Pocket Parks Plus

Status:  Open to applications

Application Deadline: 25 January 2019


Description

One-off grants are available for community groups working with local authorities to establish new pocket parks, creating safe and usable green spaces, and for helping to restore and renovate existing parks which have fallen into disrepair, bringing them back into public use.


Details

Fund Value: £ 1,000,000
Maximum Value: £ 25,000

Value Notes

There is a total of £1 million allocated to this programme for 2018/19 with grants of up to £15,000 for new pocket parks and £25,000 for refurbishment of existing parks split between capital and revenue.


Extended Description

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has launched the new £1 million Pocket Parks Plus fund to support the development of new pocket parks and to refurbish existing parks that have fallen into disrepair where their restoration could have a significant positive impact on the local community and address a specific local need.

The funding is intended to help put communities and their partners in a position to take on the management of green spaces of value to them, and contribute resource towards upgrading spaces so that they are in good condition and communities can focus on managing them for the future.


Latest Information

The deadline for applications is 25 January 2019 (5pm). Successful applicants will be notified by 28 February 2019             


Key Criteria

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a community group in England. This could be a group of people who have come together, for example a friends’ group, a tenants’ group, community gardeners’ association etc.
  • Have a constitution.
  • Show they have engaged their local authority to secure their support.
  • Show evidence that it is a community-led proposal with a need for green space to address a specific local need.
  • Be able to produce a sustainability plan for the future of the park by 31 March 2019

Eligible Expenditure

Pocket parks are defined for this programme 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 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.

The funding support will enable, for example, (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Capital – support to prepare a site, earth-works, landscaping, tree planting, structural works etc. and put it into a good condition for further development.
  • Resource – to secure support from relevant experts (ie. landscape architects, lawyers, horticulturalists or wider green sector experts) and/or to connect with existing green space support networks.

Match funding Restrictions

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.

Match funding can be from local authorities, charitable bodies or foundations, from community events, crowd-funding, local business and/or elsewhere. The Government funding is expected to be used to start delivery and establish the site and its core features, putting it into a good sound condition that the community can then add features as they secure further resource to do so.


Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Ongoing general maintenance.
  • Work that would happen anyway.
  • Retrospective costs.

Payment Procedure

Grants will be paid to the principal local authority that is supporting the application in early March 2019 with funding to be spent by the end of March 2019.


Application Procedure

An application form and guidelines can be found on the GOV.UK website.

The completed application form and the required supporting documents should be submitted by email (pocketparks@communities.gsi.gov.uk)

Community groups and their partner councils can submit applications for as many sites as they wish but one application is required for each site.

Contact the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for further information.


Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.
Contact details:
Enquiries
Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) 
Fry Building 
2 Marsham Street 
London 
SW1P 4DF
Telephone:
030 3444 0000
Email:
pocketparksplus@communities.gov.uk