the ODPM's Living Spaces programme, offering more than £1m to 64
community groups across the country.
is a three year £30m grant scheme aimed at helping local people
improve their environment. The scheme provides funds and
support to community groups across England wanting to create or
improve play areas, gardens, parks and other spaces near to where
Yvette Cooper, minister for regeneration, said: 'Local communities
know what needs to be done to improve their parks and green spaces.
These grants give people the chance to put their local ideas into
'People want to feel proud of the place where they live. But if there
is nowhere for children to play, pensioners to stroll, or families to
enjoy, then the quality of life for the whole community is
'I look forward to announcing the next round of successful projects
in the New Year.'
Bell Green People's Park in Coventry is one of the first successful
projects, with local people receiving £25,000 to transform an
underused space into a community garden for all ages. The award will
enable them to create new seating, improve pathways and build a
raised sensory area so elderly residents can take an active role in
creating the new garden. A kickabout area will also be built for
younger residents to enjoy.
Topping Fold and Fairfield Tenants and Residents Association in Bury
are also benefiting from a Living Spaces award of £25,000. The group
will be using their grant to improve an overgrown plot of land and
create a herb garden with disabled access. The funding will also
allow them to install a new barbeque, a quiet seating area and a
children's play area with wild grass meadow.
As well as providing grants from £1,000 to £100,000, Living Spaces
a lso helps local groups by providing practical support and expert
advice on how to deliver projects successfully. A network of trained
Living Spaces advisors is on hand to help groups think through their
ideas and develop detailed budgets and action plans. They can also
put groups in touch with other local organisations who can help to
ensure the projects are a success.
Living Spaces grants are available to existing neighbourhood groups
anywhere in England. For further information go to
39 of the 64 community groups offered grants under the Living Spaces
scheme have replied to confirm their acceptance. These are listed
A full breakdown of the 64 will be available on the Living Spaces
website once each community group has responded.
Living Spaces is funded by the ODPM. It is managed by Groundwork with
support from GreenSpace and is run in association with The Civic
Trust, The Experience Corps, The Federation of City Farms and
Community Gardens and The Wildlife Trusts.
Living Spaces is a £30m scheme and forms part of the deputy prime
minister's Sustainable Communities plan - where £201m was given
The scheme is open to existing neighbourhood groups and will provide
grants between £1,000 and £100,000 to support activities including:
- Improving small local parks
- Creating or improving 'pocket parks' and community gardens
- Creating or improving play areas or seating areas
- Cleaning up neglected land in residential areas
- Restoring village greens
- Carrying out small planting schemes on verges or on estates
- Creating or improving nature areas or city farms
- Restoring ponds, pathways, gateways or boundaries
Out of the 64 projects awarded grants:
23 are for public play areas;
11 are for nature areas/walks;
7 are for parks inc. kick-about areas;
17 are for community gardens;
6 are for village greens/streetscapes.
A table of Living Spaces grants officially accepted so far is available here.