Neighbourhood Improvement Fund

​Each of the Council’s 21 wards has been allocated funding from the Neighbourhood Improvement Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide small grants (up to a maximum of £500 per project) for community groups in recognition of the contribution they make in achieving the district’s priorities.

We are responsible for administering the fund which includes assessing each application to ensure it meets set criteria, making decisions on allocation of grants and monitoring the expenditure and outcomes of each agreed project.

Applications will be submitted to the Neighbourhood Improvement Fund Panel for determination.

Bids are invited for the fund from any voluntary, community, recreational groups and special interest forums, based and working within the Wakefield District. Grants are available for the purchase of specific items or towards the cost of specific pieces of work.

When deciding when to start your project, applicants must allow us eight weeks from each closing date to make a funding decision. However if your application is fully completed, signed and submitted with all the required supporting evidence it may be discussed at an earlier Panel. 

Incomplete applications or applications without the correct supporting evidence will not be processed and returned.

Application deadlines

Application closing date Latest grant decision panel date
30 October 201818 December 2018
27 November201815 January 2019
18 December 201812 February 2019
15 January 201912 March 2019
12 February 201921 March 2019

What can the grant be used for?

To help you decide if your project is eligible please see the examples below:-

  • Buying materials for a community art club, drama society, or similar event
  • Paying for a training programme or learning opportunity for a group’s committee or its members
  • Hiring or purchasing of equipment
  • Paying for new groups to hire a room to hold a first meeting
  • Funding a community festival, sports day or similar events (please see below for restrictions)
  • Paying for Research or Outreach work
  • Supporting fund raising activities for the applicant in order to assist with the overall sustainability of the organisation
  • Buying basic IT equipment and necessary training to support its use
  • Design and print of community group stationery or publicity materials
  • Renovating premises or building improvements to enhance the community’s use of a building (subject to relevant / appropriate permissions)

The Neighbourhood Improvement Fund cannot support the following activities:

  • Activities for religious or politically oriented purposes (although applications from religious groups for community activities are welcomed)
  • Overheads or running costs for the group/organisation (i.e. public liability insurances, room rental, rates, salaries, postage etc)
  • Venue or Room Hire costs except when a new group is using a venue to hold their first meeting
  • Any activities that may conflict with Wakefield Council policies
  • Events which involve alcohol
  • Retrospective applications - when the project has already taken place. Groups need to ensure that they make themselves aware of the time it takes to process the paperwork and plan their application accordingly; it can take up to 8 weeks from each closing date before a decision is made
  • Activities that would normally be funded from statutory sources e.g. Local Authorities, Schools, Police
  • The construction or acquisition of buildings
  • Interest/service charges or contingent liabilities
  • Outings/ Trips out of the district
  • Food (including festive variety boxes, Easter eggs or Halloween food gifts)
  • Refreshments, except in very exceptional circumstances
  • Lunches/ Meals, except in very exceptional circumstances

How to apply?

Download a copy of the application form and guidance.

We also recommend you contact your local ward councillor before applying.

Contact us

Area Working Team

Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street
Wakefield
WF1 2EB

01924 305891