Merton launches neighbourhood funding programme

Merton Council has launched a £1 million neighbourhood funding programme to enhance community spaces and invest in infrastructure across the borough.

This year’s bidding to the Neighbourhood Fund opened on Tuesday 12 May and will close on Friday 3 July, with a decision on successful bids made at Merton Council’s Cabinet meeting in September.

The key criteria for funding, is how proposed projects will bridge the gap between the east and the west of the borough - to reduce the economic and social inequalities measured against our community plan, but also projects which will enhance neighbourhoods which have seen new developments and homes built. Last year, the council received bids to the fund totalling £2.4m, with nearly £1m given out to 14 projects from across the borough following a competitive process.

The funding for the Neighbourhood Fund comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – which is money developers are required to pay as part of planning consent to support the demands their development will place on the local area.

For the criteria for bids and the application form visit: www.merton.gov.uk/neighbourhoodfund

For more information email NeighbourhoodFund@merton.gov.uk