News from: Reading Voluntary Action
On 7 November, the Government launched a £1.5 million programme of support for communities to establish pocket parks in urban areas. The Prospectus invites communities, with the support of their local authority, to make an application for up to £10,000 capital and up to £5,000 resource funding per project.
There is no prescription on what a pocket park should look like and they welcome both innovative and traditional proposals. They are also keen to see applications from projects aiming to improve their local town centre or high street with a community green space. The aim is to increase access to good quality green space in a sustainable and community-led manner.
Any ideas that meet the criteria will be considered. Particular features that will be looked for in applications include:
- The site must be called a pocket park and be branded as such.
- It must be in an urban area of deprivation in England.
- It can be a new site or an existing site and all or part of a site.
- It needs to be accessible and available for the community who wish to use it and ideally openly accessible to all.
- The funding needs to be spent by the end of March 2016.
- The site must be no bigger than 0.4 hectares.
- The application needs the support of the local council (and/or any landowner involved).
- The applicant must be a constituted community group.
The deadline for applications is 17:00 on 10 December 2015.