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.   

Covid – 19 Mutual Aid Grant

Brent Council acknowledges the support offered by residents, community organisations and schools to the wider community in many neighbourhoods and we would like to continue to offer small grants at this time specifically to support the 20 Mutual Aid Groups in Brent who are delivering much needed support.


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 fund is currently under review and the website will be updated at the appropriate time.

Edward Harvist Trust Fund (EHTF)

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).

Edward Harvist have made available additional funding to support Brent’s voluntary and community sector to response to the Covid-19 outbreak


Love Where You Live (LWYL)

In response to Covid–19, LWYL has been adapted to cover projects that can be delivered within the current and emerging government guidelines. Guidance notes and an application form can be downloaded for completion.

Please email completed application forms to

Deadlines for LWYL applications:

Friday 31 July 2020

Friday 28 August 2020

Friday 25 September 2020

Friday 30 October 2020

Friday 27 November 2020

Friday 11 December 2020

Friday 29 January 2021

Friday 26 February 2021

Friday 26 March 2021

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

Applications to the fund can be made at any time on the BAF website

Brent 4 Community

Brent 4 Community is a community funding support website for Brent. Voluntary and community organisations, charities, community groups, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations can search through hundreds of Government, Lottery, charitable trust, and other funds available on a European, national, regional and local basis. 

Visit the Brent 4 Community website



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