The project, called 'Creating A National Voice for Parks', will provide the basis for establishing a wider and connected community network of those who support the aims of The Parks Alliance. The HLF grant will enable The Parks Alliance to research best practice membership models and recommend the best membership model to achieve financial sustainability.
Mark Camley, chairman of The Parks Alliance, said: "We know how much people value parks as 68 per cent of users consider spending time in their local park essential to their quality of life.
"This project will take us one step closer to ensuring parks in the UK are enhanced and their contribution to quality of life is protected. It will help all those organisations associated with parks and green spaces to prosper, and all those involved in maintaining and creating parks and green spaces will gain new skills and insight."
Drew Bennellick, head of landscape and natural heritage at HLF, said: "Despite a major renaissance, thanks in part to National Lottery investment, parks face an uncertain future. This money will enable The Parks Alliance to take a strategic role in leading the sector through a challenging financial landscape, ensuring parks adapt and thrive."