What is Greening Westminster
The Greening Westminster programme is an annual grant funding programme designed to improve and increase Westminster’s green infrastructure and open spaces. Formerly known as the Open Spaces, Greener Places Programme - or ‘OSGP’ - the programme has undergone a refresh over the last year, recognising an opportunity to connect with and empower community groups across the borough to ensure fairer access to high-quality green spaces.
The Greening Westminster applications will open in March 2024.
Who can apply
The Greening Westminster fund is open to various applicants, such as Community groups, Neighbourhood Forums and Business Improvements Districts, and internal council departments. Every applicant will be asked to submit an expression of interest form to help determine which of the following categories they fall into:
- Greening Westminster Communities
- Greening Westminster Professionals
Grants are awarded based on criteria shaped by our Climate Action Plan and the Fairer Westminster vision. This means that proposals are selected both on their proposed contribution to the planet as well as their contribution to people and communities.
Thinking about applying, why not watch our online Q&A session? The Greening Westminster Team explains the application process and talks through past projects.
The Greening Westminster funding will prioritise projects:
- that focus on community greening projects that serve and strengthen local community groups
- have a clear maintenance and management strategy to ensure the longevity of the project
- that can demonstrate additional support from volunteer time and community buy-in
To be eligible to apply for Greening Westminster funding, you must meet the following criteria:
- the project site must be publicly accessible
- the project site must be in Westminster
- the project must be completed by June 2024
- the project's environmental impact has been considered, and appropriate measures have been taken to reduce the carbon footprint and ensure climate resilience
To make the Greening Westminster funding programme more accessible to community and resident groups, we have developed a supportive two-stage application process.
- Stage 1 – submit an expression of interest form to determine your funding category. Please note the expression of interest form closed at midday on 5 May.
- Stage 2 – receive support and submit an application
Support for community applications
Before applying you will be asked to submit and expression of interest form. If your application falls into Greening Westminster Communities, you will be offered special support to develop your application and increase your chances of getting a funding grant approved.
Greening Westminster Communities applicants will be offered the opportunity to attend a Greening Workshop at City Hall with council officers and relevant experts who will help deepen your knowledge and develop your proposal. After the workshop, applicants will have the opportunity to register for a one-to-one feedback session with council officers who will offer constructive feedback on the proposal before submission. These sessions will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis so early registration is advised.
- St John’s Church Garden
- Queen’s Park Gardens
- Selby Square, in progress
- WECH Housing Estate
- ‘Barkour’ Park
- Paddington Rec
- Shrewsbury Green
- St John’s Wood Adventure Playground
- St John’s Wood Nature Reserve
- Wharncliffe Garden, in progress
- Lisson Green
- St Mary’s Church Yard
- Paddington Street Gardens
- Baker Street
- Leicester Square
- West End
- Victoria Embankment
- Pimlico Gardens