‘Pocket Parks’ funding update: Invitations for communities to transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces in England

peopleMinistry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has launched invitations to community-led organisations, in partnership with local authorities, to apply for funding to create new pocket parks and refurbish existing parks in England.

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MHCLG writes in the Prospectus:

MHCLG 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 wellbeing, 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…..

Read more and download the Prospectus…

For more background see the IHBC NewsBlog

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