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Funding news - 31/08/2017

Mayor of London Launches New Greener City Fund

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has created a new £9 million fund as part of his goal to make London the first National Park City and is inviting a range of groups and organisations to apply for a grant to help make the capital greener.

Commenting at yesterday's launch at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Mayor said:

“We need more greenery across all of our communities and I want everyone – young and old – to be able to get involved in helping make local areas greener. That’s why I’m announcing £1 million in green grants for local groups to help create the community gardens, play areas and allotments needed to improve our air and enrich our daily lives.”

Civil society organisations and community groups, charities, schools, housing associations, local authorities and private landowners (who can manage public green space) can apply now for either of the following grants programmes:

  • Community Tree Planting Grants - for projects across London which will involve community groups in planting thousands of trees and help improve children’s access to nature. Projects should take place from November 2017 to February 2018.
  • Community Green Spaces Grants - for projects which will green the grey and bring nature into the city. These grants aim to improve and increase green space across London and help local people to have their say on the design and creation of new spaces. Projects should take place from January to December 2018.

Around £1 million will be available for this first round which provides both small grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 and medium grants of between £20,000 and £50,000. Only exceptional projects will be awarded the larger grants. Match funding is required.

There are two different closing dates for applications:

  • 29 September 2017 for a Community Tree Planting Grant.
  • 20 October 2017 for a Community Green Spaces Grant.

Further information can be found on the Mayor of London’s website.

Source: Mayor of London, 31/08/2017

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