Grow Back Greener Fund

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From the Mayor of London website

Grow Back Greener Fund

Applications are now open for the Mayor’s Grow Back Greener Fund.

Apply for a grant

COVID-19 has demonstrated just how important our city’s amazing green spaces are for Londoners’ quality of life. But we also saw that parts of London were unable to access these benefits in the same way. We must do more to address this inequality and ensure that all Londoners can access open spaces and live in green neighbourhoods.

We’re looking for projects across the capital that will make our city greener and give Londoners the chance to get involved, as well as helping us adapt to climate change. Full details about the fund are available in the Grants Guide.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 5 October 2020. Projects should take place between November 2020 and June 2021.

A total of £650,000 is available in this funding round. Grants between £5,000 and £50,000 are available. 

Who can apply?

Applications are open to:

  • registered charities including Charitable Incorporated Organisations
  • formally constituted community groups
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Community Benefit Societies
  • tenants and residents’ associations, or Tenant Management Organisations (TMO)
  • housing associations
  • local authorities, but only where working in collaboration with local groups, schools or civil society organisations

Applications must be from a formally constituted organisation, with an organisational bank account and able to enter into legal contracts. You cannot apply as a private individual. Organisations can apply for a maximum of two grants.

We are not able to directly fund schools through this programme; however, we can support projects that work in partnership with schools, including educational programmes or projects to green school streets.

Please read the Grants Guide for more information.

What can be funded?

The Grow Back Greener Grants will support a wide range of activities to help make London greener, fairer, healthier and more resilient. These activities should take place in and enhance publicly accessible spaces including parks, community gardens, housing estates, streets, waterways and nature reserves. They should mainly be focused on making physical improvements to the space.

We will prioritise projects that:

  • work with, or are preferably led by, Londoners who are less likely to access green space. This includes BAME and lower income Londoners, and over-65s
  • are in areas of the city that have poorer access to open space and nature, especially where these are also areas of deprivation
  • include opportunities for training or developing skills

Types of project could include:

  • enhancing or creating publicly accessible green spaces for people and wildlife
  • community gardening and food growing
  • permanently greening streets and public spaces, including depaving to turn grey into green, or creating parklets
  • installing sustainable drainage features to reduce local flood risk
  • cleaning up parks, nature reserves or waterways
  • planting and maintaining trees, including to provide shade
  • management activities to improve habitats, including woodland
  • supporting Londoners, especially underrepresented groups, to access green space and engage with nature
  • creating opportunities for children to access nature, and outdoor play and learning

This is not an exhaustive list and we are keen to hear your ideas.

How do I apply?

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

2. Attend an optional applicant information webinar on one of the following dates:

3. Complete the online application form. You will be asked a series of eligibility questions before being able to access the form.

4. Submit your application form by the deadline of 5pm on Monday 5 October 2020

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