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Parklife Community Fund opens for local applicants and causes

15 Dec 2017 - 14:06 by michelle.foster

Community groups wishing to run a project within parks / green spaces near to or in Heaton Park are invited to apply for a grant from the Parklife 2017 Community Fund. Parklife Community Fund

The Fund - run by the festival in cooperation with Manchester and Bury councils - is the result of the festival’s approach to partnership working with the two local authorities and makes more than £44,000 available this year for the benefit of community groups. Priority will be given to groups and projects that utilise parks and open spaces, although all are encouraged to apply with any ideas or requests, to help improve the area they share.

Raised from contributions made at the festival by guest-list attendees, the fund in part supports the officially championed charity ‘Superjosh’, for brain tumour sufferers and families, which received an impressive £26,000. An additional £5,000 was raised through festival tickets being donated to various charities for raffles and auctions – taking the total amount raised for charitable causes from Parklife 2017 to more than £75,000.

The Parklife Community Fund provides a portion of Manchester City Council's Neighbourhood Investment Fund and also enables Bury Council to budget for their own annual scheme.

The Manchester fund covers Higher Blackley and Crumpsall and applications should be made by the end of January 2018.

The Bury fund covers Sedgley, Holyrood and St Mary’s, as part of the Council’s participatory budget, with individual award limits of £1,500 and a deadline of 4pm on 14 January 2018; applications will go to a Prestwich Councillor Panel in the first round and a public vote for the second round, which is scheduled to take place 6pm on 28 February 2018.

For further information and to apply, visit: www.manchester.gov.uk/info/500318/heaton_park/7489/major_event_community_information/3, or www.theburydirectory.co.uk/parklifefund, or email: ben.turner@groundcontroluk.com

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