The Southwark EnviroGrant Scheme has been set up by Veolia ES Southwark to help local people concerned with protecting and improving their local environment with grants of up to £1000.
Veolia can also help with practical support from staff volunteers for work such as decorating, landscaping or event build.
Applications for funding in 2013 have now closed. Applications for 2014 will open in the new year.
Find out more about how the scheme works
Projects funded through EnviroGrant in 2012:
Nelson Estate Community Garden, Walworth
With the help of funding and volunteers from the Southwark EnviroGrant Scheme, a beautiful bio-diverse area was created for local residents to enjoy. The project was part of a ‘biochar experiment’ to help increase the carbon content in the soil, making it nutrient rich so that plants and flowers flourish. The transformation was also achieved by planting new trees, flowers and plants. This project has provided the area with cleaner air and more beautiful surroundings for the community to appreciate.
County Street Olympic Legacy Garden, Borough & Bankside
In time for London Olympics 2012, EnviroGrant funding and volunteers helped to create a beautifully landscaped space named The Olympic Legacy Garden. This was achieved by clearing rubbish from the site and creating and planting flowerbeds. The project’s aim was to encourage an active approach towards the environment, increase understanding of ecological issues and to strengthen social relations within the community by promoting a more active way to spend free time.
EnviroGrant funding and volunteers helped to create raised beds for planting as part of an outdoor learning and recreation space for Whippersnapper’s community project. The new garden space would be enjoyed by the many groups who visit the centre. Volunteers also gave the garden a clean up; steam washed the tarmac areas and made it a safe place for people of all ages and abilities to access and enjoy.
Give and Take Day, East Dulwich Community Centre, Dulwich
Give and take days are a fantastic way for a community to reuse items that might otherwise be thrown away. At the East Dulwich Community centre local residents brought their unwanted goods, for other local residents to take away for free. EnviroGrant was able to provide volunteers to help out on the day and funding for communication tools to help get the word out about the event.
St John’s Primary School, Walworth
In 2012 EnviroGrant also allocated funding and volunteers for the St John’s Primary School mosaic project. This will involve creating fixed mosaics of board games such as snakes and ladders, to be placed on a selected area of the children’s playground. This project will provide the children of St John’s Primary School with an interactive play area to be enjoyed for years to come. A competition is being held for the children to design the mosaics that will have permanence in their playground and the installation is expected to take place in early 2013.
Projects funded through EnviroGrant in 2011
- Tower Bridge Primary School, Bermondsey
- Residents’ Association of Povey House, Walworth
- Delachick, Dulwich
- John Donne Primary School, Nunhead & Peckham Rye
- Friary Environmental Network (FEN) Colour Splash, Peckham
- Dulwich Going Greener, Dulwich
- Ruskin Park Community Compost Project, Camberwell
See photos from selected projects in our image gallery