Grants for local projects
The fund uses money from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which is a scheme that allows councils to raise money from developments to use on improving infrastructure.
A portion of the CIL collected (15%) is made available to be spent on local priorities in consultation with the community; this is known as Neighbourhood CIL or the Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund.
What kind of projects
The Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund can be spent on anything which addresses the impact of development in an area.
This could include projects which provide community facilities, environmental improvements, new play equipment, and improvements to community buildings.
Projects should address the issues that most need improving in each area, as identified by the 2017 Greenwich Residents Survey.
The funding will support the set up costs but not the ongoing maintenance and running costs.
For the purposes of collecting and allocating the Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund, the borough has been divided into four neighbourhood areas.
Area one - Eltham and Shooters Hill
- Coldharbour and New Eltham
- Eltham North
- Eltham South
- Eltham West
- Middle Park and Sutcliffe
- Shooters Hill
Area two - Blackheath and Greenwich
- Blackheath Westcombe
- Greenwich West
Area three - Charlton and Woolwich
- Kidbrooke with Hornfair
- Woolwich Common
- Woolwich Riverside
Area four - Abbey Wood, Plumstead and Thamesmead
- Abbey Wood
- Thamesmead Moorings
Next round of funding
Round three will open later this year, and more information will be announced nearer the time on how to apply for funding. The Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund application guide from the previous round of applications is currently under review but provides an outline of the application criteria and process.
Previously funded projects
Over £500,000 has been awarded to 36 projects in rounds one and two. These include projects such as:
- replacing windows at a play centre
- creating a sensory garden for a hospice
- running a digital inclusion programme
- park and playground improvements across the borough
- a community crèche