£1m CIL funding available

Winchester City Council is urging groups from across the District to apply for a share of £1m funding to help support their essential infrastructure projects. The Council is making this funding available using some of its Community Infrastructure Levy income which is generated by new development taking place in areas outside the South Downs National Park. The opportunity to request financial support for projects will initially run from 2019 to 2022 and there will be a period at the start of each year for bids to be put forward.

The first round of bids will run between January and March 2019 and the Council is inviting groups to apply for between £10,000 and £200,000 of funding for suitable schemes.

District councillors, parish councillors and other local groups will be able to apply for funding for projects, which must meet at least one of a range of criteria. The more criteria a project meets, the higher the chance it will successfully secure funding. The criteria can be found using this link

http://www.winchester.gov.uk/planning/community-infrastructure-levy-cil/apply-for-cil

Requests can be submitted to fund all of a project or could be used with funding already in place from other sources. 

CIL bids will be evaluated in April, by an informal panel who will decide which schemes to recommend to Winchester City Council’s Cabinet for a final decision.

Portfolio Holder for Built Environment, Cllr Caroline Brook said:

This is a fantastic opportunity for groups across the district to submit their projects for consideration, and I know this funding can make a real difference to local communities.

We have made some important changes to the way we allocate our CIL funds to make it a more open process which also enables councillors, parish councils, community and other groups to ask the Council to support them in delivering improved facilities across the District so  if you have a project that you know could benefit from CIL funding then please consider making a bid as this is an opportunity which should not be missed.

Applications for CIL funding should be accompanied by supporting information about the proposed project, including costs, plans of works and confirmation of landowners agreement to any proposed scheme, where applicable.

If you have a project that could benefit from CIL funding and would like further advice please e-mail cil@winchester.gov.uk.