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 types 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.
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 4 of Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund launched on 16 November and the deadline for applications is 31 January 2021 (23:59 GMT).
The amounts per area for round 4 are:
Area 1 (Eltham and Shooters Hill)
Area 2 (Blackheath and Greenwich)
Area 3 (Charlton and Woolwich)
Area 4 (Abbey Wood, Plumstead and Thamesmead)
Round 4 Schedule
Application window: 16 Nov 2020 to 31 Jan 2021
Validation of applications: 1 Feb to 21 Feb 2021
Public vote: 22 Feb to 7 Mar 2021
Area meetings: w/c 15 Mar 2021
Following the validation of applications there will be a two week public vote when residents can vote for their preferred projects.
New for Round 4
Area meetings when Ward Councillors from each neighbourhood area will attend an area meeting to agree how the available funding in their area should be allocated.
Once these decisions have been made, a report will be presented to Cabinet in spring 2021.
Previously funded projects
Over £1.2m has been awarded to 60 projects in rounds one and two and three. 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