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. The maximum grant payable is £25,000 for 2019-2020.

To apply please read the guidance and complete the Voluntary Sector Initiative Fund (VSIF) application form.  

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).

Applications have now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied, we will be in touch shortly.

The grant will reopen in December 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

Applications have now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied, we will be in touch shortly.

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

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.