Elspeth Thompson Bursary

National Gardens Scheme

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Grant amount: Up to £5,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 31, 2020

Applicant type: Individuals Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: United Kingdom

Location of residency: United Kingdom

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Elspeth Thompson bursaries

In partnership with the RHS, the National Garden Scheme offers annual bursaries in memory of Elspeth Thompson, who died in 2010. Elspeth was an enthusiastic supporter of the National Garden Scheme and wrote a much-loved Urban Gardener column in The Sunday Telegraph. The Elspeth Thompson bursaries support gardening projects aimed at bringing the community together by the sharing and acquiring of horticultural knowledge and skills, and by inspiring a love of gardening across all age groups


The NGS Elspeth Thompson Bursary provides funding to amateur gardeners from community groups in England and Wales to create a garden or project with horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community. 

These projects should be aimed at bringing the community together by the sharing and acquiring of horticultural knowledge and skills and by inspiring a love of gardening.

No fixed amount is set but bursaries do not normally exceed £5,000. Funding could cover, for example, the cost of hand tools, plants, trees, shrubs, containers and seating.

In completing the application it is important to clearly describe the project, state the anticipated short and long-term benefits to the community, how the project will be sustained in the coming years and why you think it should be considered for an NGS Elspeth Thompson Bursary.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Elspeth Thompson Bursary can only be used to support projects based in England and Wales run by amateur gardeners within community groups, resident in England and Wales. 


  • The following items will not be eligible for funding:
    • Promotional costs (e.g. production or printing of leaflets)
    • Hire tools (e.g. rotavators, JCB, shredders, etc.)
    • Transport to visit gardens
    • Insurance cover
    • Educational course fees or training costs
    • Volunteer expenses
    • Salaries