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Greener City Fund

Mayor Sadiq Khan’s new £9 million fund to create and improve green spaces and encourage more tree planting in London.

The Mayor wants to make London the first National Park City with a target of making 50 per cent of the city green by 2050. To do this, we want to plant more trees, restore our rivers, create natural play-spaces for children and green routes to encourage walking and cycling.
The first commitment towards this is the Greener City Fund, a grant programme to support boroughs, local communities and environmental organisations to plant more trees and improve our green spaces.

Community Grants 

Over the next three years the Mayor has committed £3 million to help Londoners plant trees and make our city greener.

You’ll receive funding and expert advice about running projects in your local area.

The first round of grants opened from August 2017:

Community Tree Planting Grants – round one

Want to plant a community orchard, or more trees in your local park? We’re looking for projects across London which  will involve community groups in planting thousands of trees and help improve children’s access to nature. 

Applications for round one of the Community Tree Planting Grants are now closed. 

Projects should take place from November 2017 to February 2018. 

Community Green Spaces Grants – round one

Is there a bare patch of grass near you which could be transformed into a community garden? Or a paved area which could be turned into somewhere to play? We’re looking for projects which will green the grey and bring nature into the city. These grants aim to improve and increase green space across London and help local people to have their say on the design and creation of new spaces. 

Applications for round one of the Community Green Space grants are now closed. Applicants should hear the outcome of their application in late November or early December. 

Projects should take place from January - December 2018. 

For more information, please read the Greener City Fund prospectus. Groundwork London is managing the Greener City Fund grants on behalf of the GLA. If you have any questions about the fund, please email [email protected] or call Martin Petry on 020 7239 1292.

The Community Grants will reopen for applications in 2018. This webpage will be updated with details of any future grant rounds. 


Who can apply?

The Community Tree Planting and Community Green Space grants are open to:
•    civil society organisations and community groups
•    charities
•    housing associations
•    private landowners (who can manage public green space)
•    schools
•    local authorities

What will we be funding?

The following projects will help give you an idea of some of the things we're looking for. One project might also contain a few different activities. 

Community Tree Grant:

•    community 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
•    barrier hedge planting by established play spaces to reduce noise and/or pollution.

Green Spaces Grant:

•    creating a community garden
•    greening playgrounds or routes to school
•    green sustainable drainage system features such as rain gardens and bio-retention basins  
•    natural play space for children
•    projects that create connections between areas or green and enhance active travel routes
•    projects that improve an area for wildlife.

What size of grants are available?

We will be awarding around £1m of funding through round one of the Community Tree Planting and Green Space grants. 

Grants of £5,000 - £50,000 are available to support tree planting projects, or projects to create or improve green spaces in London. 

You can apply for: 
•    small grants will usually be between £5,000 - £20,000, or 
•    medium grants between £20,000 - £50,000

Only exceptional projects will be awarded the larger grants. There will be further grants available in future years. 

How to apply

1)    Before applying, please read the prospectus carefully

Your project should address one or more of the following themes:

•    transforming London’s environment
•    making better places
•    empowering people
•    making things happen
•    leaving a positive legacy

For key dates and details of support with your application, see Section 5 of the prospectus.

2)    Check the Frequently Asked Questions document 

3)    Complete the application form 

4)    Upload your application and supporting documents by the deadline:

Community Tree Planting Grants application deadline: 5pm, 2 October 2017. Applications to this fund have now closed and will reopen in 2018. 

Community Green Space Grants application deadline: 5pm, 20 October 2017. Applications to this fund have now closed and will reopen in 2018. 

If you have any questions about the fund, please email [email protected]