The Community Fund, run by Parklife in cooperation with Manchester, Bury and Rochdale councils. It is the result of the festival’s approach to partnership working with the three local authorities and has made over £100,000 from the 2016-2019 festivals, for the benefit of community groups (priority was given to groups and projects that utilise parks and open spaces).
Parklife 2019 Community Fund generated £58,000 (an increase of over 25% from the previous year) for community groups based around Heaton Park. Raised from contributions made at the festival by guest-list attendees, the fund also supports the officially championed charity ‘Superjosh’, for brain tumour sufferers and families, which received £26,295. An additional £8,000 was raised through festival tickets being donated to various charities for raffles and auctions – taking the total amount raised for charitable causes from Parklife 2019 to more than £92,000.
Unfortunately there was no fund in 2020 due to the event not taking place. In addition to financial support, Parklife has also established the Parklife Community Fund Network to explore ways in which community groups around Heaton Park can work together and support each other with their projects
The Manchester fund covered Higher Blackley and Crumpsall
The Bury fund covered Sedgley, Holyrood and St Mary’s
The Rochdale fund covered South Middleton
The Micro grants fund (up to £500; more information here) supported groups in all 3 Greater Manchester districts as well as Heaton Park itself
54 groups received funding from the 2019 Parklife Community Fund allocation of £58,000
Heaton Park Primary School, The Jewel Foundation, WHAG, St Mary's CE Primary, Maccabi, South Clough Allotment, Young Leaders, King David High School, Friends of Gardner Mount, Jigsaw, The Fed, Prestwich Shomrim Community, Bailey Street Bowling Association, Prestwich Cricket, Tennis, Bowling Club, Prestwich Clough Centenary, Albert Avenue Allotments, Seed Community Action, Simister Village Allotment Association, Prestwich Cinema, St Margaret's Church, Creative Living Centre, Simister Village Community Association, Prestwich Methodist Youth Association, Prestwich Arts Festival, Friends of Prestwich Forest Park, Prestwich Together, The Friendship Circle, Langley Allotment Holders Association, Prestwich Carnival, Philips Park Management CIC, Incredible Edibile Prestwich & District, Sedgley Park School
Manchester and District Beekeepers, Manchester Consortium of Nature, Heaton Park Tramway, Nest Theatre, Friends of Heaton Hall, Incredible Edible Community Garden, Incredible Edible Community Orchard
Friends of Heristone Park, Parkland and Cleveland RA, Abraham Moss Community School, Breakthrough, Abraham Moss Warriors, Close Neighbours RA, Irk Valley Community School, Friends of Blackley Forest, Mirfield Community Gardens, 105th Mcr Scout group, The Byrons, Blackley Cricket Club, Blackley Home Educators, Macmake Residents Association
Friends of Alkrington Woods
30 groups received funding from the 2018 Parklife Community Fund allocation of £45,000
Baillie Street Bowls association, Beis Mordechai, Casicare, Clean Team Prestwich, Creative living Centre, Incredible Edible, Jigsaw, Manchester Maccabi Centre, Prestwich Arts Festival, Prestwich Clough Centenary, Prestwich Cricket Club, Prestwich Plodders, Prestwich Together-community picnic, Shomrim Prestwich Community Safety, South Clough allotments, The Fed - dementia garden, Yesoiday HaTorah School, Young leaders Lubavitch
Abraham Moss Warriors, Blackley Band, Breakthrough Youth Club, Crumpsall and Cheetham Horticultural Society, Friends of Blackley Forest, Friends of Heristone Park, Heaton Park Runners, Pocket Park Games, Rainbow Surprise, Shed 17, St Paul’s Church Hall, Tangled Dance
For details for the 26 groups and organisations that received funding from the 2017 allocation of £44,000 please click HERE