Last updated February 2024
What are Climate Action Microgrants?
Climate Action Microgrants give you up to £250 to help you with a project or event in your neighbourhood. Your idea will be something that makes the borough greener or teaches people about the environment, or about repair and re-use, or a few other things, including ideas we haven’t thought of. In exceptional cases, if strongly justified we could provide up to £500.
Who can apply
Anyone in H&F can apply.
Now! It’s first-come-first-served, and there are a limited number of microgrants available.
How can I apply?
It’s simple, and we can help you with the forms.
Guidance on Climate Action Microgrants
Hammersmith & Fulham is offering easy and simple Climate Action Microgrants of up to £250, available to individuals and community groups operating and delivering within the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.
While £250 is the normal maximum amount, in exceptional cases the Review Group might be able to approve up to £500, but please note the bar for this is set high and needs a very strong project.
We want to enable collective action on ‘climate friendly’ behaviours. These include things that:
- engage and teach the wider community about the environment
- reduce pollution from how we travel and move around
- provide jobs/skills in repair, upcycling, energy saving and related areas
- make space for nature
- help people and nature adapt to climate change
- reduce how much new stuff we need to buy and use, or
- encourage people to eat more plant-based diets.
We are looking for projects that demonstrate a wider community benefit – from involving your neighbours to supporting disadvantaged members of the community.
If you have an idea for a project but need some support to get started, the Climate Action Microgrant might be what you need. You can apply through our application form, which will ask you to explain what you want to do and how you intend to do it, with a few other questions.
Examples of microgrant stories
- A new Shepherds Bush sewing club is fighting fast fashion.
- White City church has a hot new take on tackling food waste.
- Check out our climate community map to see more great examples of things happening across our borough.
- Read our Climate Action Microgrant flipbook full of more examples.
How can I ensure my application is successful?
- Make sure you’ve thought about your idea and how it matches one or more of the themes listed above. The more detail you have, the better.
- The more people you involve from your area, the better. If you can show that local people already support your idea, this will help your application succeed.
- Be clear about how the money will be used.
Who can get funded?
- You as an individual, a community group or a non-profit organisation.
- You can apply more than once, but if you already have a project funded, you need to finish this before you can apply again.
What happens when I submit my application?
- Your application will be received by the Climate Emergency and Ecology Team. In most cases, we will contact you to discuss any details and to understand your idea, and we might come to visit the site of your project.
- We will keep you updated, and the process shouldn’t take too long.
What do I need to do if my application is successful?
We will talk you through the process for receiving the grant. In exchange, we will need a few things from you:
- your commitment to complete your project, and
- your agreement that we can use photos or videos of your project so that we can inspire other people to do similar things. We won’t publish your name, location, or pictures of people without consent.
We will also need you to complete of a simple grant monitoring form three months after you receive the grant. We can do this with you. We need this so that we can improve the scheme in future, get ideas for other projects, and to have a record for taxpayers.
How do I implement my project?
You or your community/organisation will be responsible for organising and doing your project and seeing it through.
What if my application is not accepted?
We will tell you why, and encourage you to try again if certain changes would make your application more likely to succeed.
- Some places will require permission to be used. If this is on council-owned land or spaces, we will try to help you get permission. Make sure you get any permission before you start.
- Please note that if your project involves work with vulnerable adults, or children (under 18s) without the presence of their parent/guardian, we expect you to have DBS checks and someone with safeguarding training.
- We urge you to use local suppliers for any purchases. We also recommend that you rent any appliances or tools, instead of buying. Consider using the new Library of Things at Livat Shopping Centre on King Street.