Thirty community projects set to receive £3million pounds in funding

15 March 2019

Thirty community projects will now share £3million in funding from Brent Council's Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) fund.

 

The NCIL fund is made up of 15 per cent of the money the council collects from new developers, and is allocated twice a year.

 

This round of funding will see over half a million pounds go to the Citizen's Advice Bureau, the Sickle Cell Society and St Catherine's Community Hall in Neasden, thanks to a unanimous decision taken by Brent Council's cabinet on Monday (11th March):

  • £248,000 for Citizens Advice Brent to build a fully accessible community hub in Willesden, with access to PCs and better interview rooms
  • £150,000 to create more spaces for local groups at St Catherine's Community Hall in Neasden and to improve community facilities
  • £133,958 for the Sickle Cell Society to construct a fully accessible ground floor space which will be used for focus groups, events, and for individuals and families to drop-in for confidential support and advice.

 

John James OBE, Chief Executive of the Sickle Cell Society, said: "I am delighted that the Sickle Cell Society has been awarded the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy grant. This is fantastic news and now allows us to provide modern, 21st century ground floor space for people living with sickle cell in Brent and beyond."

 

Another group set to receive NCIL funding is the Windmill Court Residents' Association in Kilburn who were celebrating their £45k award.

 

Windmill Court will use the funds to install a small ramp going into the community room and to carry out road resurfacing work and line markings.

 

Donna, Chair of the Windmill Court Residents' Association said: "We are really pleased to have been awarded this funding. Resurfacing the road and car parks will provide safe and improved public access, remove trip hazards for residents and visitors to the building."

Cllr Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Highways and Planning, said: "We're building a future for everyone and thanks to the money that we receive from developers we're able to help residents complete projects that benefit whole communities.

 

Hundreds of residents rely on the services provided by these organisations and see them as a vital source of support, so I'm glad that cabinet has agreed to the funding that was asked for. I'm really pleased that once again we are able to support so many community projects, especially as we approach our exciting London Borough of culture programme."

 

The next application deadline is 30 June 2019. If you would find out how you can apply for funding email NCIL@brent.gov.uk