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Revenue funding: making London a greener city for all

Encouraging local projects to mitigate and/​or adapt to climate change

The effects of the climate emergency are already being felt in London.

The capital needs to reduce its own carbon emissions, while also building its resilience to severe weather events such as extreme rainfall, heat and drought.

This work must be done in a way that does not exacerbate existing inequalities.

We want to fund local projects that take an equitable approach to mitigating and/​or adapting to climate change. We encourage applications both from organisations that already actively focus on climate and nature and those that have not previously seen environmental action as a priority.

Grant details

  • Area: Greater London
  • Open to: New applicants and previous and all current grant holders
  • Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Funding length: Up to 5 years
  • Funding size: There is no minimum or maximum limit to how much we will give, however we never give revenue funding exceeding 50% of the applicants turnover/​income in any one year

What we fund

Examples of projects we can fund include work that:

  • sets out to reduce London’s emissions

  • protects, manages, expands or enriches London’s green spaces

  • tackles poor air quality

  • prevents and prepares for impacts of climate change such as flood and/​or drought or heatwaves

  • promote biodiversity

  • increase access to growing spaces

Applications can be at neighbourhood, borough, sub-regional, or pan-London level, and must have clear community benefit and show evidence of community engagement.

We particularly welcome proposals that:

  • address the disproportionate impacts climate change has on London’s lower income and minoritized communities

  • bring different sectors together to find solutions to the climate crisis

We welcome applications from:

  • environmental organisations

  • community organisations in collaboration with environmental specialists

Strong applications will show environmental consideration throughout, for example, a food-growing project should use peat-free compost and avoid herbicides.

As part of our commitment to tackling the root causes of climate change, we do not just fund services, but other activities including influencing, raising voices and ensuring representation where this has a London focus. You might also be interested in our Voice and Leadership programme.

Infrastructure organisations can apply under this programme, but if you want to support your network or members to improve their approach to climate change, please apply through our Infrastructure funding: capacity building and representation programme..

Funding staff costs

We will not usually pay for staff costs beyond one full-time equivalent staff post. For example, we could pay for one full-time staff member, or two part-time staff, both working 17.5 hours a week. We will only fund staff posts that are paid the London Living Wage or above.

How to apply

Before beginning your application, please ensure you have thoroughly read steps one and two to check that our funding is a good fit for you. Please note, we only fund organisations that meet our eligibility criteria.

  1. Find out what’s involved in the application process
  2. Check your eligibility
  3. Start your application

If you are a previous grant holder, or an unsuccessful applicant, please read our reapplication criteria before submitting a new application.

A smiling Black woman sits amid vegetable beds, planters and pots, in a community garden.
In 2020, City Bridge Foundation awarded Sustain £246,500 over three years for their Capital Growth project, supporting the delivery of a range of activities to support and protect London’s Community Gardens. Image shows Jazz Browne, CEO of Nubian Life, at Josiah Braithwaite community garden. Photo credit: Emily Munster.

Previously funded projects