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Local Initiatives Fund

This fund supports activities and improvements in our neighbourhoods.

Local ward councillors have an annual budget of £14,000 per ward for small grants that deliver benefit to the residents of their ward (subject to the final agreement of the Voluntary and Community Sector Committee).   

They can go towards a variety of locally run activities like:

  • sports clubs
  • local festivals
  • youth activities
  • estate community events
  • environmental improvements
  • education and training classes 
  • pensioner outings and day trips

How to apply

We strongly advise you to contact your local ward councillor(s) and discuss your project before making an application.

If you have received a Local Initiatives Fund award from us previously and the project has finished, please make sure you have sent in all the required monitoring information before making your application. We won't be able to accept your application until we receive all this information.

2018-19 application deadlines

  • Thursday 15 March 2018
    (final decisions communicated to applicants in early May 2018)
  • Tuesday 29 May 2018
    (final decisions communicated to applicants in late July 2018)
  • Thursday 16 August 2018
    (final decisions communicated to applicants in late October 2018)
  • Monday 8 October 2018
    (final decisions communicated to applicants in early December 2018)
  • Thursday 6 December 2018
    (final decisions communicated to applicants in early February 2019)
  • Monday 11 February 2019
    (final decisions communicated to applicants in early April 2019)

Please note that the Local Initiatives Fund normally funds projects in advance of them taking place. It is likely that funding will not be fully confirmed or awarded until nine weeks after the application deadlines listed above. 

If your organisation submits an application form after any of the dates above, it will be considered in the next round of applications.

As we approach the last round of this financial year, some wards have very little funding left to allocate to projects. Therefore we would recommend that you email in advance of submitting your application (deadline: 11 February 2019) to check if there is funding available in the ward(s) you are applying to.

Please note that if you wish to apply for Holloway ward funding, there are two application deadlines per year - Tuesday 29 May and Monday 8 October 2018.

Previous grants

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