Neighbourhood portion

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Neighbourhood Portion is a fund generated from new housing developments for reinvestment back into improving local community facilities.

From May 2021, we are introducing a new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole wide approach for the Neighbourhood portion. We will allocate 15% of the CIL receipts that we collect to the ward where the development takes place. This increases to 25% where there is a Neighbourhood Plan in place. 

Open from May to 5 July 2021, we are inviting residents, businesses and community groups to submit bids for local projects which will improve, benefit and shape the development of their community for the future. Bids for projects can range from a few hundred pounds to tens of thousands of pounds where funds are available. Projects can include: 

  • environmental improvements, e.g. tree planting, open space improvements
  • public art
  • street furniture
  • equipment for a community group
  • provision of more facilities for the community
  • projects that are beneficial to a local area
  • projects that contribute to broad community benefit.

Below you will find the:

If there are insufficient funds available in your ward you may still be able to secure funding for a project from the Strategic CIL fund. Awards will capped at £50,000 and we encourage you to identify opportunities for match funding.

Please submit bids by email to by noon on 5 July 2021.

If you have any queries please contact us by email. We can also help you to complete the bid form.

You can view how the neighbourhood portion was spent and allocated during 2019/20.

Councillor quotes

Councillor Philip Broadhead, BCP Council Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Strategic Planning:

“In recent years the CIL Neighbourhood Portion Fund has been used to deliver the improved Hamworthy Park Paddling Poole, popular Spurrier’s Play Park at Upton Country Park and Slades Farm Pavilion in Bournemouth. These welcomed additions and enhancements to local the area, are just some examples of what we can help to bring to life through this fund. You now have another chance to have your say and let us know what you want to see in the future.’’

Councillor Jane Kelly, BCP Council Lead Member for Engagement:

“We want our communities to feel engaged and included in the future development of their area. We are therefore delighted to open this latest round of funding and I invite you to share your bids for exciting project in your neighbourhood, street, road, park or community centre. To ensure the best chances for success, and to make the most of this opportunity, I encourage you to get involved early and share your ideas with your Ward Councillors first before submitting.”


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