Over £400,000 Community Infrastructure Funds now available from Solihull council - The Solihull Observer

Over £400,000 Community Infrastructure Funds now available from Solihull council

GROUPS within Solihull can now bid for a share of funding from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to improve their local neighbourhoods.

A total of over £400,000 is available for community groups to bid for, spread across the various borough wards.

This funding comes from the CIL that has been collected in 2021/22, plus funds that have been ‘rolled over’ from previous years. Bids for funds must be submitted by Friday 3 February 2023.

The money is collected from new developments as part of the normal planning process.

It is intended to support community projects in areas where development has taken place.

The funds are either placed into ‘ward pots’ (in areas without a parish council), which will now be open to ‘bids’ from local communities, or distributed directly to 13 parish and town councils in the borough.

Coun Dianne Howell, cabinet member for leisure and communities, said: “This is a great opportunity for community groups to benefit, thereby benefitting the wider community too.

“This money can make a real difference for many groups and neighbourhoods and I would urge any interested organisations to check if they meet the requirements and then make a bid.”

To be considered, groups and organisations must be formally constituted; have a bank account with two unrelated signatories; at least two unrelated management committee members if they are an unincorporated organisation or a voluntary group and show good financial management procedures, including records of income and expenditure.

Visit https://www.solihull.gov.uk/Planning-and-building-control/Neighbourhood-Proportion for more information.


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