Community and voluntary groups are being given an opportunity to help shape the future of their local area by submitting bids for funding from Epsom & Ewell Borough Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
CIL is a levy payable by developers and is charged according to the size of developments. 15% of CIL is set aside for community bids and, for 2020/2021, there is £250,000 available to support a range of projects, both large and small.
Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy & Resources Committee said “We are pleased to make the latest round of funding available and we hope local community organisations will take advantage of this opportunity.
“Bids must have the support of a borough councillor and it’s advisable for groups to discuss plans with their ward councillors and the relevant council departments to help shape their bids before submission”.
The scheme has been running for two years and successful schemes include, funding for children’s playground equipment, repairs to pathways in Horton Country Park, defibrillators installed across the borough, additional streetlights and improvements to scout halls.
The closing date for 2020/21 applications is 31 May 2020.
Bids will be evaluated by a panel of councillors in two stages, bids successfully passing the first stage will be asked for more detailed information before the successful schemes are selected. Winning bids will be announced in September.
CIL Neighbourhood fund application guidance – here
Bid form to apply for funding - here
Image shows Horton Country Park paths renovated after a successful bid from the Epsom & Ewell Borough Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy.