Last weekend (12th-14th June 2020) would have seen the return of Parklife 2020, but with the festival no longer taking place organisers are keen to keep the spirit of Parklife alive by continuing to support local organisations via its Community Fund. Parklife are proud to announce that, for the first time, they are distributing Micro Grants to local community groups, a new initiative that was set up in 2019 – Parklife’s 10th Anniversary year, as part of the festival’s Community Fund (now in its 4th year).
The Community Fund, run by Parklife, in cooperation with Manchester, Bury and Rochdale councils, is the result of the festival’s approach to partnership working with the three local authorities. The fund is designed for the benefit of community groups and priority is given to groups and projects that utilise parks and open spaces. Funds are generated from contributions made at the festival by guest-list attendees and through festival tickets being donated to various charities for raffles and auctions. Parklife 2019 raised more than £92,000 for beneficiaries, with the Micro Grant element now being distributed in June 2020.
In Parklife’s 10th Anniversary year, organisers set up the Micro Grants initiative for local groups who want to grow an idea or need a smaller amount of funding (up to £500), or don’t necessarily fall within the three Community Fund council’s constituencies or priorities, such as the Beekeepers in Heaton Park. The Micro Grants are distributed directly by Parklife, using a simpler application process to park user groups / local groups, and not through the local authorities who distribute the majority of the Community Fund.
There are 16 groups and projects who have already received funding from the 2019 Parklife Community Fund, plus the following Micro Grant contributions:
Incredible Edible Community Orchard, Incredible Edible Community Garden, Friends of Heaton Hall, Nest Theatre, Heaton Park Tramway, Manchester & District Beekeepers.
The Fed, Bailey Street Bowling Association, Prestwich Cricket, Tennis, Bowling, Prestwich Clough Centenary, Albert Avenue Allotments, Seed Community Action, Simister Village Allotment Association, Prestwich Cinema, Creative Living Centre, Simister Village Community Association, Prestwich Methodist Youth Association, Prestwich Arts Festival, The Friendship Circle, Langley Allotment Holders Association, Prestwich Carnival, Incredible Edible Prestwich & District, Prestwich Shomrim Community Safety, St Margaret’s Church, Young Leaders, South Clough Allotment, Manchester Maccabi Community & Sports Club, St Mary’s CE Primary, Heaton Park Primary School, The Jewel Foundation, WHAG.
King David High School, Macmake Residents Association, Abraham Moss Community School, Blackley Home Educators.
Friends of Akrington Woods.
The total number of Community Fund projects supported is 51, up from 30 in 2019. Some of the activity can’t take place at present, so the timeframe for delivery has been extended and Parklife wishes all the groups best of luck with their projects.
Parklife Festival will return in 2021