Applications to the Our Space Award is now closed. The 2023/24 deadline for applications was on Monday 11 December.
What is the Our Space Award?
The Our Space Award (OSA) aims to help Londoners clean and green the city through active community engagement and participation, increasing a sense of community ownership over shared spaces. It supports Londoners of all ages and backgrounds, communities and schools in greening their neighbourhoods, making them inclusive places for all to enjoy. It does this by enabling more groups to access funding for projects. The activities funded by the OSA will be designed to also make a significant contribution to a number of wider social and environmental objectives, notably:
- Tree planting (each project can plant at least one tree);
- Climate resilience and adaptations to climate change;
- Improvements to water quality and drainage through planting and reducing hard surfaces;
- Ecological and biodiversity benefits;
- Climate education alongside physical improvements;
- Improving air quality; and
- Reducing health inequalities and social isolation
Ways in which you may be able to achieve the above objectives are:
- New tree planting
- Native planting
- Pollinator planting
- Drought tolerant planting
- Rewilding areas
- Nest boxes, rock piles, bug hotels, etc
- Water habitat creation or improvement
- Planting aimed at improving water quality
- Rainwater harvesting
- Creation of composting area, use of organic compost, organic mulching, use of food waste etc
- Volunteer and community engagement
- Increasing access to nature
The OSA supports projects throughout Greater London. It will play its part by harnessing existing and new volunteer efforts in improving all types of open space, whilst engendering a true sense of civic pride amongst participants and encouraging a greater sense of ownership felt by communities over their shared spaces. The OSA also offers local people the opportunity to shape the ongoing maintenance and improvement of their areas by working with partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors and stimulates mutual learning at all levels.
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Who do we help?
The OSA supports projects across all types of open space – in parks, housing estates, town centres, woodlands, and school grounds. We prioritise applications where OSA funding forms a substantial part of the project and will truly enable the project to happen.
The OSA funds groups/organisations based in Greater London that want to clean and green the capital through active community engagement to increase a sense of ownership over London’s shared spaces. The fund aims to reach groups who do not necessarily have a track record of fundraising and where the OSA would make up a substantial part of the project’s budget.
Non-constituted groups are able to apply – These are community groups of three or more people who meet regularly, are not formally arranged or constituted, but do put energy and enthusiasm into their projects. You will need to provide reference details in your application, someone who can vouch for your work in the local community. This could be a local councillor, local authority employee, school or a local charity, for example. Please get in touch with Groundwork London if you are unsure who to ask. You will also need to have a bank account with at least two signatories. You may need to partner with an organisation that can hold the grant money for you, if you are successful, as grant money cannot be paid into a personal bank account.
For further information, please see our prospectus and examples of supported work below.
What support is available?
We offer three tiers of grants going from £500 all the way up to £20,000:
- Small grants of £500 to £2,000;
- Standard grants of £2,000 to £5,000; and
- Flagship grants of £5,000 to £20,000*.
Any group/organisation can apply for Small and Standard Grants. We will prioritise awarding Flagship Grants to those who have previously successfully delivered an Our Space Award project. Please note, we anticipate funding a maximum of two Flagship Grants in this funding round.
How to apply
The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 11 December 2023.
Please read the prospectus and additional guidance thoroughly before submitting your application. You can apply by clicking the button below – you will be taken to a short eligibility questionnaire, after successfully completing it, the final page will contain a link to the application.
See below the prospectus and guidance and the link to apply.
Maximise your small project funding opportunities
If you are applying for a Small Grant (£500 – £2,000), you will have the option of applying via ActionFunder. ActionFunder is a simple online system that allows groups to upload multiple projects that require funding – either in writing or through a short video application. Projects submitted via ActionFunder will be seen by multiple funders. For more information on ActionFunder, visit their website here.
When should my project take place?
This round of the Our Space Award will fund projects that start after 16 February 2024 and must be completed by 10 February 2025.
Our Space Award has so far distributed c.£482,000 supporting 127 projects across Greater London to improve community spaces.
In the first round of Our Space Award 2018 we awarded 28 projects c.£62,000. In the second round of 2018, we awarded 17 projects c.£43,000.
In 2019 we awarded 20 projects c.66,000.
In 2021 we awarded 27 projects, c.£159,000
In 2022 we awarded 35 projects c.£152,000.
The 2023/24 Our Space Award is funded, and supported, by private funders and partners.
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If you have any questions about applying or about the grant scheme, we’re here to help. Please get in touch with Tom Lowe: email@example.com | 020 7239 1390 or 07549 020277.