Please note: applications for London School’s Climate Kick-Start Activity and Green Schools Grants closed on 24th September 2021. 


The Mayor’s Climate Kick-Start will see thousands of students take action for the environment in their schools and homes. The week of activities will take place from 1-5 November, between the first ever Earthshot Prize in London and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, giving students at London schools the chance to make a real difference during this important time of environmental action.

The Climate Kick-Start will see London secondary schools working together to tackle some of our planet’s biggest threats – climate change, deforestation, biodiversity loss, air pollution and single-use plastics. There will be dozens of hands-on free events, from sustainable fashion shows and clean-tech careers fairs to tree planting and pedal-powered activity days.

Whether your secondary school or alternative education provider is already taking action on environmental issues or not, we’d love you to get involved via the links below. Together we will continue to make London one of the world’s cleanest and greenest cities in the world.

Funding 

Grants are available for state secondary schools and education providers (please note that independent and private schools are not eligible to apply). Types of grant:

  • Activity Grants: small grants of £500 to £2,000 are available to host environmental activities during the Climate Kick-Start week (1-5 November) (e.g. to pay for a specialist facilitator or equipment)
  • Green Schools Grants: investment grants between £8,000 to £10,000 are available to help accelerate or kickstart longer-term projects which engage students with tackling the climate and ecological emergencies (e.g. to install a green roof, school allotment or zero waste programme)

Please read the guidance notes carefully before you complete the application form.

Knowing how busy schools are currently, we have worked hard to keep the application process as streamlined as possible. We estimate it will take around 1 hour to complete the Activity Grants application form and 2 hours for the Green Schools Grants.

To apply for a grant, you must complete the eligibility checker and submit your completed form and supporting information through the Groundwork online portal by 9am, Friday 24 September 2021. You must submit your application through the portal.

Please note: Applications for London School’s Climate Kick-Start Activity and Green Schools Grants closed at 9am and 2pm on Friday 24th September 2021. 

Groundwork is managing the community grants on our behalf. If you have any questions about the grants scheme or application process, please email LSCK@groundwork.org.uk  or call us on 0207 239 1390.

Get Involved

If you are a secondary school or education provider in Greater London, you will be able to receive a marketing and events toolkit as well as free lesson resources around the themes of the Climate Kick-Start. If you are able to facilitate your own activity without one of our Activity Grants, we will still be happy to list it on our website as part of the Climate Kick-Start, provided you can fund and support it.

For more information about London Schools Climate Kick-Start, please visit https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/london-schools-climate-kick-start