New Funding Available to Create Pocket Parks and Revive Neglected Green Spaces – 31st December 2019 (England)

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has launched a new £1.35 million Pocket Parks Plus programme to help local communities in England create new pocket parks or to revive rundown green spaces in their area.

The definition of a Pocket Park is: “a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares (although many are around 0.02 hectares, the size of a tennis court) which may already be under grass but which is unused, undeveloped or derelict”.

Community groups can now bid grants of up to £15,000 for new pocket parks and up to £25,000 to renovate existing parks which have fallen into disrepair, bringing them back into public use.  Pocket Parks can be in a housing estate, adjacent to a canal, in a high street, in the ground of a local community facility such as a library or community centre, etc.

Applications can be made by community groups working in partnership with their local authority.  Applicants will need to have 30% of match funding in place.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 31st December 2019.

Useful Links:

Pocket parks plus: prospectus

Pocket parks plus: frequently asked questions

Pocket parks plus: application form

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