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 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 2019||12 March 2019|
|12 February 2019||21 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
We also recommend you
contact your local ward councillor before applying.