Playbuilder, launched by Labour to fund new play areas for kids, had been on hold while the coalition Government considered the future of the £75m scheme.
The Department for Education said it was lopping almost £21m from the budget, leaving just over £54m to be divvied up among schools. "The revised play capital allocations will provide a saving for the department, reducing the original play capital budget," said a representative.
"Revised applications have reduced the amount of money for each local authority, but they are still receiving two-thirds of their allocations."
Education secretary Michael Gove explained: "The aim is to achieve a fair distribution, so revised allocations cover expenditure already incurred and contractual commitments."
Oxford will receive the most (£862,000) and Rutland and the City London the least (£62,500).West Berkshire will gain just over £500,000 for projects across several sites. Councillor for children and families Gordon Lundie said: "This will allow improvements to 12 play areas as planned. The project teams have been notified."