Grants for Community Playgrounds
National Lottery Awards for All England

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For parish councils looking to buy a new playground, the National Lottery Awards for All England program can be a valuable resource.

It offers grants between £300 and £20,000 to support projects that enhance community spaces, such as playgrounds, to foster stronger community bonds. Parish councils can apply for funding to create or refurbish community playgrounds, making them more accessible and enjoyable for local residents.

This program emphasises community development and aims to fund projects that bring people together and improve local community spaces.

For detailed application criteria and the process, visiting the official National Lottery Community Fund website is recommended.

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Hub for community engagement

A new playground is not just a place for play; it’s a hub for community engagement, promoting health, well-being, and social interaction among children and families.

By applying for a grant from the National Lottery Awards for All England, parish councils can transform underutilised spaces into vibrant, inclusive playgrounds that cater to the diverse needs of the community.

This project aligns perfectly with the program’s objectives to improve community spaces and support people to achieve their potential by fostering early engagement in active and communal outdoor activities.

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Positive impact on local communities

When considering an application, parish councils should focus on how the new playground will serve the community, detailing its benefits in promoting physical activity, social interaction, and accessibility for all.

The application process emphasises accessibility, encouraging initiatives that have a clear, positive impact on local communities.

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Involvement of local residents

In addition to physical improvements, the funding can also support the involvement of local residents in the planning and development process, ensuring the playground meets the specific needs and desires of the community it will serve.

This participatory approach not only enhances the project’s relevance but also strengthens community bonds and ownership of the new space.

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National Lottery Awards for All England

Social connections and community activities are at the heart of creating healthier, happier lives and a flourishing society. That’s why we support amazing community-led projects.

We offer funding from £300 to £20,000. And can support your project for up to two years.

You can apply for funding to deliver a new or existing activity or to support your organisation to change and adapt to new and future challenges.

We can fund projects that’ll do at least one of these things:

  • bring people together to build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage
  • support people, communities and organisations facing more demands and challenges because of the cost-of-living crisis.



Suitable for:

Voluntary or community organisations

Funding size:

£300 to £20,000, for up to two years

Application deadline:

Ongoing. Apply at least 16 weeks before you want to start the activities or spend any of the money.

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Overall, the National Lottery Awards for All England program offers a golden opportunity for parish councils to lead transformative projects that leave a lasting impact on their communities.

By leveraging this funding, councils can develop playgrounds that not only provide joy and entertainment but also become a cornerstone of community life, reflecting the shared values and aspirations of the people they serve.

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