Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) Fund

The current round of ncil has been extended until 27 September 2020. this is due to feedback from potential organisations needing more time to evidence community support and for some new organisations to ensure they have everything in place. see below to book further group support sessions and email to arrange one to one support.

The NCIL Fund provides grants for community projects that support the regeneration of the borough.  At least 15 per cent of all the money we collect from new, eligible, developments in the borough must be spent on priorities that are agreed in consultation with the local community.

Brent is divided into five ‘CIL Neighbourhoods’; Harlesden, Kilburn and Kensal, Kingsbury and Kenton, Wembley, and Willesden.  The value of NCIL grant funding available may vary between Neighbourhoods.  

As always, NCIL is for projects that address the impact of development on an area. In this round, we are specifically encouraging applications for projects that address inequalities in the long term.

An Action Plan was agreed by Cabinet on 13 July 2020, which recommended funding projects that address long-term inequalities.

Bids must meet CIL Regulations by demonstrating how the proposed project will positively address the impact of development. The application should also demonstrate how the proposed project will positively address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19.

The amount available for this round across the whole borough is £2 million and it is open for applications until midnight 27 September 2020.

We have a dedicated team to support applications and to help organisations to build capacity. See below for further information.

Please note: the wider NCIL review is still ongoing, and is expected to conclude later in the year.   

 Which CIL Neighbourhood will the project be delivered in?  

To find out which CIL Neighbourhood your project will be in, please use the search box below. If there is more than one location please do multiple searches. 



 You can also see the Current CIL Neighbourhood Boundaries 

In areas that contain a Neighbourhood Forum with an adopted 'Neighbourhood Development Plan', we will spend 25 per cent of CIL receipts collected in each Neighbourhood Forum Area on Neighbourhood projects. Read more about Neighbourhood Planning.  

How are CIL Neighbourhood priorities decided?

Priorities for each CIL Neighbourhood are set for three years, following consultation with ward members, residents, businesses and other stakeholders. 

Priorities for each Neighbourhood Forum will be agreed and set for the duration of their Neighbourhood Development Plan. 

The 3-year consultation ended in February 2020 and the whole NCIL process is now under review. We will upload information later in the year when the process and priorities have been agreed.

The current priorities for the July/August 2020 round are: 

  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Roads and Transport
  • Community Space and Cultural Facilities
  • Town Centres 

How do I submit Neighbourhood project ideas? 

Once Neighbourhood Priorities have been agreed, community organisations, residents, businesses, and other stakeholders are invited to submit proposals for funding that align to these priorities 

A scheme will not be funded unless it meets all 7 essential criteria. All shortlisted projects must demonstrate that they:  

  1.      Meet the CIL Regulations (2010) as amended
  2.      Evidence community backing
  3.      Address the demands that development places on an area
  4.      Reflect the priorities of the council & CIL Neighbourhood
  5.      Be one-off projects that do not require additional revenue funding in their delivery or operation (or identify how additional revenue funding may be met)
  6.      Benefit diverse Brent communities
  7.      Offer value for money   

For further information download the shortlisting (eligibility) criteria explained  

Please note: Although there is a round open currently, NCIL is still under review and will be updated later in the year. 

The NCIL panel score submitted project proposals according to how well they meet the shortlisting criteria (the numbered points above). They consider the scores and the funds available in the different NCIL neighbourhoods to agree which projects to fund. 

Projects that are not shortlisted will also receive notification and may request feedback with support to apply for the next round if applicable. 

All project applications must be submitted by the application deadline using our grants portal. 

Where can I get help to develop my project ideas?  

We encourage you to have a 1 to 1 appointment with a member of the NCIL team or with our capacity-building partners, CVS Brent. Please contact to book. 

We will be holding group workshops on the below dates via Microsoft Teams. Please  register via Eventbrite. 

Tuesday 25 August 2020 10am - 1pm
Friday 28 August 2020 10am - 1pm
Tuesday 1 September 2020 1pm - 4pm
Friday 4 September 2020 10am - 1pm
Tuesday 8 September 2020 2pm - 5pm
Friday 11 September 2020 1pm - 4pm
Tuesday 15 September 2020 10am - 1pm
Friday 18 September 2020 10am - 1pm
Tuesday 22nd September 2pm - 5pm

For further information, read the guidance contained in these web pages along with Brent Council’s standard terms and conditions of funding   

What types of projects have been awarded funding?  

View the current list of projects that have been awarded funding or view our interactive map.  

Please note: It takes us some time to update what has been awarded and we do not publish for each round until the final stage is met with all the funding agreements being signed. This can take up to 12 months after the round closes. 

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