Neighbourhood Fund is available for projects that Merton Council and communities have decided would address their priorities for Neighbourhood
Community Infrastructure Levy spending.
Bidding round spring 2019
Merton's Neighbourhood Fund will be open for bidding from
Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Tuesday 7 May 2019.
We estimate that £350,000 will be available for this bidding round.
How to apply
Please read the rest of this page carefully before submitting your application.
Please email additional documents in support of your application, such as maps, drawings, business plans and approval documents to
NeighbouhoodFund@merton.gov.uk quoting the unique reference number you were given after completing the form.
We will only approve bids for actual projects submitted with the prior approval from the body or service that would deliver the projects.
Members of the public will need to contact their Merton ward councillor who can get in contact with the delivery service to take their ideas forward, as appropriate. If a council service cannot deliver the project, then the council cannot take these forward and submit a bid for funding.
We will only approve funding for bids that:
- have the support of the organisation that the bidder represents,
- have the approval of all parties with a legal interest in the land or asset that is the subject of the bid, and
- do not conflict with statutory, regulatory or policy requirements of the council or other relevant regulatory bodies.
We are unlikely to support bids that:
- only support community features or assets unaffected by development and which would have little or no benefit to development,
- would only support private interests, or
- have little or no public benefit.
Bids will be assessed against the following criteria.
- Spending Neighbourhood CIL must accord with the CIL Regulations and government guidance on CIL.
- The proposal should demonstrate how it helps to deliver
Merton's Community Plan, including objectives such as bridging the gap, a healthy and fulfilling life, improving community safety and contributing to the community.
- The proposal must be an appropriate use of use of the funds and should not have any unacceptable financial implications (either capital or ongoing revenue funding) on the council or any other body.
- Estimated cost of the proposal should aim to be over £20,000.
- The proposal should be deliverable and capable of being started within the year ahead.
- Proposals should have endorsement by at least one
Merton ward councillor.
- Proposals should clearly demonstrate how it meets neighbourhood priorities. We will be looking for projects that clearly fall within one or more of the priorities favoured by the neighbourhood where the proposal would be located (or neighbourhood that would benefit most from the proposal) as demonstrated by the
results of the Neighbourhood CIL public consultation (Nov 2016-Jan 2017).
Each bid will be assessed by considering how it performs against the above criteria overall, with the assessment recorded and used inform the prioritisation process. To demonstrate compliance with criterion A, bids must clearly address the demands that development (such as new homes, shops and offices) place on the borough and the public it represents.
Bid processing and approval
For the spring 2019 bidding round, submissions will be considered over May and June 2019, following which we will inform you of our final decision on your bid. Financial allocations and any grant confirmations will be provided once the bid approvals have been confirmed.
Telephone: 020 8545 3837
Previous bidding rounds
For information about previous bidding rounds see,
Spending the CIL