Expression of Interest: Grow Together 

£18,000 and professional guidance to support local authorities and housing associations to identify, try-out and establish ways of working with communities to address climate justice.

Climate change is an issue that affects all of us, but the ways in which we’ll be affected depends  on factors like income, ethnicity and where we live. In London, those on lower incomes and from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups are disproportionately affected by issues such as poor air quality, lack of access to green spaces, overheating and flash flooding. Still, these groups are often underrepresented in environmental groups, programmes and discussions. 

Pilot project, Greener Together united residents of Alma Street and the surrounding area in east London to tackle social issues such as a lack of community cohesion, anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping with green solutions, such as creating new green spaces, growing their own food, organising community litter picks, creating safer and more accessible spaces for play and exercise, and giving residents new skills and employment opportunities.

How you can take action in your area

Following the success of Greener Together, Hubbub and the Mayor of London have developed a strategic grants and mentoring framework to support five community-led projects to deliver social and environmental benefits across London.

We are inviting expressions of interest from Local Authorities and Housing Associations who want to take part in this initiative across five London boroughs in areas of social and environmental deprivation.

What will the Grow Together programme support look like?

The programme is designed to oversee and advise the step-by-step process of achieving community-led environmental and social change at a local level, and provide kick-start funding to support initial engagement and events.

Each participating Local Authority or Housing Association will be supported to create a project that is led and organised by a grassroots community organisation and the local community. Working together, these groups will design and run innovative environmental projects to solve issues which matter to local residents, and through the process will build capacity to create ongoing and lasting change.

Each project team will get:

  • A mentor to help oversee and advise the step-by-step process for the design and delivery of the project
  • Access to a series of free expert workshops to give teams the skills and knowledge to design and develop their project
  • Toolkits and how-to guides to help with some of the detailed elements of project design and development
  • Access to a network of five London boroughs on the same journey who can help provide peer-to-peer learning
  • An £18,000 grant to fund local coordinators, incentives, and initial engagement and events

What will projects be expected to achieve?

Projects will be expected to address environmental inequalities experienced by Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and households on lower income in areas particularly affected by environmental impacts (e.g. climate change, poor air quality and a lack of access to green space). They should also aim to enhance social cohesion and improve health and wellbeing for residents.

  • Increase participation in environmental programmes by under-represented groups
  • Promote future advocacy by under-represented groups
  • Co-create environmental and nature-based solutions to improve health, wellbeing and community cohesion
  • Increase learning and green skills
  • Provide a successful, replicable case study to roll out in other areas of the borough

What will applications be asked to demonstrate?

If you are invited to make a full application to the programme, you will be asked to show that you have in place:

Resource

  • A dedicated lead
  • Staff time committed to the project
  • Ability to cover costs of running the chosen solutions or project areas
  • To be the land owner, or have permission from the relevant land owner

Approach

  • An overall approach / commitment to engaging communities with environmental justice
  • A partnership or suggested approach with a grassroots or community organisation

Need

  • Potential communities / locations for the project to take place where there is evidence of social and environmental need

To express your interest in this opportunity, please complete the online form below. 

EXPRESS INTEREST here 

Deadline for submission is 27th June 2022, 5pm. 

Please get in touch with [email protected] if you have any questions.

We will also be running two webinars to share information on this opportunity and what we are looking for in applications, including a Q&A. You can register below. 

June 9th, 2-3pm click here to register. 

June 14th, 10-11am click here to register