Worthing CIL Neighbourhood Fund

Worthing Borough Council were proud to launch the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Neighbourhood Fund programme for the first time in 2021/22. These pots of money have been accrued from payments made by developers building in the local area and are available to local community groups, organisations and residents associations in the selected wards. A summary of the applications received and which projects have been funded can be found in the summary of bids received in 2021 section (see below)

The Worthing CIL Neighborhood Fund will be opening up to bids again later in 2022. More information will be available here in due course. In the meantime we invite you to begin to think about any suitable infrastructure projects which meet the criteria set out below.

What can the CIL neighbourhood fund be used for?

15% of all CIL funds received are to be spent in the neighbourhood where the development took place (known as the Neighbourhood Fund). In accordance with the Government's CIL Regulations the CIL neighbourhood fund should be used to support local projects which entail:

The provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure; or
Anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area

This gives communities freedom and power to spend the money on a wide range of things, in consultation with the local residents. Local project proposals seeking support from the CIL neighbourhood fund, can therefore cover a broad range of infrastructure types, including for example: footpaths, local roads improvements; improvements to the built environment and public realm; improvements to open space, play and leisure facilities; improvements to community facilities (eg halls / meeting spaces); and public art projects.


Projects should enhance the neighbourhood/community and ideally linked to our:

How will neighbourhoods be defined?

In the absence of parishes and neighbourhood plans, which is the case in Worthing, the CIL Regulations allow the Council to design its own bespoke definition of what constitutes a local neighbourhood area for the purpose of allocating the CIL neighbourhood fund. Wards will therefore be the start point for allocating neighbourhood funds.

Who can apply for CIL neighbourhood funds?

To ensure the local link with development, only organisations based in Worthing's wards that have accumulated in the region of £10,000 of CIL neighbourhood funds are encouraged to submit project applications. The funds will be made available as part of an annual bidding process. Six wards met the £10,000 threshold in 2021: Central; Durrington; Marine; Offington; Salvington; Tarring. 

See also: Interactive map showing the above six wards:

CIL Neighbourhood funds could be spent across adjoining wards, if one ward has accumulated in the region of £10,000.

If enough CIL funds are available for a ward, projects seeking funding from the CIL neighbourhood fund, should be community-led, and ideally be delivered by a local community organisation, group or club. Which wards have funding available for 2022 will be announced later in the year.

Project proposals supporting infrastructure assets and facilities serving groups of wards are also encouraged. Proposals should be supported by local ward members where the project is to be located. It is therefore suggested that organisations that intend to submit proposals should discuss their ideas with their local Councillors before submitting an application.

What value of project proposals are invited?

The CIL neighbourhood fund is intended to support small local projects. Bids will be considered on their merits for local projects, as follows:

  • Project proposals can request a minimum of £1,000 and up to a maximum CIL neighbourhood fund allocation of £10,000
  • Project proposals that match CIL neighbourhood fund, with other funding sources, will be encouraged

Project proposals that request over £10,000 of CIL neighbourhood fund will also be considered on their merits, for example for proposals that clearly demonstrate benefits to groups of communities, neighbourhoods and wards.

The CIL neighbourhood fund can be used to fund 100% of project costs, or can also be used in conjunction with other sources of funding. For example, the CIL Fund could be used as the match funding element to secure a larger funding award from other organisations, or from the Council's own grant schemes.

What can the CIL neighbourhood fund pay for?

The neighbourhood fund will be available to fund one off project costs. This means there will be no commitment by the Council to meet ongoing costs (eg maintenance or revenue costs), beyond the initial funding award.

Additional CIL neighbourhood fund applications to support future phases of a project may however be considered on their merits.

Summary of bids received in 2021

A total of 12 applications were received in 2021 for the first round of funding. Of these, ten community groups have been awarded CIL Neighbourhood Funds totalling nearly £72,000. 

The ten community groups who were awarded funding are:

  • Worthing West District Guides (Tarring): to replace fascia boards, soffits and guttering to the District Guide Hall - awarded £3,666 to fund necessary maintenance work to a building used regularly by girl guides
  • Worthing Allotments Management (Tarring): providing new accessible toilets and plots at West Tarring Allotments - awarded £5,000 to help support equal access to allotments
  • High Salvington Residents Association (Salvington): speed detection on Salvington Hill - awarded £5,000 to try to reduce speeding and make the road safer for the community
  • Creative Waves Community Arts (Central): Creating Waves for Worthing - awarded £9,450 to provide educational workshops for 60 students and community art exhibition on the Pier
  • Friends of Homefield Park (Central): Active and green Homefield - awarded £10,000 to deliver a range of improvements to well used park
  • Charmandean and Area Residents' Association (Offington): Play Equipment for Hill Barn Recreation Ground - awarded £10,000 to provide play equipment for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years
  • Victoria Park Dog Walkers and Volunteers (Central): Victoria Park compost bins and bench - awarded £2,474 to provide two community composting bins and two picnic benches
  • 2nd Durrington Sea Scout Group (Durrington): Project Access - awarded £7,500 to help with inclusion of wheelchair users
  • Guild Care (Central): Methold House Garden - awarded £8,500 to improve the outdoor space and make it more user friendly
  • Friends of Denton Gardens (Central): Replace the Pergola in Denton Gardens, and Install a Commemorative Stone to Mark Next Year's Centenary of the Land Being Gifted to the Town by Alderman Denton - awarded £10,000 to improve the highly valued quiet green space

The following two community groups were invited to reapply for funding in future years:

  • Friends of West Worthing Park (Marine): applied for funding for a community seating shelter but with the Park being in the middle of a public consultation to work out what areas of the site should be prioritised, a view was taken that it would not be appropriate to allocate funding for this bid at this time until there was greater clarity on the wider project for the area.
  • Highdown Rotary (Offington): asked for funding for their rotary field, but has been told to work on the plan with park rangers to ensure it doesn’t conflict with other users.

The Council has provided feedback to these applicants and, providing they address the points raised, they are encouraged to submit their revised proposals as part of a future annual funding process. 

How to apply

The annual bidding process is currently closed. More information will be provided shortly about how to submit an application in 2022. 

All applicants will be asked to submit an application form which will allow the Council's Project Team to assess proposals against a range of criteria including:

  • Is the project led or supported by a ward member, local community or local organisation?
  • Does the project proposal provide evidence of benefits to local communities, residents, businesses and environments?
  • Will other sources of funding be secured alongside CIL neighbourhood funds?
  • Is the project deliverable?
  • What are the costs of the project (in particular the amount of CIL funding sought) against potential benefits for local communities?
  • What is the plan for sustaining the benefits of the project into the long-term?

Once the bids are scored, any projects which are deemed suitable to be granted funding will be presented to the Executive Member for Regeneration who will have the final say on which projects are approved. Funds will be released once all the necessary checks have been undertaken by Worthing Borough Council and a funding agreement is signed. The project will then be monitored to ensure the correct use is made of the CIL neighbourhood funds.

Any bids which aren't successful this year will be informed of the reasons why and will be given the opportunity to reapply next year, dependent on sufficient funds being available in the relevant ward pot.

Any questions?

Regarding expressions of interest or questions with regard to the Worthing CIL neighbourhood fund, please contact:

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Page last updated: 03 February 2022

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