I know the council coverage but at the end of the day it's what is decided to apply for funding is down to the council when its for authority owned amenities, A formal friends of the park group could help as firstly it would show people are actually interested in the park, secondly they could then highlight what could be done, needs to be done, etc. Our local park has one, they plant bulbs, do regular park tidies, and another part we have a communal area with a coffee stall open every day and pizza maker every Friday night, a monthly craft fare and activities for the family. The footfall has increased considerably.
We can complain about the park but how many people actually use it.
As I said before Lottery grants are project specific, no matter who they are awarded too, they don't go into a general pot, so unless it's a multiple site or multiple aims which would have to be stated from the beginning it's not possible to divvy up, it would just be unsuccessful. You also very rarely get the full amount, so some sort of matched funding or leverage is essential.
I have been involved in both applying for funding including lottery and distributing grants for a number of years in both a paid and voluntary capacity. There's a lot of hoops to jump through, especially for the big things, with smaller projects and organisations I would always suggest multiple applications to smaller grant giver for smaller amounts, its faster, less scrutiny, and you can use the funds for leverage or matching against each other. There's a friends of the cemetery group,if you want to put something together speak to them, pick their brains, it will be helpful if anyone wants to set up a 'friends ' group for the park. Funding especially large grants take time, planning, enthusiasm and a clear goal, and quite often still fail.
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