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Community Green Grants

Community Green Grants

Time spent in nature is known to be beneficial to physical and mental wellbeing. It is important that opportunities to be in green spaces is increased, especially in areas with limited access.

The WMCA Community Green Grant will fund projects that tackle green deprivation whilst also improving the local environment, by:

  • Increasing or improving green/blue spaces close to where people live
  • Connecting people to nature, especially communities experiencing green deprivation
  • Enhancing the local environment.

A commitment to increasing biodiversity is essential to the success of your project. West Midlands Combined Authority have put together a handy guide with top tips on increasing biodiversity for any size of project.

Top Tips guide (opens in a new window)

Small Grants £3,000-£25,000

Eligible community groups and organisations will be encouraged to apply for small grants that connect local people to nature. The Grants Assesment Panel will review and assess each bid. They welcome creative ideas that meet the grant criteria, examples of potential projects include:

  • Activities run at community gardens/open spaces/parks, eg. tree planting, gardening, urban greening, growing fruit and vegetables
  • Turning unused viable land into pocket parks
  • Nature playgroups that give children and families with no regular access to green space an opportunity to experience hands on activities.

Large Grants £25,000-£100,000

For organisations with larger scale plans that will create significant sustainable projects that help people connect to nature and improve the local environment. Innovative ideas that meet the grant criteria are welcome, examples include:

  • Development of green corridors linking parks/community gardens/other green spaces
  • Development of new community green spaces that increase local access
  • Projects that significantly improve the biodiversity of the area and promote behavioural change on accessing green spaces.

How to apply

Please click the button below for guidance and details on how to apply for a grant (via the Heart of England Community Foundation).

Read the guidelines carefully before making an application or for an informal discussion about your project or proposal, email: CommunityGreenGrants@wmca.org.uk 

Community Green Grants is a rolling grant. The Grants Assessment Panel will meet once a quarter to assess applications.