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Funding for pocket parks

Grant funding is available for communities to create or improve Pocket parks!  But hurry, the cut-off date for application is 5pm on 31 December 2019.

Pocket Parks: helping communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces 2019/2020.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is making available £1.35 million to create new pocket parks or renovate existing parks that have fallen into disrepair where it can be shown that physical changes could have a significant positive impact on the local community and address a specific local need.

This funding will help put communities and their partners in control of the management of green spaces of value to them; and contribute resource towards improving the condition of these spaces to ensure they are in good condition.

The Pocket Parks scheme builds on the success of the 2018 Pocket Parks Plus Scheme which has delivered funding to 198 projects across England. The scheme provides support, through grants to community-led bodies working in partnership with their local authority, with the aim of creating new pocket parks or bringing existing green spaces up to a safe, usable and inviting standard.

Improved green spaces will have long-term benefits supporting people to improve their health and well-being, bringing communities together or tackling loneliness and isolation by providing an accessible local space. We want to provide grants to projects that have thought about how to sustain improvements over a longer term.

The objectives of the programme are to deliver, across all areas of England, new pocket parks and support renovation of parks that have fallen into disrepair providing spaces for the local community to use, either as place to relax or for activities which will benefit the physical and mental health of local people.

More information and how to apply:

Read the guidance on pocket parks on GOV.UK.