Community Infrastructure Fund

This scheme will open again for applications in early Summer 2024 (subject to budget approval at full council in February).

The council recognises the value of community activity and the need to have sustainable infrastructure to deliver this. Through the Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF), community and voluntary sector organisations can apply for grants to make physical improvements to their premises to improve the user and resident experience, increase income generation and reduce costs and make environmental improvements.

This scheme is not designed to fund large new build projects but can provide funding of up to £50,000 to:

  • enable existing facilities to be enhanced, improved, modernised or retrofitted
  • support projects that can complete within a maximum of twelve months from funding being agreed

Organisations wishing to apply for this fund will first need to submit a project proposal form giving an outline of the project and explaining who will benefit, what support there is for the project and the approximate project cost. We will also ask about any permissions or surveys that will be needed for your project and whether these have already been received or applied for.

All proposals will be assessed against the scheme criteria and eligible projects invited to submit a full application. Please note that confirmation to move to the full application stage does not guarantee that you will receive funding. It is a competitive process with limited funds available and not all eligible proposals received can be funded.

Timeline for new applications

The expected timescales for the 2024/25 application process are given below. These are subject to change:

Open for proposals: June 2024
Deadline for proposals: July 2024 (6 weeks from fund launch)
Eligible applications invited to make full application: August 2024
Deadline for applications: Mid to late September 2024 (6 weeks from invitation to apply)
Decision date: Mid to late October 2024

Awarded grants

Details of the grants awarded through the 2023/24 are shown in the document below:

PDF document CIF grant recipients 2023(PDF) [88 kb]

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