Applications for the Groundwork Our Space Award (OSA) are open until 15th December. The OSA includes grants from £500 – £20,000 that aim to help Londoners clean and green the city through active community engagement and participation, increasing a sense of community ownership over shared spaces.
It will support 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 (we hope each project can plant at least one tree). For further guidance on best locations to plant trees, please click here.
- 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;
- 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
- Sustainable urban drainage systems