One-off grants of up to £25,000 are available for community groups working with local authorities to establish new pocket parks, creating safe and usable green spaces, and for helping to restore and renovate existing parks which have fallen into disrepair, bringing them back into public use.
The funding is intended to help put communities and their partners in a position to take on the management of green spaces of value to them, and contribute resource towards upgrading spaces so that they are in good condition and communities can focus on managing them for the future. Communities are required to obtain match-funding towards the grant awarded and they need to provide evidence that a minimum of 30% of the grant applied for has been secured. To be eligible, applicants must:
- Be a community group with a constitution, e.g. a friends’ group, a tenants’ group, community gardeners’ association etc.
- Show they have engaged their local authority to secure their support.
- Show evidence that it is a community-led proposal with a need for green space to address a specific local need.
- Be able to produce a sustainability plan for the future of the park by 31 March 2019
The funding support will enable, for example, (this list is not exhaustive):
- Capital – support to prepare a site, earth-works, landscaping, tree planting, structural works etc. and put it into a good condition for further development.
- Resource – to secure support from relevant experts (i.e. landscape architects, lawyers, horticulturalists or wider green sector experts) and/or to connect with existing green space support networks.
Link to application pack is https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pocket-parks-plus-supporting-parks-and-public-spaces