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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

  • Friday 4 May 2018 - 

    this date is likely to be delayed until late May due to the upcoming local elections – please check back here at a later date

  • Thursday 16 August 2018

  • Monday 8 October 2018

  • Thursday 6 December 2018

  • Monday 11 February 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.

Previous grants

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