Communities across England, Wales and Scotland will soon be able to apply for up to £12,000 for local green space projects thanks to a new grant scheme being launched with the proceeds generated from the sale of carrier bags by Tesco.
It is anticipated that there will be two funding rounds per year over the next three years. The first funding round opens on 19 October 2015 and will close on 30 November 2015.
The scheme is open to community groups, charities and some public sector organisations and will fund capital improvement projects such as parks, play areas, community gardens and other green spaces.
The scheme is managed by environmental charity Groundwork.
The grants programme will be open to voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, local authorities and housing organisations. It will fund capital projects that provide community benefit and have free and open access to all members of the community for a minimum of six days a week, during daylight hours.
Projects that would typically receive funding include:
Parks, pocket parks and urban green spaces
Green corridors – river and canals, cycle ways
Formal and informal play areas
Open access sports facilities within public parks and recreation grounds – eg football pitches, tennis courts and cricket pitches
Informal outdoor recreation facilities; eg gym equipment, trim trails and woodland walks
Nature reserves, community woodland, ponds and village greens
Community allotments, community gardens, orchards and city farms
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