People and communities Neighbourhood investment funds

Apply for a neighbourhood investment fund

The fund is open to established groups, voluntary groups and other community groups, as well as groups of residents working together for the first time. School Parent Teacher Associations can also apply if they have the support of local residents and parents and the project benefits the wider community as well as the school.

Your group must have a bank account in order to receive any approved funding, or have permission from another group to receive the funding for you as a referee. Payment can not be made to personal bank accounts

Applications should fall into one of the following categories:

  • Work and skills – supporting residents into work by offering additional learning and skills development, including activities relating to coaching, mentoring or volunteering;
  • Community groups – seed funding new groups to get an idea off the ground and active engagement of the community to deliver projects. Established groups could also receive one-off funding to help support smaller groups and deliver local projects;
  • Improving the environment and increase recycling – including community clean ups or planting projects. Projects that increase recycling and the reduction of waste in a community; or
  • Other activities/events linked to ward priorities – applications will be considered for activities/events that support communities and the priorities of the area (ward). Discuss your ideas with your Neighbourhood officer before applying - contact details can be found within your neighbourhood.

Applications are reviewed by a panel to decide where funds should be allocated. Your Neighbourhood officer will keep you updated throughout the process - applications should not exceed £10,000. If you need to contact us after you have submitted your application please email and include which ward(s) your application is for and the name of your group.

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