Community grants and funding

Community Environmental Development Fund

The Community Environmental Development Fund (CEDF) benefits local people by supporting them to improve the environment of the borough, or to increase safety in communities or on our highways.

The fund will support projects that either:

  • renew, improve or create a capital or fixed asset – that is, land, buildings or equipment
  • improve the appearance of the borough
  • transform or improve the quality or safety of residential streets – for example, repair of paths, or practical ways to prevent fly-tipping

In particular, it should benefit children, young people, older people or those who need extra support or care.

Who can apply

Grants will be awarded for projects and activities where there is evidence that they:

  • meet a community need
  • are value for money
  • are well planned, consider potential risks and will be well managed
  • have long-term benefits
  • make a difference to the community
  • can get 10% of capital funds from another source
  • can keep going without further funding from the council
  • have expenditure that can be accounted, with evidence through receipts

We will not award grants for ineligible programmes such as:

  • fundraising or campaign activities
  • administrative costs or recoverable VAT
  • projects or activities that have already taken place
  • feasibility studies
  • on-going maintenance costs of projects supported by the CEDF
  • projects with no long-term sustainability
  • projects relating to the purchase or installation of Christmas lights

You can apply for the CEDF if you are either:

  • a community group with a constitution or set of rules that clearly define your group's aims, objectives and procedures, and with a bank or building society account in the name of your organisation that requires at least 2 signatures on each cheque or withdrawal
  • an individual with a constituted community group that is able to take receipt of the grant, with a bank or building society account in the name of the group that requires at least 2 signatures on each cheque or withdrawal

Previous projects

You can read about previous grant awards below.