For our increasingly urban population, parks are often the only green space where people can meet, play, relax and come close to nature. Parks have always been a priority for HLF and since we first started to invest in them in 1996 we have awarded over £850m across the UK, including £130m from Big Lottery Fund in England. Yet, as the recent State of UK Public Parks report highlights, many of our best-loved green spaces are in need of regeneration and investment.
Parks for People funding helps to conserve the heritage that makes both historic parks and cemeteries special. And it gives local people a say in how they are managed in the future. Projects improve people’s wellbeing and knowledge of their area, and make communities better places to live, work and visit.
We’re passionate about the difference our projects make for heritage, people and communities. We take account of the 10 outcomes your project will achieve in our assessment. You can read about these in the application guidance.
There are some additional documents we highly recommend you read:
- Activity plan guidance
- Management and maintenance plan guidance
- Conservation plan guidance
- Evaluation guidance
Applications go through a two-round process. This is so you can apply at an early stage of planning your project and get an idea of whether you're likely to receive a grant. Then you can send us your detailed proposals. At the first round you can also ask for funding to develop your project.
In England, the Parks for People programme is jointly funded with the Big Lottery Fund.
If you've got a question about applying, or delivering your project, join in our Online Community to get advice from grantees who've already been there and done it themselves.
We must receive your first-round application and all supporting documents by 12pm on:
- 1 September for a decision in December
- 29 February for a decision in June
The same deadlines apply to second-round applications and supporting documents. These must be received up to 26 months after the first-round decision.
Raphael Park, 17.8 hectares in size, is the town centre park for Romford, and is much loved and visited by the people of Havering and be
Barnes Park is one of the largest of the Sunderland’s green spaces and a green lung for the west of the city.