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New Parks for People Programme

Date uploaded: October 31, 2012

New Parks for People Programme (UK)

At a national event to inspire new thinking about the future of the UK’s public parks under threat, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and BIG Lottery Fund (BIG) announced they will invest £100 million for public parks over the next three years. This funding marks a renewed commitment to parks by HLF and BIG, who since 1996 have jointly invested over £640million and transformed over 700 historic public spaces.

The new-look Parks for People programme aims to get local people more involved in the management of their parks and, for the first time, will provide funding to conserve historic cemeteries and offer help and advice about long term park maintenance. The programme has also been simplified so that local authorities, community trusts and friends groups will be able to access funding in a more streamlined way. 

Grants will range from £100,000 to £5 million, with HLF committing over £70 million and BIG giving £30 million between 2013 and 2015.

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