Applying for funds through Community Infrastructure Levy
We are changing the way we manage requests for funding through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This is a charge local councils set on new developments to help fund infrastructure, facilities and services.
The new process, approved by our Strategy and Resources Committee, is made up of four stages which applicants will need to pass before receiving funding. This will ensure the allocation of funds is as transparent and objective as possible.
Stage one – submit an expression of interest
Anyone applying for funding through the CIL will need to complete an expression of interest form.
There is no maximum limit on CIL funding, but applicants will need to demonstrate other funding sources have been explored.
CIL funding should be used in addition to other funding sources. Any requests for 100% of funding for a project from the CIL are unlikely to be successful.
If you are submitting more than one application, your expression of interest should include a list ranked in priority order
The minimum CIL funding which can be applied for is £20,000.
Before moving to stage two, applicants will need to demonstrate they meet all the following mandatory criteria listed on the expression of interest form:
- Will the project deliver strategic infrastructure?
- Does the project improve existing, or create new, infrastructure supporting future house growth in the area?
- Is it realistic to deliver the project in the next five years?
- Have other funding options been explored? A minimum of 15% from other funding sources is expected.
Stage two – submit a full application
Projects which meet the mandatory criteria in stage one will be sent an application form in mid-August, along with guidance to help complete the application. Applicants will have six weeks to submit their application. More information about the application process is also available.
We will score all applications against criteria to establish if they:
- Support the impact of development.
- Enable economic growth and regeneration.
- Contain flood defence provisions.
- Improve health provisions.
- Improve the provision of education.
- Improve transportation and/or road safety.
- Improve the provision of amenities.
- Support measures to tackle the climate emergency and environmental measures.
- Provide other sources of match funding.
- Provide value for money.
Stage three – attend a working group
Applications which meet our criteria will be invited to attend a CIL Working Group in October or November 2021 to present their bids.
The working group will evaluate the scores of all eligible bids which have been presented, rank them against the criteria set out in stage two and recommend to the Strategy and Resources Committee which of them should receive either full or partial award of CIL funds.
Applicants might be interested to read the working group’s terms of reference.
Stage four – decision by Strategy and Resources Committee
If the committee agrees to award CIL funding to an applicant, we will contact the applicant to arrange a contract for the payment of funds.
If the committee does not approve a recommendation, it will explain why and request the working group reconsiders the issue.
To be considered for funding in autumn 2021, completed expression of interest forms must be e-mailed to email@example.com and received before midnight on 31 July 2021.
Only projects which need to be considered this year should be submitted by 31 July 2021. Any expressions of interest received after this will be considered as part of the next funding round, which we expect to be open for stage two applications between December 2021 and January 2022, with funding to be awarded in March or April 2022.
If you have any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For auditing purposes we are not able to accept any enquiries by phone.