Pocket parks grant funding
A pocket park is a small park accessible to the public. Pocket parks are often on small, irregular pieces of land.
What is pocket parks grant funding?
The government have created a £1.35million grant fund called Pocket parks. It's available for a limited time only. Community-led groups can apply for a grant of up to £25,000 to transform a neglected area into a new and useful green space.
The Pocket Parks scheme has already delivered funding to 198 projects across England. The aim is to encourage communities to bring existing green spaces up to a safe, usable and inviting standard.
The objectives of the programme are to create new community pocket parks across England. Funding is available to help renovate neglected community areas, or parks that have fallen into disrepair, and provide spaces for the local community to use that also benefit the physical and mental health of local people.
Funding the pocket parks scheme
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is making available £1.35 million to create new pocket parks, or renovate existing parks. Existing pocket parks which have fallen into disrepair may receive funding if a community can show that physical changes to a park could have a significant positive impact on the local community and address a specific local need.
Who will benefit from pocket park funding?
Pocket park funding will help put communities and their partners in control of the management of green spaces of value to them. The funding will contribute resource towards improving the condition of these spaces to ensure they are in good condition.
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.
How to apply for pocket park funding?
Read the guidance on pocket parks on GOV.UK. Find out how it is helping communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces. Take up the invitation to community-led organisations in partnership with local authorities to apply for funding to create new pocket parks and refurbish existing parks.