Fund title: Pocket Parks Plus

Focus of fund/fund aims:

To develop new pocket parks as safe, usable green spaces, and to refurbish existing parks that have fallen into disrepair where their restoration could have a significant positive impact on the local community.

Application deadline:

25 January 2019

Fund description:

This is a £1million programme to support local community groups to develop their own small plots of land which provide an oasis from urban life and that help improve the physical and mental health of surrounding communities.

Pocket Parks are defined as a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares, although many are around 0.02 hectares – the size of a tennis court. Each pocket park will be an individual space tailored to the needs of the local area by the community group which has applied for the grant.

Grants of up to £15,000 are available for new pocket parks and up to £25,000 for refurbishment of existing parks. 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.

The funding will support communities to develop new green spaces, or improve existing ones that are in poor condition, that provide people with better quality spaces; increasing opportunities for social mixing, healthy living, relaxation, play, food growing and contact with nature.

Any community group with a constitution can apply – this could be a friends’ group, tenants’ organisation or community garden club. All applications must also be supported by the relevant local authority, which must be willing to hold the grant and pass it on to the community.

Further information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pocket-parks-plus-supporting-parks-and-public-spaces