Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy Fund

Applications Open: 1 March 21 to 3 May 21 23.59pm 

The Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (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. 

Who can apply?

To be eligible, to apply, you must be a registered organisation.

This can include:

  • Charities
  • Businesses
  • Constituted community groups
  • Social Enterprises/Community Interest Companies (C.I.C)
  • Schools
  • Organisations able to comply with the council’s Grant aid standard conditions

We particularly welcome applications from new groups who have not previously been funded through the NCIL fund.

What can you use the grant for?

The NCIL grant can be used to fund a range of different projects. 

How much can you apply for?

The maximum amount, which applicants can apply for, is £250,000. The Total Budget across Brent is £2,000,000 and is split across the NCIL neighbourhoods.

Before you apply

In order to be considered for funding, project proposals must:

  • Meet the types of infrastructure that can be funded within the CIL regulations
  • Evidence local community backing for the project proposed
  • Address the impacts and support ongoing development in a specific Brent NCIL Neighbourhood
  • Be a one off project
  • Meet at least one of the identified priorities in the Neighbourhood in which the project will be delivered
  • Reflect the strategic priorities of the Council within the Borough Plan, meeting the NCIL round theme
  • Demonstrate sound project costing and value for money
  • Engage with diverse Brent Communities

Please ensure you read the guidance notes before applying

Download and read the detailed NCIL application guidance notes

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More information

Examples of community projects that have been funded

How your application will be assessed

  • The Grants team will longlist all applications after the closing date      
  • The NCIL panel will meet over a number of weeks to score all the projects longlisted by the Grants Team
  • Decision letters will be sent out when all projects have been scored, normally within 6-8 weeks after the closing date
  • References will be sought and funding agreements drawn up agreeing outcomes in order for projects to start approximately 4-8 weeks after the decision letter.

Support to apply

We have arranged a number of group sessions to go through the shortlisting criteria and NCIL fund in more detail.

Please book on Eventbrite to join the Brent NCIL application focus group session

You may also book 1:1 support on the email below, however we recommend you attend the group training initially.

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