£50m fund for communities

A £50m fund is now available to help community groups improve their local environment.

Last week the Groundwork UK-managed Community Spaces programme was declared open to applications. Community groups are being encouraged to apply for lottery funding to create or regenerate play areas, community gardens, parks, village greens and pathways.

The programme was set up by a consortium of environmental organisations comprising BTCV, the Civic Trust, the Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens, GreenSpace, Natural England and the Wildlife Trusts.

Civic Trust community spaces manager Julie Bustos said: "We are appealing to all community groups out there - including friends' groups of Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces - to get their share of funding and boost the fantastic work they are already doing or even spark new ideas to improve their local communities."

The Big Lottery Fund is providing the £50m funding under its £234m Changing Spaces initiative.

- Application packs are available at www.community-spaces.org.uk or by calling 0845 367 1671.

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