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Greener City Fund Community Grants

Applications are now open for round two of the Community Green Space Grants.

Apply for a grant

Do you want to create or improve a green space in your neighbourhood, and improve Londoners' access to nature? Or do you want to green your school playground to protect students from air pollution? We’re looking for projects across the capital that will make the city greener and give Londoners the chance to get involved.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. Projects should take place between January 2019 and January 2020.

Who can apply?

Community Green Space 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. This year we have a new type of grant, school air quality greening grants, which are only open to schools located in an area exceeding legal pollution limits. This round of grants is open to all eligible organisations. You do not have to have submitted an application previously.

Please read the Grants Guide for more information.

What will we be funding?

These grants aim to improve and create green space across London, and improve Londoners’ access to nature.

The sort of activities the grants will support include:

  • creating a community garden, especially for and with hard to reach groups
  • improving parks and other green spaces for people and wildlife
  • installing green sustainable drainage features, such as rain gardens
  • creating connections between areas or green and enhancing active travel routes
  • improving an area for wildlife
  • creating natural play space for children
  • restoring rivers and other waterways
  • creating pocket parks in urban areas

There is new type of grant available this year to support greening projects in schools that help protect students from air pollution. Additional advice on school air quality greening projects can be found on the Groundwork website.

This is not an exhaustive list. Projects might also contain different types of improvements and we are keen to hear your ideas.

What type of grants are available?

Community Green Space Grants of £5,000 - £50,000 are available. There is a new type of grant on offer this year to support greening projects in schools to help protect students from air pollution. You can apply for: 

  • small grants from £5,000 - £20,000 
  • medium grants from £20,000 - £50,000
  • school air quality greening grants from £5,000 - £50,000

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

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 on Thursday 6 September, from 4pm to 6pm. 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. Submit your application form and supporting documents by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018.

Questions?

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.