Do you need funding for an idea to benefit your local community?

We’re inviting bids for money from our updated Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Neighbourhood Portion scheme from May 2021. These funds come from a charge on development with a proportion of the money raised going back into the community. The Council’s updated scheme will provide a fairer system for communities, focused on money being allocated on a ward, Neighbourhood Plan or Town / Parish Council basis to help address the localised demands of development in their area.

Community groups will be invited from May 2021 to submit a bid or request for funding which would be spent to benefit local people across Bournemouth and Poole. Communities in Christchurch will benefit from the CIL Neighbourhood Portion in a different way through the Council passing the money to the Town and Parish Councils in accordance with statutory requirements.

Bids could be for equipment to benefit a community group, street furniture, to refurbish a play area or for public art. If you have an idea that would bring benefits to your community, get in touch with your ward councillor.

Both large and small scale projects can be considered depending on funding available in each local area pot with communities encouraged to discuss ideas with their ward councillors before submitting a bid.

Councillor Jane Kelly Lead Member for Engagement said:

“The CIL Neighbourhood Portion is a chance to realise projects or improvements that could make a real difference to everyday lives. That’s why we’re asking people to get involved and let us know any ideas for a group or community in your area that need help with funding.”

Bidding opens in May - further information on how to make your application will be available nearer the time. To start a discussion, or for more information contact your ward councillor.

Find your councillor: https://democracy.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/mgFindMember.aspx