Capital clean-up

Capital Clean-up has now closed. Your project may be suitable for the Greener City Community Grants and other funding opportunities from the GLA.

About Capital Clean-up

Capital Clean-up was a Mayoral partnership campaign to help Londoners get together to spruce up their city. The project was part of his wider Team London volunteering programme and supported by McDonald’s. We offered small grants of £500-£1,500, as well as clean-up kits to help run local clean-up events. The grants covered costs of materials and equipment. Ideally, we want to fund projects that benefit both the environment and local community. 

To find out what has previously happened in Capital Clean-up events and projects, watch the film below and read the case studies.

LDN gov | How we spruced up London's neighbourhoods during Capital Clean-up 2014

Facts and figures

Capital Clean-up ran from May to September 2015. 230 events took place which resulted in:

  • over 4,600 volunteers joined events across London
  • 3,867 bags of rubbish was collected
  • 830,000m2 of land/area was improved
  • 17,000 hours of volunteer time was donated

Case studies

Read inspiring case studies from groups who have taken part in previous clean-ups:

The Friends of Marcus Garvey (PDF): The Friends of Marcus Garvey Park transformed an ugly wall into a vibrant and pleasant backdrop for the play area.

North West London Clean-up (PDF): North West London Clean-up ran a number of different events to remove large amount of waste that had accumulated in a wooded alleyway. 

The Union of Kingston Students  (PDF): The Union of Kingston Students ran a clean-up event that consisted of: a bankside clean-up; cleaning and clearing paths; and an underwater clean-up involving scuba divers and kayakers pulling up waste.

Sustainable Merton (PDF): Sustainable Merton transformed a derelict wasteland by a public right of way into a community garden and orchard.

Penge Green Gym (PDF): Penge Green Gym cleared an area in Winsford Gardens, built a pathway and re-planted the area.


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Capital Clean-up works with a number of other organisations to help clean up London,including: Thames 21; CleanupUK; Keep Britain Tidy; The Environment Agency and London Councils. Project support for Capital Clean-up is by Groundwork London.

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