The application period for the 2018/19 CGS and Devolved Highways programme closed on Monday 23 October 2017. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for updates on the programmes and our next application period, please email

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 is 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 at Community Council meetings


Funding becomes available/project delivery begins

Who can apply

Individuals or constituted groups, but you must live or work in the community council 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, please 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, £600,000 capital funding for public highway improvements is devolved to Community Councils. In 2018/19, the CGS application process was used to collect ideas for this funding. 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. If your application is unsuccessful, you will be notified by letter. For other possible sources of funding go to Community Southwark, United St Saviour’s Charity or Funding central.

Page last updated: 25 October 2017