We are no longer accepting applications for 2020-21 CGS programme. Decisions will be announced in early 2020.

Any queries should be emailed to

The Cleaner Greener Safer programme funds ideas from residents and organisations in Southwark which improve the local area. Do you want to create a community garden on your estate? Perhaps you want cycle parking on your estate or live near a play area which could do with a revamp? If your idea is to make permanent, physical changes to your local area, the Cleaner Greener Safer programme could make your idea a reality.

Could your street be improved with new surfacing or paving? Is there a road near you which could be made more accessible with dropped kerbs or safer with traffic calming measures? You can use the same application process to propose ideas for the Devolved Highways programme.

We don’t fund events or activities. There's another funding programme for revenue projects to promote inclusion, improve skills, combat isolation and help young people. Visit the Neighbourhoods Fund page for more details.

The annual timetable for applying for CGS and Devolved Highways funding is:


Application period


Shortlisting and feasibility studies


Decisions announced 


Funding becomes available/project delivery begins

Who can apply

Individuals or constituted groups, but you must live or work in the area where you are proposing the scheme.

What ideas will be considered

CGS capital funding is for permanent, physical improvements. For examples of successful applications, visit our projects page.

Examples of suitable ideas:

  • parks, community gardens, landscaping, tree planting and wildlife areas
  • children's playgrounds, youth facilities, ball courts and cycle tracks
  • security measures (such as lighting and fencing), pavements and tackling grot spots

What is not eligible for funding:

  • temporary improvements, community days or workshops (find out if your idea is eligible for the Neighbourhoods Fund)
  • CCTV
  • internal works on housing property, e.g. security doors, door entry systems, internal communal area decorations. Outside areas open to the general public ARE eligible for funding.
  • works on private property unless there is a long-term guarantee of public access or a demonstrable public benefit.

Applying for a grant

CGS funding is available as grants for constituted groups. To find out more, visit the CGS capital grants page.

Funding for ideas on the public highway

Every year, £800,000 capital funding for public highway improvements is available.

Apply using the CGS application form.

To find out more, visit the devolved highways page.

Other sources of funding

Every year, we receive many more applications than it is possible to fund. We will let you know if your application is unsuccessful.

For other possible sources of funding, go to Community Southwark, United St Saviour’s Charity or Funding central.

Data Privacy Notice

Southwark Council uses your personal data to administer and process your application. Section 1 of the Localism Act 2011 permits us to do this and we do not require your permission to process the data. If you do not provide the information, we cannot process your application.

Your personal information will only be used by highways officers to verify eligibility and discuss your application. Your personal information will not be kept for longer than six years.

If you're concerned about how the council use your personal data or would like to enquire about the personal information we hold on you, contact us via or on 020 7525 5000.

More information about your rights is available on our website, or via the Information Commissioner (

Page last updated: 14 October 2019