Update in light of COVID-19: We have had to freeze the Our Space Programme until we are confident that groups will be able to meet and deliver free of COVID-19 restrictions. We are looking to re-launch the programme mid to late 2021. If you have any questions about the scheme, please do get in touch with our team on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please try to avoid contacting us by phone, given connectivity issues of home working.
Applications for the Our Space Award are now closed
The Our Space Award is a grant scheme that aims to help Londoners green their city through active community engagement and participation. It will support Londoners of all ages and backgrounds, communities and schools in improving community open spaces, making them inclusive places for all to enjoy.
In addition to the above, the Mayor of London has committed further funds for the 2019 round for turning grey, hard landscaping areas, into greener spaces where they will provide a benefit in terms of drainage. This can range from removal of hard surfaces and creating rain gardens, to installation of Sustainable Urban Drainage planters which can collect water from drain pipes and divert it from the sewage system.
Who do we help?
We help community groups of three or more people who meet regularly. Your group does not have to be formally arranged or constituted, but it does need to put energy and enthusiasm into your project, and your group needs to be based in London. We support improvement projects across all types of open space – in parks, on housing estates, in town centres, in woodlands and in school grounds.
What support is available?
We offer three tiers of grants going from £500 all the way up to £5,000:
- Small grants of £500 up to £1,000;
- Standard grants of £1,000 up to £3,000; and
- Flagship grants of £3,000 to £5,000.
- In addition to the above, groups are able to apply for an additional £5,000 for removal of hard surfaces, such as tarmac, concrete or paving.
How to apply
Applications for the Our Space Award are now closed.
Make sure you read the guidance notes thoroughly before downloading the application form.
When should my project take place?
The delivery period for Small, Standard and Flagship Grants will run from the 1st September 2019 to the 13th January 2020.
The delivery period for groups who have also been awarded the additional £5,000 for removal of hard surfaces is the 1st September 2020.
In the first round of the Our Space Award 2018, we awarded 28 London projects c.£62,000 to improve community spaces. In the second round 2018 we awarded 17 London projects c.£43,000.
In the first round of the Our Space Award 2019, we awarded 20 projects c.£66,000.
Other funding opportunities
The Mayor is helping to make London the world’s first National Park City, where more than half of the city’s area is green in 2050.
Similar funding opportunities for larger projects are also available later this summer through the Greener City Fund.
If you would like to stay up to date with the Our Space Award, then sign up to the Our Space Award Updates mailing list here
If you have any questions about applying or about the grant scheme, we’re here to help. Please get in touch with Hannah Standen, Ma’ayan Cohen, or Louise Seaman: email@example.com | 020 7239 1390