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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.

Increasing Biodiversity Webinar Series

A commitment to increasing biodiversity is essential to the success of a Community Green Grants project. WMCA are running monthly webinars with different experts on easy ways to build biodiversity into your projects.

All the webinars are free and can be found on WMCA YouTube channel after delivery.

08th June 2022: Wildflower Meadows

British wildflowers offer colour to our gardens, woodlands and meadows whilst also providing nectar to insects. Dr Lyn Bensenyei will talk through how to create a wildflower meadow as part of your project.

Register for the event on 26th July 2022 at 10am

There are loads of benefits to nature by installing a pond in your community/ project space, Mike Webb (Natural Capital Programme Manager) from WMCA Environment Team will talk through how to create a pond to attract the best of British wildlife.

23rd August 2022 2pm (link to follow)

There are simple things we can all do to encourage wildlife into our urban spaces. John Day from the RSPB will share knowledge and expertise on the steps we can take.

19th September 2022 11am (link to follow)

Community tree planting projects can be a quick and easy way to bring benefits for biodiversity and climate change adaptation to urban environments, but the longevity of trees means that good planning is needed to ensure they can live a long and useful life.

Simon Needle from Birmingham Tree People CIO will talk through Planting for the right reasons, in the right place, with the right species and in the right way.

Community Green Grants case study

Old Hall Peoples Partnership in Walsall is among the first organisations to receive money from the Community Green Grants scheme.

The partnership will be using its grant to transform a bland open space outside its Bentley community centre into a pocket park for use by residents and nursery children.

We spoke with Diana Southall, Community Development Officer and Social Connector, about the group's successful application.