People Need Parks: Funding Opportunities
Empowering communities to enjoy inclusive, sustainable and quality open spaces
Haringey parks and green spaces are used and loved by many. To increase and encourage usage of parks, the council provides funding to enable groups and individuals to plan, organise and facilitate a wide range of events and activities that make them better and safer places to be.
Details on how to apply can be found here, but please read the following information before completing the form.
The People Need Parks: Funding Opportunities (previously known as the Parks and Open Spaces Small Grants Scheme) has three priority outcomes. Groups and individuals are able to apply for funding to carry out their planned activity, as long as they meet at least one of the objectives detailed below.
- Inclusivity – We know that parks are loved and valued by many. But we also know that some communities and groups are underrepresented in the usage of parks. This could be for a variety of reasons: they don’t feel comfortable or safe using them; they may not think there’s anything for them to do in a park; or they’ve just never thought about using them. We want parks to be welcoming places to everyone and want to encourage those who may not feel comfortable using them, to do so.
- Sustainability – We want everyone using parks to support the council’s declaration of a climate emergency. Everything that happens in parks needs to be managed in a sustainable way; to help fight climate change, reduce the usage of single-use plastics and protect and improve the biodiversity of our precious green spaces and environment.
- Quality – Some of our parks are award winners, but this isn’t just because they look nice. Activity and usage play a huge part in making parks busy places, where people choose to be, and we want everyone to use them responsibly and feel safe when doing so. We also want to help and encourage groups to build on quality provision, by offering funding to improve management of those groups with a positive connection to a park, or build capacity to grow and improve within it.
If you are planning on organising an event or activity for the community, we want you to consider how you will encourage harder to reach groups to visit or participate. We know that there are certain groups within the Haringey community that are under-represented when we look at who currently uses the parks. These include those from ethnic minorities, older people, women and girls and those with disabilities. When planning your event or activity, please ensure you give extra consideration as to how these groups can be encouraged to attend and participate.
To qualify for funding all events must be free to attend, with no entry fee attached.
Haringey Council has declared a climate emergency. And we want everyone using the parks and those applying for funding to use the parks for activity, to understand, educate and help us protect the environment.
This can be done in a variety of ways. The council’s greener events guide provides advice and solutions to ensure events and activities are run in the best way they can be, whilst protecting the natural environment. This includes reducing the usage of single use plastics, through to thinking about the supplies you are offering and where they are coming from, to save on carbon footprints.
Funding could also go towards improvement projects such as community litter picking activities or planting more sustainable shrubs in parks that need little watering and that increase biodiversity.
This can be shown in a number of ways. The borough’s parks are attractive spaces, and this is only achieved with the help of the community. Many groups carry out improvement tasks such as nature conservation workdays, litter picks or putting on events and activities for the community to enjoy.
We also want to help you become better at organising events and activities. We want you to think long-term about what you are trying to achieve, and how you can improve year on year.
We want to fund annual events and activities, but we also want you to think about how these can be improved, and if there is any way to increase the funding of these through other opportunities.
You may also need help in increasing capacity of your group through website development or promotional material, to encourage and attract people to help you, or through training to give you the knowledge and skills you need to improve parks for everyone.
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