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).