How To Apply
Visitors including a man pushing a woman in a wheelchair across a wooden bridge at Birkenhead Park

Parks for People 

Parks for People is for projects related to historic parks and cemeteries in the UK. You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million.

You can read more about Parks for People in the application guidance. Your application will have a better chance of success if you read this thoroughly before you apply. 

Please note that we have updated our application guidance. This includes new information about staff costs in Section 7: Project costs and applies to all first-round applications submitted from 6 December 2013 onwards.

The difference we want to make 

Parks for people projects need to contribute towards the ten outcomes listed below.

Outcomes for heritage:

With our investment, heritage will be:
  • better managed
  • in better condition
  • better interpreted and explained
  • identified/recorded.

Outcomes for people:

With our investment, people will have:
  • developed skills
  • learnt about heritage
  • volunteered time.

Outcomes for communities:

With our investment:
  • your local area/community will be a better place to live, work or visit
  • environmental impacts will be reduced
  • more people and a wider range of people will have engaged with heritage.

Application process 

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

  • At the first and second round, we assess your application in three months, and then it goes to the next decision meeting.
  • Your development phase can take up to 24 months, depending on the complexity of your project.

We recommend that you send us a project enquiry form before you apply. To do this, register here.

Decision meetings 

Decisions are made twice a year. You can submit a first-round or second-round application for either meeting. Application forms and all supporting documents need to have been received by HLF before 12pm and no later on the following dates:

  • 31 August 2014 for a decision in December 2014
  • 2 March 2015 for a decision in June 2015
  • 1 September 2015 for a decision in December 2015

In England, the programme is jointly funded by the BIG Lottery Fund (BIG)



Young filmmakers from Northern Stars - Tyneside Cinema's programme for 15-18 year-olds - explain how HLF funding helped to transform their local parks.

Parklife video transcript (PDF, 130KB)

Parks for People front cover 

Parks for People 

Application materials

Essential reading

Good-practice guidance

We provide a range of good-practice guidance to help you plan and deliver your heritage project.

Rethinking Parks

Through a new £1m programme, Rethinking Parks, Nesta, Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund have awarded grants to a set of organisations to support innovative and promising new business models for public parks. To find out mpre about the programme, please visit the Rethinking Parks website.

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