We realise how important funding can be when considering a new play space and how difficult it can be to find. Knowing where to look is always a good start and as there are so many possible funding organisations, we have put together a selection of links to ones that you might find useful. Having an idea of your requirements would be helpful when looking for any relevant funding and we would be happy to help advise on your play space needs prior to applying any applications.

People’s Health Trust

Healthy communities small grant programme.

They operate in each of the local areas in rotation, it is suitable for projects that:

  • Last up to 12 months
  • Are run by local charities and community groups with an annual income of less than £75,000 a year

The People’s Health Trust funds projects between £5,000 and £10,000.

Contact Details
People’s Health Trust, Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA

Big Society Capital

Big Society Capital provides £400m, £600m from dormant bank accounts and £200m from high street banks. They will develop socially orientated investment organisations that support charities and social enterprises that will have the ability to repay an investment through the income they generate.

Contact Details
Big Society Capital, 72-78 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HY

Tel: 020 7186 2500


Sport England

Protecting Playing fields is part of a scheme called Places People Play Olympic Legacy, which is investing £10m of National Lottery Funding in community sports projects. Also some other funding from Sport England would be the Sport England Small Grants Programme which can fund anything from £300 to £10,000 to not- for profit organisations, they do this to help more young people and adults take and keep a sporting habit for life. To apply for any of these please start to fill in the Pre-Application Checklist.

Contact Details
Sport England, 3rd Floor Victoria House , Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4SE

Tel: 0345 8508 508


The Football Foundation

The largest UK’s sports charity which is funded by the Premier League, they deliver many programmes, one being the Facilities Scheme, this provides money to develop new or improve facilities for community benefit, the maximum amount for this funding is £500,000.

Contact Details
The Football Foundation, Whittington House, 19-30 Alfred Place, London, WC1E 7EA

Tel: 0345 3454 555


Coalfields Regeneration trust

Coalfields Regeneration Trust promotes and achieves social and economic regeneration in the coalfields of England, Scotland and Wales. The two funding options are:

Bridging the Gap Programme, which allows anything from £500 to £10,000 of funding, this is programme a for grass roots organisations that the Trust supports.

Contact Details
1 Waterside Park, Valley Way, Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 0BB

Phone: 01226 270800
Fax: 01226 272899


Big Lottery and HLF parks for people, England

This is a programme is a joint initiative between the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund. This programme provides funding between £250,000 and £5m, to apply for the funding please complete the pre- application enquiry found on their website.

Contact Details
7 Holbein Place, London, SW1W 8NR

Tel: 020 7591 6042/44
Fax: 020 7591 6001
Text service: 020 7591 6255


Big Lottery Reaching Communities (England)

The Reaching Communities funds projects that help people and the communities most in need, they have two strands (Small Capital- funding from £10,000 to £500,000 for revenue projects.) or (Researching Communities buildings- funding from £100,000 and £500,000 for large capital projects)

Contact Details
Tel: 0845 410 20 30



Big Lottery People and Places Programme (Wales)

This programme applies to people who want to make their communities a better place to live in. The funding amount that you are able to apply for is £5,000- £1m to apply for this programme, please follow the steps online.

Contact Details
Tel: 0300 123 0735


Big Lottery – Awards for all, England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland

The Awards for all programme fund not for profits groups, parish or town councils, schools or health bodies, the funding available is £300 to £10,000.

Contact Details

Big Awards for All
2 St James’ Gate, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4BE

Tel: 0191 376 1600
Fax: 0191 376 1661
Text phone: 0191 376 1776

Awards for All Wales
Tel: 0845 4 10 20 30
Fax: 01686 622 458
Text phone: 0845 6 02 16 59

Awards for All Scotland
4th Floor, 1 Atlantic Quay, 1 Robertson Street, Glasgow, G2 8JB

Tel: 0141 242 1400
Fax: 0141 242 1401
Text phone: 0141 242 1500


Happy’s Circus

Dedicated to bringing the enchanting world of circus to schools and charities across the UK, raising substantial funds and promoting community spirit. Founded in 1992, Happy’s Circus is the market leader with over two decades of experience of working with PTAs & Charities.

Contact Details
Happy Promotions Ltd, Wessex House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 9FD

Tel: 02380 613288  


WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental)

WREN offers grants from £2,000- £7,000, they are an environmental body that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites.

Contact Details
WREN House, Manor Farm, Bridgham, Norfolk,  NR16 2RX

Tel: 01953 717 165
Fax: 01953 718 202



Main grant scheme £5k to £50k and small grants £250 to £5k are awarded to community and environmental projects across the UK. The Funds money comes from landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.

Contact Details
Grants Officer North West & Eastern England (Main, Flagship and Small Grants)
West Midlands (Small Grants)

Tel: 01636 670058


Lady Allen of Hurtwood Trust

Lady Allen was a pioneer in the field of children’s rights and adventure play for disabled children. Grants are awarded to candidates working with children with a particular emphasis on those who work with disabled children and/or children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The aim is to offer candidates the opportunity to travel and broaden their professional experience which they can then apply to their work with children.

Application forms and guidelines (and information about previous grants awarded and the life of LadyAllen) can be found at or by emailing Caroline Richards at

Veolia Trust

The Trust is committed to supporting community and environmental projects across the UK. These could include projects aiming to install or enhance play areas and skate parks, restore footpaths and green spaces, protect natural habitats or improve community halls.