Up to £20,000 available through Neighborhood Grant…
The Watford Neighborhood Grant is now officially open, offering residents the opportunity to access grants ranging from a few hundred pounds to up to £20,000, to help cope with the impact of new developments in the area and ensure that residents benefit from sustainable growth in the borough .
The funding, which has been generated by new housing developments otherwise known as Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), is awarded by Watford Borough Council to local projects that will enhance, benefit and shape the development of communities in the city . This will be the first year that community members will be able to apply for funding and will be available on an annual basis.
To ensure the local involvement of people in their area, grant allocations will be influenced by a survey of other people’s suggestions and ideas about where the money should be spent. This will be achieved through the new Board Engagement Platform to watfordquartiergrant.commonplace.iswhich will have geographically focused interactive maps, where users can pin their comments to specific locations to help understand what local residents are saying – and where.
For those interested in applying to help make a real difference in their neighborhood, applications can be submitted until the August 5 deadline. The money can be used for a multitude of projects, with CIL guidelines stating that the funding should be spent on infrastructure or “anything to do with meeting the demands that development places on an area”. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Environmental improvements – such as landscaping and improving open spaces
- New or improved playgrounds and facilities
- Public Art and Street Furniture
- Community safety measures (e.g. CCTV, lighting)
- Traffic calming measures
- Equipment for a community group
- Provision of more facilities for the community
- Projects that benefit a local neighborhood or wider community
- Improving local amenities such as community centers or sports halls
* Neighborhood grant can be used for public art such as the King George V Playing Fields sign
Watford Mayor-elect Peter Taylor said: “We want our communities to feel engaged and included in the future development of their neighbourhood, street, road, park or community centre. Therefore, we are delighted to launch this fund and I invite you to start developing your project offers now.
“We hope that many local organizations will take advantage of the grants available. We want to support projects that will make a real difference in the lives of people in our communities. We also hope to see a wide range of submissions from our diverse communities that will help people become more actively involved in their neighborhoods. To ensure the best chance of success, get involved early and share your ideas with councilors in your neighborhood.
* The neighborhood grant can be used for public art such as the Watford FC mural in Vicarage Road