Capital Clean-up

Capital Clean-up is the Mayor’s partnership campaign to help Londoners get together to spruce up their city. It’s part of his wider Team London volunteering programme and is supported by McDonald’s.

Capital Clean-up 2016: Now Open

You can now apply for Capital Clean-up grants and kits for summer 2016 projects and events.

The application period will be open from 11th January and closes 14th March 2016 at 5pm. 

You can download the application form and full guidance notes which includes information and timescales for the application process.

Whether you want to help turn a neglected green space into an attractive community garden, remove litter from a beauty spot, clear up a waterway or paint vibrant murals on a graffiti covered wall, there are some great opportunities to get involved. You can visit the Capital Clean-Up Project Dirt cluster to find out about more projects and events that took part over summer 2016.

If you have any questions or want to find out more, please email: [email protected].

About Capital Clean-up

Capital Clean-up is the Mayor’s partnership campaign to help Londoners get together to spruce up their city. It’s part of his wider Team London volunteering programme and is supported by McDonald’s.

We offer small grants of £500-£1,500, as well as clean-up kits to help you run local clean-up events. We mainly pay for 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

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

  • Over 4,600 volunteers joined events across London.
  • 3867 bags of rubbish was collected
  • 830,000m2 of land/area was improved
  • 17,000 hours of volunteer time was donated



Take a look at these before and after photos from Capital Clean-up projects in 2015.

Case studies

Read inspiring case studies from groups who've 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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