Over the next two years, Nesta, The Heritage Lottery Fund and The Big Lottery Fund will back a small number of pioneering innovations, with a focus on finding the new business models that will enable our parks to thrive for the next century.
For example, what if parks made the most of temporary installations to generate income - like open air cinemas, food festivals or art showcases? What if communities took on the maintenance of parks, or real-time user data from smartphones was used to inform maintenance regimes?
If you've got an idea to reimagine the way your local park is used, maintained or run, we want to hear from you.
Why are we doing this?
Like many other public services our public parks are under increasing pressure, with limited resources available for maintenance and management. Public sector funding for discretionary services like parks is projected to fall by 60% or more over the next decade.
We need ambitious new business models, management tools and partnerships to create a more sustainable future for the way our parks are used and maintained. Not only could this lead to greater financial security for parks, it could also create new opportunities for employment and education, increased health and wellbeing, and greater biodiversity.
Find out more about the current challenges and opportunities for parks in our new report: Rethinking Parks: Exploring new business models for 21st century parks.
What are we doing?
We've opened a £1m grant fund to back the best parks innovations, called Rethinking Parks.
Nesta, The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund are running Rethinking Parks to find and support organisations and partnerships with bold new ideas for using and sustaining the UK's public parks.
Through grant funding of up to £100,000 per project and a package of non-financial support, Rethinking Parks will back orgainsations and partnerships to develop, test, scale and share new approaches to help UK parks thrive.
Please note that the first stage of the Rethinking Parks fund is now closed.
Got a great idea to reimagine your local park? Find out more about how to apply for funding here.
Got a question?
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