A new £10 million ‘Future Parks Accelerator’ fund for public parks and green spaces

Together with Heritage Lottery Fund we’ve launched a new £10 million ‘Future Parks Accelerator’ initiative that aims to secure a future for urban parks and green spaces. We hope to find and back ambitious and sustainable solutions to protect and enhance the local green spaces that really matter to communities.

Currently open for Expressions of Interest, the Future Parks Accelerator (FPA) is a UK-wide £10 million strategic initiative. It will enable up to eight local authorities and communities to develop and implement bold and innovative funding and management solutions for all their green spaces across, against a challenging backdrop of financial uncertainty.

How it will work

The FPA will support places to grow the contribution parks make to civic life whilst becoming financially sustainable. It will involve discovering how parks and green spaces could be better used, managed and funded to serve community needs and aspirations now and over the next generation.

With grant funding and support from a team of experts, the places chosen to be FPA pioneers will work together to catalyse and share innovation, learn rapidly together and build their capacity to lead for ambitious change both in their place and to benefit the rest of the UK.

It will encourage new partnerships whilst supporting the role of local authorities as vital owners, funders and co-managers of green spaces. It will promote an holistic approach, ensuring that all parks and green spaces in an area are protected and enhanced to deliver quality and fair access to green spaces for free for everyone.

“We know that local parks are the places where people engage with nature most often. They are the places where our children play, and where we go for quiet reflection when we want to escape our hectic lives. By partnering with the Heritage Lottery Fund, I hope that we can help to protect so many more of these wonderful spaces for future generations to enjoy.”  

Hilary McGrady, our Director-General

The initiative will run over two years and combine £5m in HLF grant funding with £5m in value of National Trust expertise and resources.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is midday Monday 19 November.  A number of places will then be invited to submit a full application later this year with decisions on which places will receive support made in February 2019.

Find out more about Future Parks Accelerator by visiting the parks webpage.

You can read more about why the financial crisis facing public parks matters to the National Trust here.

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