Government Launches New Pocket Park Fund

funding updates
Published date: 
Tuesday, 5th November 2019

Community groups working in partnership with their local authority can apply for funding to develop new pocket parks or to renovate existing parks.

This week, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) launched the new £1.35 million Pocket Parks, which will provide grants of up to £15,000 for new pocket parks and up to £25,000 for refurbishment of existing parks.

This programme defines pocket parks as 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.

The funding is intended for 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 addressing health and wellbeing, integration social isolation or loneliness.

Groups will need to come up with match funding and be able to spend the grant by the end of March 2020.

The deadline for applications is 31 December 2019 (5pm).

Full details can be found on the GOV.UK website.