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

17 April 2018

12 June 2018

15 May 2018

10 July 2018

12 June 2018

7 August 2018

10 July 2018

4 September 2018

7 August 2018

2 October 2018

4 September 2018

30 October 2018

2 October 2018

27 November 2018

30 October 2018

18 December 2018

27 November2018

15 January 2019

18 December 2018

12 February 2019

15 January 2018

12 March 2019

12 February 2018

21 March 2019

Is your project eligible for Neighbourhood Improvement Funding?

Eligible projects

Examples are provided below to support you in deciding if your project is eligible for Neighbourhood Improvement Funding:

  • 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
  • Paying for excursions and outreach work, including any associated and necessary refreshments and equipment costs for either the excursion and/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 community use of a building (subject to relevant / appropriate permissions)

Ineligible projects

Neighbourhood Improvement Funding 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, regular room hire costs, rent, rates, salaries, postage or stationery etc.)
  • Any activities that may conflict with Wakefield Council policies
  • Events involving alcohol
  • Retrospective applications. Any costs paid or liabilities incurred before the neighbourhood improvement fund is awarded, will not be funded. Groups need to ensure that they make themselves aware of the funding timetable and plan their submissions accordingly in advance of any project or event to allow adequate time for consultation and processing
  • The cost of work/activities that any other person/agency has a statutory duty to undertake for example school curriculum activities
  • The construction or acquisition of buildings
  • Interest/service charges or contingent liabilities
  • One day outings and lunches, except in very unusual circumstances.

How to apply?

Download a copy of the application form and guidance.

See an example of an application.

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

Contact us

Area Working Team

Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

0345 8 506 506