£2.9m available for community projects in Lewisham - deadline for submissions 21st November

Over £2.9m is available for community projects through Lewisham Council’s Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy ward fund, with each ward allocated a pot of funding to support projects in that area.

The funding comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which the Council charges on new developments in Lewisham. Neighbourhood CIL (NCIL) is used to invest in community projects in the local area, helping to address the impact of new developments on local residents.

Residents and community groups have until 21 November to submit their ideas and proposals for projects they want to see delivered in their neighbourhood.

Residents in each ward have already identified local priorities for their area and the types of projects they want to see delivered, following a consultation process involving over 13,000 people across the borough. Projects will need to match the chosen priorities for each area, or the additional priority of supporting COVID-19 recovery.

Once bids have been submitted and reviewed, residents will help decide which projects they want to see delivered at their local assembly meetings. A recommendation will be made to Mayor and Cabinet for approval, with projects expected to commence from 1 April 2022.

Cllr Kim Powell, Cabinet Member for Business and Community Wealth Building, said:

“By involving our local communities in decisions around NCIL funding, residents will get a real say on the investment they want to see in their local area and the community projects that will benefit them most.

“It is really important that local residents see the benefits of new developments for their communities and that’s exactly what this funding will help deliver.”

Find out more information about NCIL ward funding and submit your ideas.

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Forest Hill NCIL Ward Fund - £65,000 for local projects

Apply by 21 November

Forest Hill’s NCIL Ward Fund is now open for applications from Forest Hill residents and community groups. Over £65,000 is available for community projects that will benefit our local community. There are a variety of grants available for small, medium or large scale projects and you are invited to submit applications for projects that fit within our ward priorities – agreed at the Forest Hill Assembly in February 2020. These are:

  • Transport and streets
  • Open green spaces and nature
  • Community Safety
  • Community facilities
  • Air Quality
  • Covid Recovery

Information and help to apply
Forest Hill NCIL Information Workshop (online) – 6.00 pm Thurs 21 October
To register, email laura.luckhurst@lewisham.gov.uk

Read the fund Guidance, book onto a general information workshop or make an application, on the online funding portal.

For further questions after visiting the portal, please feel free to call
Laura Luckhurst, Community Development Officer, on 020 8341 3830 or 07392 860155
or email laura.luckhurst@lewisham.gov.uk – please use “Forest Hill NCIL” in your subject line for a faster response.

Fund closes at 11.59 pm on 21 November 2021.