Community grants and funding

Various grants and funding opportunities are available to voluntary organisations that provide the majority of their services to the residents of Brent. Organisations need to be properly constituted as a management committee or as a registered charity. 


Community Infrastructure Levy - CIL

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 to provide a fair and transparent means for ensuring that development contributes to the cost of the infrastructure it will rely upon, such as schools and roads.

CIL funds must also be spent on priorities that are agreed in consultation with the local community. This is known as ‘Neighbourhood CIL’ and can be used to support cultural activity.


Voluntary Sector Initiative Fund - local grants

This grant provides funding for the voluntary and community sector in Brent for projects aligned to the Brent Borough Plan priorities:

  • Better Lives
  • Better Place
  • Better Locally

The maximum grant payable is £25,000 over a year.


Edward Harvist Trust Fund

The grant is to fund one-off expenditure or that of a non-recurrent nature such as furniture, equipment, outings and cost relating to one-off events.

The maximum grant payable is £5,000 and should equal 70% of the total expenditure (organisations are required to fund 30% of the total cost through match funding).

The next ground round will open in August 2019 with a closing date in September 2019 .


Love Where You Live

Grants are available for all residents, community groups and schools who have an idea to improve the environment, tackle social isolation or help to build better community relations. The maximum grant payable is £500. Applications  can be made any time during the year and are reviewed once a month.

For a limited time, we also have additional Love Where You Live grant funding available for:

The Brent Great Get Together

The deadline for applications is 11 June 2019


Youth Fund 

Information to be updated


Brent Advice Fund

The Brent Advice Fund (BAF) is a program of financial assistance created by Brent Council to help community organisations that provide advice in the following areas to the population of Brent:

  • Money and debt advice
  • Welfare benefit advice
  • Housing advice
  • Advice for older people and disabled people.

 BAF provides two types of support grants:

  • Advice grants
  • Capacity grants

Brent 4 Community

The community funding support website for the Brent voluntary and community organisations, charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations can search through the hundreds of Government, Lottery, charitable trust and other funds available to them on a European, national, regional and local basis.