Funding Opportunities

Mayor of London: Good Growth Fund (GGF)

The 3rd round of the GGF will open for applications from 2nd September 2019, with £20m available, to fund regeneration activities that support growth and community development in London.  A range of projects are sought including those that enhance public space, applications are open to public, private and third sector organisations including London Boroughs and community groups. To support applicants the GLA will be running engagement workshops in early September.  For more information about the fund and to sign up to a workshop please click here or email any queries to:

Mayor of London: Greener City Fund: Community Green Space Grants

The third round of Community Green Space Grants (part of the Mayor’s £12m Greener City Fund) are now open for applications. Grants between £5,000 and £50,000 are available to communities to create and/or improve green spaces, funding maybe awarded for a wide range of activities including: neighbourhood greening, improving parks, creating wildlife habitats, installing sustainable drainage, restoring waterways and greening school grounds (including to protect against air pollution).

A number of organisations are eligible to apply including community groups, housing associations, charities and boroughs. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2019, for projects that will take place between January – December 2020.  For further information and to apply please click here.

Our Space Awards (promoting greener communities) – Groundwork London

The Our Space Award is a grant scheme, run by Groundwork London, that aims to help Londoners green their city through active community engagement and participation. It helps community groups of three or more people who meet regularly – groups do not need to be formally constituted, just have lots of energy and enthusiasm. The awards support improvement projects across all types of open space: parks, housing estates, town centres, woodlands and school grounds.

There are 3 tiers of grants from £500 to £5,000, this round of funding is open until 9am on 5th August 2019. For guidance information and to apply please click here.

Mayor of London’s – Culture Seeds Funding Scheme

This scheme is open until Spring 2020 for grant applications of between £1,000 to £5,000, to support community-led cultural and heritage projects and activities in every London borough. Culture Seeds will support not-for-profit, small or informal organisations and groups as well as individuals as it is often harder for them to access funding.  For more details and to apply please click here.

AVIVA Community Fund

Groups can apply for funding for projects that make a positive impact on their communities, there are four categories under which to apply including community support; awards range from £1,000 to £25,000.  For more information and to apply click here.

Tesco Bags of Help

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of promoting community participation in the development and use of outdoor spaces. Community groups that are constituted can apply for grants of up to £5k.  Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork and supported in Scotland by greenspace scotland.

If you would like more information and or to apply please click here.  This is a rolling fund so there is no closing date.

Veolia Environmental Trust

The Veolia Environmental Trust is inviting not-for-profit organisations to apply for funding to support environmental or community-based projects that are located within five miles of a Veolia Environmental Services facility.

The Trust will consider applications from constituted not-for-profit organisations with a bank account, that have a project that addresses at least one of the following categories:

  • Community buildings and rooms, including community centres, village halls, community spaces within religious buildings, and Scout or Girlguiding buildings.
  • Outdoor Spaces, including public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways and cycle-paths.
  • Play and recreation, including play areas, skateparks, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), sports grounds, pavilions and changing rooms.
  • Supporting Biodiversity, including the species related element of a BAP (national or local), the habitat related element of a BAP or HAP (national or local), and reintroduction programmes to a specific habitat.

The funding is to be used for capital improvement projects taking place at a single site.Grants of up to £75,000 are available to cover 80% of a project’s total cost. Match funding of at least 20% is required. Groups requesting grants of £40,000 or more are required to provide a Third Party Contribution. There are currently no deadlines you can begin the application process at any time. Please click here for further information and to apply.