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Pocket parks plus: supporting parks and public spaces

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government is inviting applications from community groups interested in establishing a new pocket park or refurbishing an existing park.

The Ministry is providing a £1 million fund to support the development of new pocket parks and to refurbish existing parks that have fallen into disrepair.

In this scheme they will consider projects for refurbishment of a park or part of a park where this will bring those currently in a state of disrepair back into public use for the long-term and provide a safe accessible place for people in the local community to use. This could include improving access for those with limited mobilty or building or refurbishing a children’s play area, enabling the park to be a focal point for young families. This does not include funding of general maintenance or repairs which remains the responsibility of the local authority.

They expect to allocate grants of up to £15,000 for new pocket parks and £25,000 for refurbishment of existing parks split between capital and revenue.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 25th January 2019.

Please note: Basingstoke Voluntary Action work closely with the local community to raise awareness of grants and also assist with advice and guidance on applications etc. If you apply for this or any other grant, please let us know via email to enable us to understand what is being applied for. Also, if you are in fact successful in receipt of any grant please let us know to enable reporting of such funding locally.


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