Southwark Council: Cleaner Greener Safer Fund

About the Fund

Cleaner Greener Safer funding has been available in the form of grants since 2012. Councillors wanted to give organisations and community groups the chance to manage their own projects and take an active role in transforming their local areas.

Since 2012, 548 grants have been awarded to tenants and residents groups and community organisations. 350 have been completed to date. Ranging from £100 for small gardening projects to £50,000 contributions to large construction projects, the programme is as varied as the ideas you propose.

CGS grant funding has been used for:

  • estate greening, community gardens, landscaping, food growing and wildlife areas
  • community facilities improvements, youth facilities, recycling and artwork
  • transforming unused areas, security measures and tackling ‘grot spots’
  • school improvements, including planting and signage for clean air zones, sports and play equipment and outdoor classrooms

CGS funding is restricted. It can only be spent on capital improvements, which means permanent, physical changes. It also means that it must be spent on the original proposal, or on the elements selected for funding by your local councillors.

Who Can Apply

Grants are only payable to constituted groups. Tenants and Residents Associations, Community Interest Groups, Schools and Local Charities have all received grants from this programme.

Individuals cannot receive funding in the form of a grant. If you have an idea which you want to deliver with your neighbours or community, your application must be submitted by a constituted group. You must organise this before submitting your application as not doing so may delay your project if successful.

How to Apply

Go to the Southwark Council website for more information and to apply. If you have any questions about the fund, or want to be added to the mailing list, you can contact the Cleaner Greener Safer Grants Team via email: [email protected]

Please note that application period for this fund will open on 1st September 2021 and close at midnight on 30th September 2021. 

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