The Open Workshop: a space to share, build and collaborate

Greenpeace is opening up its workshop to grassroots groups campaigning on a range of connected issues like racial and social justice as well as defending the environment.

Access to space where you can design, plan and build your campaigns is tough to find, especially in London. Even more so when you need to do something messy that takes up a lot of space, like painting a banner or making a mock oil pipeline for a protest.

Some groups also face more barriers in accessing space and resources due to systemic racism. We are committed to redressing these imbalances and sharing our workshop to help your group create vibrant campaigns that make an impact.

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What we offer

The first floor of our workshop, where we run the majority of our open workshop activities, is a big open space with a projector, drop-down screen and chairs for meetings of up to 30 people. We have a cosy area with sofas which can be partitioned off for smaller meetings of up to 10 people. There’s a kitchen where you can make a cup of tea and grab a biscuit. You can also use the space for creative activities like banner-making, we have a magnetic wall and projector for tracing and lots of floor space for painting. We also lend out items that can be handy for campaigning such as high vis vests and megaphones.

Please note: we regret that our meeting space is not wheelchair accessible, there are 26 steps. If you have limited mobility or require wheelchair access please let us know and we will try to accommodate you elsewhere in the building.

Who is it for?

The Open Workshop is for groups campaigning for social, racial and environmental justice or any combination of those things. All the groups we work with must practise non-violence. We have supported groups working on issues like renters rights, racial bias in policing, better working conditions for office cleaners, migrant rights and climate action. We prioritise groups who have historically and currently had less access to resources.

If you’re not sure whether the open workshop is right for you, drop us a line telling us a bit about your group and we’ll help figure it out.

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Apply to use the Open Workshop

If you think your group could benefit from access to the Open Workshop, fill in the form and we’ll get in touch about next steps. We do our best to support as many groups as possible but we cannot accommodate every request. Please help us out by giving us as much notice of your request as possible (minimum 2 weeks).

Have any questions? You can reach the Open Workshop at opuk@greenpeace.org.

Open Workshop request form

Type your name in the box to get started.

Movement Support Fund: supporting bold, justice-focused campaigns

The Movement Support Fund provides funding for your project, event, initiative, research or campaign that advocates for social, racial and/or environmental justice through an intersectional lens. It can cover things like:

  • Venue costs.
  • Equipment rental.
  • Fees for guest speakers.
  • Materials for an action, investigation or workshop.

We actively work to ensure that groups who have historically and currently not had access to funding are seen, heard, and supported. All groups we fund must practice non-violence.

Please note: we do not fund any voluntourism or initiatives that benefit the organiser(s) more than the communities they seek to serve.

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What we fund

  • Ideas that offer radical alternatives to the current status quo, and focus on large-scale change (for example, community alternatives to policing initiatives).
  • Projects that mobilise and offer resources to underserved communities. This could include activist skillshares, leadership workshops, networking events, climate camps, etc.
  • Campaigns that act in solidarity with, build relationships with, and amplify communities and activists in the Global South.
  • Resource building, such as equipment purchases and rentals, transportation costs, professional hires for actions, research and campaigns.
  • Projects that meet the immediate needs of underserved communities, such as community fridges.

Our funding is not exclusive to environmental groups. We also welcome applications for projects, activities or campaigns that focus on:

  • Disability justice
  • LGBTQIA+ justice
  • Migrant justice
  • Racial justice
  • Class justice

Apply for the Movement Support Fund

We are open to applicants from grassroots groups, activists, and community organisers. We ask that you are based in the UK and have access to a bank account. Funding for projects are considered on a case by case basis and we may not always be able to fund them fully.

The Movement Support Fund does not fund NGOs, political parties, or government organisations.

Please use the form that follows to make a request for funding. We would like applications to be accessible to those who apply. If you don’t feel comfortable writing or this type of form is inaccessible to you, please submit a video or voice recording instead. For questions or to submit a video or voice application, you can send an email to movuk@greenpeace.org.

Movement Support Fund form

Type your name in the box to get started.

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