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Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Parks for People – Heritage Lottery

Local Authorities as well as not for profit organisations that own public parks and gardens can apply for grants of between £100,000 and £5 million for the regeneration of parks and public gardens (including squares, walks and promenades).

To be considered for funding, applicants need to show that:

  • The community values the park as part of their heritage
  • The parks meets local social, economic and environmental needs
  • The park management actively involves local people.

Recent awards include a £1.84 million grant to restore Castle Park in Cheshire back to its original historic landscape and to improve sports facilities, the play area, and cafe and kiosk facilities and a £3.5million grant to restore the historic landscaping and buildings, upgrading footpaths, entrances.

Parks for People applications go through a two-round process. This is so that applicants can apply at an early stage of planning their project and get an idea of whether they have a good chance of getting a grant before they submit their proposals in greater detail.

The next deadline for submitting stage 1 applications is 1st September 2017 (for a decision in December).

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