Parkrun is one of British sport’s greatest success stories in recent years, playing an enormous role in helping people both get active and engage with their local communities – and a new scheme will provide up to £25,000 to help and improve local parkrun communities.

Parkrun – a thriving concept run by volunteers

It has proved such an unmitigated success for everyone involved that it was recently announced that GP practices have been given the green light to prescribe parkrun before turning to medication.

Its success surely lies in its simplicity. parkrun espouses a simple idea – people of all ages running together, having fun in our attractive and underused green spaces, and supporting each other. And, critically, it is free of charge. Taking place every weekend all over the country, it is run entirely by volunteers, and though it is thriving, volunteer-led projects will always welcome a helping hand.

This is where Leeds Building Society’s Community Reward Scheme comes in. From now until May 2019, the scheme will provide up to £25,000 to be shared across successful projects. If you’re a UK parkrunner, you can apply for the chance to make a difference to your local parkrun community.

To apply you must be a UK resident aged over 18 and registered with parkrun – as well as the support of a not for profit organisation that will receive the funds. You’ll need to identify a project that will have a positive impact on your parkrun community.

For example:

  • £2000 for improvements to your local park, such as playground equipment, seating for spectators or woodland walks
  • £500 to help with maintaining your park, such as a tidy up or equipment improvements
  • £1000 to hold celebrations such as parkrun birthdays, milestones or a family-fun day
  • You could also speak to other parkrunners to find out what they think would help them

You can apply by filling in this online form, and you will find out within 12 weeks if your application has been shortlisted.

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