WMCA Community Green Grants

Information from our friends at West Midlands Combined Authority regarding Community Green Grants

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All information including online application and fund factsheet can be found on the Heart of England Community Foundation website: WMCA Community Green Grants - Heart of England Community Foundation (heartofenglandcf.co.uk)

Please read the fund factsheet, essential information and contact Community Grants Officer Ruth Burgess for an informal conversation about your project before making an application CommunityGreenGrants@wmca.org.uk

The WMCA Community Green Grants Fund is seeking to fund projects that:

  • Increase or improve green spaces close to where people live (e.g., within ten-minute walk)
  • Connect people to nature, especially communities experiencing green deprivation
  • Enhance the local environment (e.g., tree planting, increasing biodiversity)

Small Grants £3,000 to £25,000

Community groups and organisations will be encouraged to apply for small grants that connect local people to nature. The panel welcome creative ideas that meet the grant criteria, examples of potential projects are:

  • Activities run at community gardens/ allotments/ parks for example tree planting, gardening, 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 to £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.

Full information on the fund and guidance on completing the application can be found in the fund factsheet