Funding Opportunities

Mayor of London: Grow Back Greener Fund (GBGF)

COVID-19 has demonstrated just how important our parks and green spaces are for Londoner’s, but it has also highlighted that not all Londoners have equal access to our parks and greens spaces and therefore cannot enjoy the benefits. The GBGF aims to help address this, by supporting a wide range of activities to enhance publicly accessible spaces (including – parks, community gardens, housing estates, streets, waterways and nature reserves) to help make London greener, fairer, healthier and more resilient.

Funding will be given to projects across the capital that will make the city greener and give Londoners the chance to get involved, as well as helping us adapt to climate change. A total of £650,000 is available in this funding round and grants are between £5,000 and £50,000. The following organisations are eligible to apply: registered charities; formally constituted community groups; CIC’s; housing associations and LA’s (if working in collaboration with local groups, schools or civil society organisations). A full list of orgnaisations that can apply can be found using the link below.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 5 October 2020. Projects should take place between November 2020 and June 2021. Find out more in the Grants Guide.

Aviva Community Fund

A new round of funding is now open, to registered UK charities and CIC’s, until 13th October 2020. The Fund is seeking, in particular, to support small organisations with innovative and new ideas, especially in the area of Community resilience – tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities. Find out about previously funded projects, eligibility and how to apply 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.