£3M cash boost for community projects as council grants funding

12 September 2019

A new community café, a community hall renovation and mass tree planting are just some of the projects that will receive a slice of nearly £3million of funding, after Brent Council’s cabinet gave the schemes their backing earlier this week (Monday, 9 September).Brent Food Bank has previously benefitted from an NCIL grant


In total, cabinet voted through eight projects which will receive a share of £1,471,608 in Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) funding from the council – a pot of cash available to local community groups, raised by contributions by developers and new building in the borough.


Under the allocation process, any bids for funding over £100,000 must be approved by Brent Council’s Cabinet.


As well as the eight projects approved by Cabinet, 36 further schemes are also set to receive a share of £1,513,710.40 in Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) grant funding, bringing the total allocated in this round to just under £3m.


NCIL grant funding is awarded to successful bids every six months. This latest allocation of NCIL grant funding takes the total amount of money contributed to community projects since the launch of NCIL grants in 2017 to £7,635,694.40


Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Property said:


“The reason we are able to give this money to projects such as these, is because of the development that you see happening in Brent and the fact that developers have to pay this levy, which we can then use to fund these projects.


“People sometimes have differing views on regeneration and the new buildings appearing in Brent, but one thing we have always been clear on is that we want the regeneration that’s happening in Brent, to benefit the borough and to benefit our residents.


“Through this latest round of grant allocations we continue to do exactly that, and I’d encourage all community groups to get their bids for funding in when the next round opens in October.”


The eight schemes with a value over £100,000 approved by Cabinet are:

  • £366,975 to support the refurbishment of a new building for the Refugee Support Network in Harlesden.

  • £250,000 to support the refurbishment of Challenge House in Harlesden for Crisis UK.

  • £210,000 to support the refurbishment of the Silver Jubilee Park Clubhouse for Kingsbury Town Management Co. Ltd and Hendon Youth FC in Willesden.

  • £109,833 to support the running of The Sanctuary Café for Hestia Housing and Support across neighbourhoods.

  • £134,800 to support the installation of central heating of a community facility for St Michael and All Angels Church in Harlesden.

  • £170,000 to support the refurbishment of a community hall for St Cuthbert’s Church in Wembley

  • £150,000 to support the building of a new Community Café and outdoor space for St Catherine’s Church in Neasden.

  • £80,000 to support tree planting in the Dudden Hill area. This would be in addition to £30,000 allocated to tree planting in this area in NCIL’s 2018/19 round one, bringing the total spent by NCIL on tree planting in Dudden Hill to £110,000.


    The 36 other projects to receive funding are:

  • £16,000 - Rainbow Room Refurb

  • £18,000 - Kids Entrepreneurship Club    

  • £69,500 - BBMC HiCrEc Music & Education Complex       

  • £51,000 - Football Fever              

  • £34,697 - Steel Pan in The Community   

  • £49,000 - Skills Boost Supplementary Education

  • £16,000 - Kings Road Tree Proposal         

  • £57,202.80 - Repairs, maintenance and improvement works at One Tree Hill Public Open Space Wembley

  • £36,400 - Launching the Home-Start Brent Family Counselling Service     

  • £35,112 - Brent Indian Association refurbishment and flower power        

  • £54,011 - Digital Inclusion 4 All  

  • £55,600 - Burnt Oak Broadway Paving    

  • £6,134 - Weston House Bike storage      

  • £31,178 - 0UP - Unlocking Potential Homework Club, St Raphael's             

  • £23,086.50 - Possibilities & Believe Project          

  • £17,200 - Community Clean Ups, Pop Up Skips, and Operation (Community Payback).     

  • £99,952.91 - WELLesden 2           

  • £8,545 - Biodiverse Habitat Alley              

  • £64,700 - Illumination features across Wembley & Ealing Road   

  • £43,572 - Aesthetic Improvements to Town Centres       

  • £51,400 - BRAT Area Public Realm Improvements            

  • £45,500 - St. Gabriel’s Church - shared spaces for all        

  • £85,000 - Harlesden Town Centre Trees

  • £90,000 - Trees for Sudbury Court           

  • £9,790.50 - Where are we from? (working title) 

  • £21,834 - Track Academy Sports Outreach Project            

  • £25,000 - Roe Green Village Landscape 

  • £65,900 - MusicOnWheels          

  • £40,090 - CWFC-CIC       

  • £20,000 - Brondesbury Park Trees           

  • £72,412 - Brent positive Futures

  • £50,000 - Greening Kensal Rise 

  • £14,000 - Church End Open Space           

  • £44,157 - Gladstone Park estate - new community centre and improved grounds maintenance and landscaping       

  • £36,096 - A bespoke children's kitchen. 

  • £55,639.69 - Improvements to Woodcock Park Recreation Area 


    Applications for the next window opens on 1 October 2019.


    For further information and to apply, visit www.brent.gov.uk/ncil