West Berkshire Council

£500k available for 'CIL' Community Group Bids

2021 CIL Community Bid Graphic 1

Issued on: 1 July 2021

 

We're delighted to announce a second round of grants for local infrastructure projects proposed by community groups for the benefit of their residents and businesses.

In March, West Berkshire Council approved a total of £495,519 in community grants ranging from £10k to £100k. Successful bids included the renovation of village halls, clubs, and scout halls and improvements to sports and playground facilities.

The funds came from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) fund set aside in our 2021-22 budget. Each of the individual grants will contribute towards the total cost of the schemes. The grants are on top of the 15% (or 25% if there is a neighbourhood plan) community infrastructure levy that is already allocated to parish and town councils.

We're now allocating a further £500k from our 2022-23 budget and are inviting bids from community groups from Monday 5 July until Tuesday 31 August.

Councillor Ross Mackinnon, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Finance and Economic Development says,

"We were delighted by the response to the CIL grants and to be able to support our communities in this way.  I'm excited to be announcing 'round two' of the grants and making a positive difference to even more community projects

"This community approach to infrastructure planning fits in well with our communication and engagement strategy for involving local community groups in playing an active role in shaping the future of our district. I'm so pleased that we were able to put the money from CIL to so many good causes with such tangible community benefits."

One of the projects that benefitted during 'Round One' of the funding was for the upgrading of the Pangbourne Tennis Courts.

Richard Raynes, CEO of Sport Inspired was part of the Pangbourne bid team. He says,

"The CIL scheme meant we've been able to complete the funding for the badly needed upgrade of our tennis courts, one of which was becoming almost unusable and unsafe, and has now been re-laid.

The other two have been resprayed so they should last a few more years now too. At a time when raising funds has been so difficult it was a critical lifeline for us, and the process was really simple and quick to apply. So a big thank you!"

Community Groups are invited to bid between 5 July and 31 August.  See more information and complete a bidding form.