Worthing CIL Neighbourhood Fund

Worthing Borough Council is 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. The pots of money shown in the table below will be opening up to bids from 2nd August 2021.

What can the CIL neighbourhood fund be used for?

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 community. Local project proposals seeking support from the CIL neighbourhood fund, can therefore cover a broad range of infrastructure types, including for example: footpaths, cycle ways, public transport facilities and 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, community safety, health, learning and education).

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. The table below outlines those wards which have reached the £10k mark and the amount of money in those CIL ward pots for this year (as of 31/03/2021):

  • Central Ward: £105,579.94
  • Durrington Ward: £21,258.37
  • Marine Ward: £14,094.48
  • Offington Ward: £15,547.95
  • Salvington Ward: £10,678.76
  • Tarring Ward: £11,177.40
  • Total: £178,336.90

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. 

The launch of the CIL neighbourhood funds is in conjunction with the implementation of the revised CIL charging schedule. Under the previous charging schedule four wards (Broadwater, Castle, Gaisford & Selden) had a nil CIL rate for residential development. In line with the revised charging schedule this will no longer be the case and, as such, for developments approved after 1st August 2021, funds will now be collected in all wards.

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. 

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 is 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.

How to apply:

Project proposals have to be made between 2nd August and 27th September 2021 using the Council's CIL neighbourhood fund application form:

The information provided will be used to assess proposals so all sections must be completed as fully as possibly. Proposals without an application form will not be considered.

The application form 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?
  • Is the project located in a Worthing ward with sufficient CIL neighbourhood funds available (ie in the region of £10,000)?
  • Does the project proposal provide Infrastructure in terms of the CIL Regulations neighbourhood fund definition?
  • 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?

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email:

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Page last updated: 31 August 2021

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