New round of community funding announced for community, environmental and regeneration projects

12 March 2021

Brent Council is encouraging funding applications for COVID-19 environmental, and regeneration initiatives, as three grants reopen to support the community through this time.

The grants include:

  • Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL): up to £250,000 towards community projects that support the regeneration of the borough. The funding is to be spent on priorities that are agreed in consultation with the local community.

  • Love Where You Live (LWYL): up to £500 towards mutual aid activities, projects that tackle social isolation, improve the environment, or help to build better community relations.

  • Edward Harvist Trust: up to £5,000 towards a one-off expense, such as furniture, equipment and events.

This year, the criteria for the grants has been expanded to urge those with ideas for supporting local people through the pandemic, as well as for tackling the next big emergency: the climate crisis.

Cllr Promise Knight, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement said: “The past year has battered our communities in the worst ways. Throughout all of it, our voluntary groups and organisations – not least the newly formed Mutual Aid Groups – have been a light in the darkness for so many. We’re incredibly grateful for their efforts, and we hope that with these grants they will be able to continue doing what they do best.”

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Tackling the climate emergency will take a huge collective effort, so I’m delighted that we’re able to support local environmental initiatives with these grants.”

Cllr Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property & Planning, said: “Over 200 NCIL projects have been supported so far across the borough; one of the many great examples is The Lexi Cinema who are building an accessible and affordable cinema for the local community. Thanks to NCIL funding, this project will provide a community hub for school groups, the hard of hearing, seniors and more to come together and celebrate film. Another great example is the Northwick Park Permaculture Education Project which a programme to educate local residents on sustainable living, designing urban space for horticultural use, and improving biodiversity”.

Last year, 70 groups received £500 from the LWYL grant, with £35,000 awarded in total.

There is currently £2m available from NCIL to fund community projects of up to £250,000 in Brent as long as the project aligns with the shortlisting criteria. The new funding window opened on the 1 March and closes on 3 May.

For more information and to apply, go to community grants and voluntary sector support