Could Neighbourhood CIL fund projects in your community?
The council awards funding to individuals or organisations to help deliver local infrastructure in neighbourhoods across the city. This funding is called Neighbourhood CIL. It can be used to support any services or facilities that support residents and visitors, for example, tidying up a public open space, running a new class at a community centre, and providing equipment for youth activities.
The funding is awarded through a quarterly application process intended to allow the local community to propose infrastructure projects that positively shape the area and help residents achieve their vision for their neighbourhood. Applications can be made by any individual or organisation, including Neighbourhood Forums, other local community groups or community members, or even the council. We work directly with applicants to give your proposal the greatest chance of success.
Watch our case study to see how we’ve funded previous projects.
We have a comprehensive guide to applying for Neighbourhood CIL including answers to the most frequently asked questions.
How to apply
To apply, download the application form, fill it out, and return it by emailing [email protected].
|2 October 2023||Autumn 2023|
|15 January 2024||Winter 2024|
Applicants must meet the NCIL pre-application engagement requirement by consulting council officers. We will host quarterly information sessions for an overview of NCIL, policies and processes and to discuss your application ideas. We want to work with you to give your application the greatest chance of success. Failure to engage may result in application rejection.
What is infrastructure?
Public infrastructure includes all kinds of services and facilities needed to support life in the city.
Infrastructure includes roads and public transport, communications services like broadband, water and wastewater systems and drainage, schools, sporting and recreational facilities, parks and other open spaces, railway stations , bus stops, and community centres. Public realm improvements and creating new public spaces and community facilities such as playgrounds, community hubs, and other places where people gather.
How do I know if NCIL is the right funding option for me?
NCIL must be spent on the provision, improvement, replacement, operation and maintenance of infrastructure needed to support the city's growth or mitigate the impact of a development. Projects must also meet all of our local policies and criteria and have regard to national legislation and guidance. You can find out more about that here:
We can't fund projects that aren't or help to facilitate community infrastructure. If you don't think your project fits the minimum criteria, look at the other funding options in the council. Review all the options available to you to have the best chance of receiving funding and not causing your project to be delayed.