Pocket Park Funding for Community Groups

Community groups can bid for funds to establish a new pocket park or refurbish an existing park.

  • Local communities encouraged to apply for pocket parks plus grants 
  • Up to £15,000 available to build new ‘pocket parks’ and up to £25,000 available for renovating existing parks

Green-fingered communities across England can bid for a share of £1 million fund to help develop their own ‘pocket parks’.

Pocket parks are small plots of land, often about the size of a tennis court, and mostly seen in urban spaces. They provide a green oasis which can help improve the physical and mental health of the communities using them.

Pocket parks are defined for this programme as a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares, although many are around 0.02 hectares – the size of a tennis court. 

Existing pocket parks are used for everything from a quiet escape from busy city life to physical exercise, growing vegetables, children’s play and community events.

Each pocket park will be an individual space tailored to the needs of the local area by the community group which has applied for the grant.

To apply, read the prospectus and download an application form. Return the completed form to pocketparkplus@communities.gov.uk. Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 25 January 2019.