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Apply to the Neighbourhood Fund

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 2020 - 12 May to 3 July - now closed

Following delays due to the on-going COVID 19 crisis Merton's Neighbourhood Fund bidding round 2020 ran from Tuesday 12 May to Friday 3 July 2020. 


A total of £1,413,819 funding was awarded accross 18 projects by Merton's Cabinet on 7 September 2020.

The full report and decsion can be viewed on the 7 September 2020 Cabinet meeting webpage at this link.

Funding will be released to successful bidders from the autumn 2020.

Additional Neighbourhood Fund allocations November 2020

A further four projects were allocated funding by Cabinet on 9 November 2020 using funding that was available for the bidding round 2020 but left over after the 18 allocations agreed by Cabinet in September. The details of the allocations including the reasons why these projects required funding to be allocated in advance of the next bidding round can be viewed on the 9 November 2020 Cabinet meeting webpage at this link. 

COVID 19 funding and support

For all COVID 19 updates, services and support or how you can help or seek funding opportunities, please refer to Council's dedicated coronavirus webpage

People or groups wishing to volunteer to help in the COVID 19 response are asked to contact Merton Voluntary Service Council (Merton Connected).  Please refer to the Merton Connected webpage.

Future bidding rounds

We are aiming 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.


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 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.



Bids will be 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 it represents.
  2. The proposal should demonstrate how it helps to deliver the priorities of  Merton's Community Plan 2020-2026 (draft approved by Merton Cabinet on 23rd March 2020).
  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 should clearly demonstrate how they meet 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.


Contact us

futureMerton team
Telephone: 020 8545 3449


Previous bidding rounds

For information about previous bidding rounds see, Spending the CIL