The 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 2021 - now closed

Friday 9 July to Friday 10 September 2021


A total of £1.275 million was available for bidders. 

If you submitted a bid and would like to contact us with any questions or further information please email us at

After collating and assessing the submissions officers took a report to Merton's Cabinet meeting on 8 November 2021 (click here for a link to the meeting webpage where the final decision of Cabinet, the report and appendix containing a full list of bids and summary assessments can be found) where it was decided which bids should be allocated funding. Funding will be released to successful bidders from late 2021 and into 2022.


We look for proposals that would directly result in fantastic outcomes for our neighbourhoods and would address demands that development projects such as new housing schemes place on them.

We look 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, asset or service 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 projects, programmes 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.

Members of the public interested in the council delivering a project they have in mind can submit a bid when we are open for bidding but are advised to first contact their Merton ward councillor who can get in contact with the delivery service to take their ideas forward, as appropriate. Councillors will be advised as to whether or not the project is supported in principle and if so whether the project can be delivered within the funding timeframes or whether it could be considered for a funding bid in future years.


Bids are assessed against the following criteria.

  1. Spending Neighbourhood CIL must accord with the CIL Regulations and government guidance on CIL. To demonstrate compliance with criterion A, bids must clearly (in terms of demonstrable outcomes) address the demands that development (such as new homes, shops and offices) place on the borough and the public the council represents.
  2. The proposal should help to deliver a priority of Merton's Community Plan 2020-2026. We will be looking for proposals that deliver the overarching objective of the Community Plan of building social capital and bridging the gap in resilience and well being between different communities in terms of priorities for investment. 
  3. 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.
  4. Estimated cost of the proposal should aim to be over £20,000.
  5. The proposal should be deliverable and capable of being started within the year ahead.
  6. Proposals should have endorsement by at least one Merton ward councillor.
  7. Proposals will be assessed as to how they meet neighbourhood priorities. We will be looking for proposals that align with 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 is assessed by considering how it performs against the above criteria overall, with the assessment recorded and used inform the prioritisation process.

Future bidding rounds

We aim to seek new bids on an annual basis subject to sufficient funding being available from CIL receipts. This page will be updated with dates for the next bidding round as income accumulates.

Contact us

futureMerton team
Telephone: 020 8545 3197

Previous bidding rounds

For information about previous bidding rounds see, Spending the CIL