Hounslow Council is providing £300, 000 to support projects across the borough, so that residents can make a positive difference in their communities.
The Community Infrastructure Levy [CIL] will provide hundreds of local charities, voluntary and community group the resources they need.
A launch event taking place on Thursday 13 July, from 6pm, at the Holiday Inn, Commerce Road, Brentford, TW8 8GA, is open to community organisations to get advice and information on how they can bid for a share of the money.
It is expected that the money will be made available for local community projects such as:
- Education and health facilities
- Community and faith buildings
- Skills and training
- Leisure and cultural facilities
- Public open space and leisure
- Transport, public realm and public art.
The CIL is a tax on developers who build in Hounslow, and the Council will allocate at least 15 per cent of all money raised to local community projects.
This results in 15 per cent of over £2m that is expected this year and then 15 per cent of over £10m in the years ahead. The rest of CIL receipts are ring-fenced for schools, health, public transport and other major infrastructure projects. CIL largely replaces the Section 106 funds that were contributed by developers in previous years.
Councillor Theo Dennison, Cabinet Member for Finance and Citizen Engagement, Hounslow Council, said: “We are really impressed by the tremendous work done by the voluntary and community sector and the fantastic results they achieve, so we are determined to do more to help support their wonderful efforts.
“As Hounslow continues to grow, developers are going to be asked to contribute millions to the borough through the community infrastructure levy and we want to ensure that people in every community get a chance to direct where that money is being spent to improve and benefit their area.
“The thousands of pounds we will distribute this year is in addition to the £3m of Section 106 money we allocated to local community projects last year and the £2m allocated in February 2017.”