Application Criteria

Who can apply?

The Community Classrooms campaign is open to partnerships between local community groups and local primary schools who have access to a new, developing or established community/school garden. The community group/primary school partnership must meet the following criteria:

If you are a community group:

  • Have a community garden, or allocated space for a new community garden, located less than a 10 minute walk from a primary school
  • Agree to allocate a minimum of four 1m x 1m raised beds for school use within the community garden
  • Agree to host a monthly school gardening club at the community garden (run by a teacher, parent or community member)
  • Agree to fundraise (with the help of the primary school) at least 25% of the funding (€900)
  • Have suitable Public Liability Insurance

If you are a primary school:

  • Have a school garden, or allocated space for a new school garden, that you agree to share with a local community group
  • Agree to host a monthly school gardening club at the community garden (run by a teacher, parent or community member)
  • Agree to fundraise (with the help of the community group) at least 25% of the funding (€900)
  • Have suitable Public Liability Insurance

We also ask that the community/school garden has, or will use the allocated funding to develop*, the following facilities to create a suitable Community Classroom:

  • A secure storage space to store equipment
  • Easy access to a toilet (compost or otherwise)
  • Access to running water
  • A wildlife pond and/or a secure area to keep hens
  • Access to a covered space (shed, prefab, etc.) that can be used as a classroom in bad weather

* If you plan to use the allocated funding to develop facilities, please outline details in your application form

Before you apply

Before filling in the application form you will need to ensure you have actioned the following:

  • Secured a suitable area for a community/school garden, if you do not have one established or in development
  • Liaised with relevant personnel at a local primary school or community group to get the school’s/community group’s commitment to be involved in the Community Classroom initiative, which will last for 12 months
  • Completed, signed and dated a Letter of Commitment (download a PDF template or Word template) confirming the partnership between the primary school and community group (you will be required to upload this as part of the application process)
  • Ensured that the school and community group have suitable Public Liability Insurance
  • Set up and agreed a plan to fundraise at least 25% of the funding (€900)
  • If necessary, opened a community group or school bank account (no funding will be paid into personal bank accounts)