Parks and Open Spaces Small Grants Scheme 2019/20
Small Grants Scheme 2019/20
We've awarded over £20,000 to support many exciting events and ambitions projects as part of the Finsbury Park 150th celebrations.
Haringey Council runs the Parks and Open Spaces Small Grants Scheme to offer local groups the opportunity to apply for money to improve, develop and encourage community activity within parks and green spaces managed by the council.
The borough benefits from approximately 383 hectares of green open space, ranging from recreation grounds, formally laid out parks, ancient woodlands, nature reserves, community gardens and small areas of land located on streets known as ‘pocket parks’.
Much of this open space is managed by the council with the main exceptions being Alexandra Park, Highgate Wood and the Lee Valley Regional Park.
Open spaces contribute to our overall quality of life. They provide habitats where nature and wildlife can thrive and where communities can enjoy healthy, active lifestyles while building stronger communities.
For many years the council has worked closely with Friends Groups and other stakeholders with strong links to the borough’s parks. The focus is on improving the quality of parks for all to enjoy and benefit from, and providing events and drive for physical improvements.
The Parks and Open Spaces Small Grants Scheme demonstrates the council’s commitment to building upon these existing relationships, and offers resources and support to help groups grow and develop.
This year there are six Themes to apply for money against:
- Theme 1: Projects and events
- Theme 2: Community festivals and events fund
- Theme 3: Growing your group
- Theme 4: Making it happen
- Theme 5: Lordship Recreation Ground: Community events, activities and projects
- Theme 6 - Finsbury Park 150th Anniversary Celebrations 2019
With the creation of Theme 2: Community festivals and events fund, the Small Grants Scheme allows anyone with the passion and drive to host a free, one off event in their local space, to apply for money made available specifically for this reason.
The Small Grants Scheme is launched each year at the beginning of April. Applications can be made on submission of an application form and the necessary supporting documentation, as detailed under each of the Theme criteria.
Money will be allocated to successful applicants on a first come, first served basis, as long as groups meet the criteria. Once all the money has been allocated, further applications will not be accepted and groups will be encouraged to apply for money when the Scheme is re-launched the following year.
Groups will be required to prove on application that they have match funding of at least 50% of project costs in place, be this cash or ‘in-kind’ – for example volunteer time, materials, transport etc.
|Theme||1. Projects and events||2. Community festivals and events fund||3. Growing your group||4. Making it happen||5. Lordship Rec: Community events, activities, projects|
|Total budget available in year||£10,000||£15,000||£3,600||£1,400||£10,000|
|Total amount available per group in year||£1,000||£1,000||£400||£200||£1,000|
|Who can apply|
Community Association / Group
Residents' / Tenants' Association
|Any other group or individual (who does not qualify under Theme 1)||Friends Groups|
Other park stakeholders with proven connection to a Haringey park (not Friends) inc
|Recognised Lordship Rec User Groups|
|Supporting evidence required|
Theme 1 & 3 application form
Group bank account statement / building society passbook
Minutes of recent meeting
Theme 2 application form
Event management planand detailed breakdown of costs involved
Group constitution (only if formally constituted)
Group bank statement (only if formally constituted)
|Theme 1 & 3 application form||Theme 4 application form|
Theme 5 application Form
Written support from LRUF
Group bank statement / building society passbook
Minutes from recent Group meeting
- Groups can apply for an award any time from the launch of the Grant Scheme in April through to the end of the awarding period in March
- Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a first come, first served basis, as long as they meet the Grant criteria
- Once the total budget has been allocated, no further applications will be accepted
- Groups will complete and submit the applicable application form, together with all the required supporting documentation – application forms can be downloaded from the Theme pages
- Within two weeks of an application being received, a decision will be made and the group will be informed of the outcome
- Those groups applying for Theme 5 must seek prior approval for their application from the Lordship Rec User Forum before submitting an application to the Council
We expect all groups to contribute a maximum of 50% of the project costs. This may be in cash or ‘in-kind’ – for example volunteer time, materials, transport etc and needs to be evidenced at the point of application.
Event Application Process
Groups applying to the Parks and Open Spaces Small Grants Scheme for funding to host an event or activity in a park must follow the council’s event application process to seek council permission in advance of using the park.
To find out dates that a park is available for an event and more information on how the process works, including an application form, please email email@example.com or call 020 8489 1418.
For a small event to be held in a Haringey managed park (less than 500 people attending) the council require at least six weeks notice.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the Parks and Open Spaces Small Grants Scheme, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8489 1418.
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