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30 Mar 2010
Groundwork has awarded £4M funding for
Community Spaces, which is managed by
Groundwork UK and funded by the Big Lottery Fund, has today
announced nine significant grant awards to community-led projects
across the country. Successful groups have each secured
up to £450k of funding to transform green spaces in their
At a time where the threat to funding for parks and green open
spaces is rife, Lottery funding is enabling local people to take
control of public spaces and transform them for community
benefit. The transformations range from a new state of the
art natural play area in Torbay to a digital technology clad
heritage park in Cleveland.
The following nine projects have been awarded
a grant from Community Spaces;
Groundwork UK awards Community Spaces grants to local
groups that want to improve or create parks and green spaces.
Projects range from community gardens and play areas to outdoor
gyms and nature reserves.
Flagship grant awards were available in a one-off bidding round
that closed in January 2009. The groups that have been selected to
receive the grant awards had to demonstrate how their project will
improve the space for local people as well as significantly benefit
the wider community.
Tony Hawkhead, Groundwork UKs Chief Executive, said, “I am
delighted to be able to announce these significant grant awards
today. At a time when tightened Local Authority budgets are leaving
many of our parks and outdoor recreation areas facing uncertain
futures, the flagship grant awards will help secure much needed
green spaces that will have a big impact in their local
communities. I’d like to wish all the groups the very best of luck
and look forward to seeing the finished sites.”
Peter Wanless, Big Lottery Fund’s Chief Executive, said, “The
flagship awards announcement from the Community Spaces programme
includes some exemplary projects that are set to help people of all
ages enjoy and improve their local natural environment. The Big
Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme is already engaging
communities in the regeneration of green spaces and in growing
their own local food, and it gives me great pleasure to see these
If you’re a community-led group that wants to transform a patch
of land, green space or park in your neighbourhood then smaller
grants of £10k to just under £50k are available from Community
Spaces until January 2011, please visit the website; http://www.community-spaces.org.uk/
for more information.
For futher information contact Nisha Virdi: 0121 237
5872 or 07748 320 074.