• Pre-Application
  • Full Application
  • Encouraged by support from Southampton City Council, FoSJP submitted a pre‑application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and was successful in winning a grant to pay for a full bid to win further funds. This grant allowed us to employ Parklife[1], a consultancy firm who prepared a proposal to submit to the HLF to obtain large‑scale funding for the development of the Park.

    Parklife shared some very exciting proposals with us; it was good to see that they listened to us all about what we’d like at St.James’ Park. Parklife’s plans were submitted to the HLF in Spring 2008, and in October 2008 the results were announced – our application for a full‑scale bid had been successful.

     The Park was awarded £64,500 to develop plans for an improvement scheme totalling £1.5 million, including a ring-fenced £400,000from Southampton City Council.
  • Parklife, which became Cracknell in July 2008, worked on updated plans (on the right of this page) for the Park which were submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund in May 2009, as part of the second stage of our application.

    On 15th October 2009, it was officially announced that our second stage bid had been successful!

    This success released a total of £1.5 million to make significant improvements to the Park and its facilities, and to fund associated community initiatives such as research into the history of St.James’ Park through FoSJP’s Shirley Heritage Project.

    Many thanks for this must go to our partners, Southampton City Council, but also to everyone who helped and supported us on the way.

    Park visitors celebrate the good news!

Visit our Press Reports page for links to newspaper articles, radio interviews, and a BBC News website video related to this news.