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Greener City Fund

The Mayor wants London to be the first National Park City, with a target of making more than 50% of the city green by 2050. To help do this, he created the Greener City Fund in summer 2017. This includes:

  • Community Tree Planting and Green Space Grants: £3 million to help Londoners plant trees and make our city greener. These community grants will be offered in several rounds. In the first round, £400,000 was awarded to 29 tree planting projects running from October 2017 – March 2018. Another £1.1 million went to 55 green space projects happening in 2018
  • Strategic green infrastructure projects: £3 million to major projects that bring a range of environmental benefits. This includes £2.1 million Green Capital grant funding to support six large-scale green space projects to start in summer 2018 and £800,000 allocated to nine projects through the Good Growth Fund to increase greening of the built environment
  • London’s urban forest: £3 million to help create new woodlands; pilot new approaches to supporting tree planting in public space; improve data about London’s trees; and support London-wide projects

Explore our Greener City Map to find out about projects we are funding and how to get involved.

Community grants

Applications are now open for round two of the Community Tree Planting Grants.

Do you want to plant more trees in your local park or a community orchard on your estate? Do you want to create a new woodland in your borough?

We’re looking for projects across the capital that will plant thousands of trees and give Londoners the chance to get involved.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 18 June. Projects should take place between September 2018 and March 2019.

For more information, please read the Community Tree Planting Round Two Grants Guide and the Greener City Fund Community Grants Project Toolkit. We will also be holding an optional workshop for applicants on 22 May, from 2pm - 4pm at City Hall. 

The next round of Community Green Space Grants will open in summer 2018.

Groundwork London is managing the community grants on behalf of the GLA. If you have any questions about the grants, or would like to register to attend the applicant workshop, please email [email protected] or call Martin Petry on 020 7239 1292.

Who can apply?

Community Tree Planting Grants are open to:

  • civil society organisations and community groups
  • charities
  • housing associations
  • private landowners who own or manage green spaces
  • schools
  • boroughs

Individuals are not eligible for grants. Please read the Grants Guide for more information.

What will we be funding?

The sort of activities the grants will support include:

  • community participation events to plant trees in green spaces
  • planting new orchards on housing estates
  • creating small woodland areas or hedges in parks and green spaces
  • starting a community tree nursery to grow trees for an area
  • restoring or creating features, such as avenues, in green spaces

Projects might also contain other types of planting.

What type of grants are available?

Community Tree Planting Grants of £5,000 - £50,000 are available. You can apply for:

  • small grants from £5,000 to £20,000
  • medium grants from £20,000 to £50,000
  • large scale tree planting event grants from £10,000 to £50,000

Only exceptional projects will be awarded the larger grants. You cannot apply for a grant of less than £5,000.

In this funding round we have specific grants to support large scale tree planting events during a focused weekend of activity in December 2018.

How do I apply?

1. Before applying, please read the Grants Guide carefully and make sure your project addresses the aims of the fund.

We will be holding an applicant workshop from 2pm - 4pm on 22 May. This is optional, but may help to inform your application. Please email [email protected] to register your interest in attending.

2. Read the Greener City Fund Community Grants Project Toolkit

3. Complete the application form

4. Upload your application form and supporting documents by 5pm on Monday 18 June 2018.

If you have any questions, please email greenercity@london.gov.uk

Green Capital grants

The Mayor has awarded £2.1 million of capital funding to six green space projects across London. Projects will start in June 2018. Parts of projects funded by the Mayor of London will be completed by March 2020. Visit Green Capital grants  for details of the projects.