community Orchard. This local initiative has created a new 40-tree community orchard on the edge of Swavesey, within easy walking distance of the guided busway between Cambridge and St Ives, and with parking close by. As well as a range of traditional apples, pears, gages and plums, there are wildflowers under the trees.

This grant will enable purchase of permanent labels embossed with each fruit tree’s variety and name. The aim is to maintain and develop the orchard for the benefit of Swavesey residents, visitors and wildlife, and to encourage community involvement. Permanent labelling of each tree will help to conserve local and heritage fruit trees and educate and add to the visitors’ enjoyment of the orchard, especially during the annual harvest.”

The third round call for applications is now open and will close on 31 December 2022.

Previous Award Winners

£337.50 for the Woodlands MacMillan Treatment Centre of Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon. This will pay for an ornamental flowering cherry tree and roses to enhance and enliven an open space in the garden, for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors to the hospital.

£250 for the Springbank Ward Sensory Garden, a therapeutic garden at Fulborn Hospital, Cambridge. The money will go towards creating the garden and buying plants, seeds and equipment. The garden will create an area of sensory experience that will be beneficial to the service users.

£230 for the Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden Trust. This is to pay for plant labelling equipment. Plant labels will have various educational benefits, will enable better accuracy and will enhance visitors’ enjoyment of the gardens.

Information about the scheme and how to apply for grants can be found below.

Scheme background and details for applicants

From 2010 to 2015 CGT funded a five-year outreach programme to raise public awareness of Cambridgeshire’s green spaces. Our most successful activities involved providing small grants for schools and other institutions to develop projects that aligned with the Trust’s aims.

Now, we are delighted to announce a new Small Grants Scheme whereby groups, charities and individuals may apply for grants of up to £500 to support, in whole or in part, projects within Cambridgeshire that meet the Trust’s aims (see below). These broadly could be for park and garden works, community benefit, education or research.

The scheme is effective immediately, will last for 5 years, and will have two calls for applications per year with closing dates at the end of June and December. Evaluations will be coordinated by CGT Chair, Liz Whittle, and applicants will receive decisions by the end of the month following closure of each call.

Further details on funding eligibility, guidance for applicants and an application form can be found by downloading these two documents:
SGS Notes For Applicants
SGS Application Form
When completed, the application form can be submitted, at any time, as an email attachment to

The Small Grants Scheme is funded initially by a budget of £5,000 from the Trust’s reserves and we expect it to be sustained through surpluses from event charging, fund-raising and donations. If you would like to get involved, or have a project that you think would benefit from our help, or if you would like to make a donation to support the programme, please contact us at

Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust Aims:
– to promote the education of the public on matters of the history of garden land;
– to conserve, enhance and re-create for the education and enjoyment of the public, garden land that may exist or have existed in Cambridgeshire and the unitary authority of Peterborough.