£580K funding window now open for community projects

There’s good news for residents interested in improving their area as Hounslow Council has just opened this year’s round of applications for funding to support community projects across the borough.

Published: Friday, 27th July 2018

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Launched this week (Tuesday, 23 July), the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a funding initiative with a pot of over £580,000 for this year, and individuals or groups can apply for a range of local projects, that will benefit their community.

CIL provides local groups with the resources they may need to fund projects in a wide variety of areas including parks, public and open spaces, skills and training, plus cultural, education, and community services and facilities.

Members of the community, neighbourhood groups, and even local businesses can nominate their projects, or suggest projects that they would like to see delivered in their neighbourhood.

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of the Council, said:

“This is the second year of this initiative; last year, we had 77 fantastic local schemes receiving funding totalling £1,360,313 from CIL, S106 and Leader’s Green Fund.

“The CIL funding comes from planning contributions from developers, with 15 per cent of the total put aside for community projects. This really puts the power into the hands of residents who know what they would like to see within their community, and can bid for the funding to make it a reality, whether it’s installing a bench or reinvigorating a play area.

“Big or small, we want as many people as possible to put in bids throughout the summer; these will be reviewed later in the year with the funding allocated in December/January.”

If groups and organisations want to nominate a project for CIL funding, they have until Sunday 23 September to submit their ideas.

To nominate projects for CIL funding, please visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/CIL (tab 5) for more information about how to submit an application.  You can also contact the council’s Infrastructure Team at CIL_S106@hounslow.gov.uk

CIL funding is also available through the Our Hounslow crowdfunding platform, which gives community groups a platform to gain local support for their project. Through Our Hounslow, residents can to ask friends, family and neighbours to back a local project by pledging money to support it, with everyone contributing a little until you reach your target amount.

The council has put its weight behind the Our Hounslow scheme and will support projects that have the backing of the local community with up to £5,000 of match funding per project out of a total fund available of £50,000.

  • The Community Infrastructure Levy is the primary mechanism for collecting contributions from development across the borough. 15% of CIL funds are used to fund local community projects such as improvements to parks and open spaces, supporting community events or expansion of children's, youth, or senior outreach programs.
  • Planning obligations are secured through a S106 agreement between the Council and developer.  Planning obligations provide a means to ensure that a development proposal contributes to sustainable communities and are used to help mitigate the negative site-specific impact of development.
  • Last year applications were made to the Leader for the funding of recommended ‘Green’ projects where neither local CIL nor S106 could be found.
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