Allotment Development Awards

Allotment Development Awards (ADAs)

The ADAs help allotment sites improve and sustain both their communities and their environment. They’re also intended to encourage the sharing of knowledge and practice about good food cultivation and communal wellbeing across the city.

The ADAs are distributed in Glasgow on an area basis, with three awards of £500 each given to an Association in the South, the North East, and the North West to help them move forward with an improvement project.

The awards are decided on the basis of presentations made to an audience of GAF members in August, and the Associations who win the money come back with a report on how they have used it in the following year.

ADAs have been used by associations for a variety of purposes, including to help develop a community space for groups visiting a site, to move work forward the development of a small nature reserve, to provide better access for gardeners with disabilities, and to create a wildlife area and better communal facilities for plotholders.

Who can participate?

Any allotment site within Glasgow City Council boundaries, as long as they operate as a purely voluntary organisation.

(Last year’s winners are excluded from entry.)


  • Mon 17 May

    Submission period opens for Expressions of Interest (required to reserve a slot)

  • Fri 30 July

    Deadline for Expressions of Interest

  • Fri 13 August

    Deadline for proposal titles (along with any slides or handouts to be shown at presentation event)

    Proposals publicised on GAF website

    Members invited to presentation evening

  • Thu 19 August

    Proposals are presented and audience votes for a winner in each region (via Zoom)

  • Thu 4 Nov

    Presentation of awards at GAF AGM

Selection criteria

Presentations are delivered by each contender site at an open public meeting, and judged by the attendees using 3 criteria:

  • Caring for the Earth
  • Building Your Association
  • Making Local Connections

How to apply

Read the full proposal guidance, talk to the committee at your allotment site, and send your Expression of Interest to the GAF secretary.

Previous applications

For inspiration, have a look at the slides and handouts from 2020’s applicants.