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Lewisham Council launches £2.5 million second round of NCIL community funding

Lewisham Council has launched the £2.5 million second round of Neighbourhood community infrastructure levy funding (NCIL) this week. Lewisham’s NCIL project is an innovative way to fund a variety of community projects from money secured from development in the borough.

Collage of community groups

From Monday 8 July until Monday 23 September, local organisations can apply for funding for community projects and local residents can also have their say on proposed projects through our consultation hub. All details on the application and consultation process can be found through our community funding website.

The first NCIL funding project was launched in Lewisham in 2021. Since then, more than 170 community projects have been funded across the borough. From playgrounds to community centres, neighbourhood gardens to events for all ages, the first round of NCIL funding has already made a real difference to life in Lewisham!

Previous NCIL projects funded in Lewisham include:

  • more than 50 projects to improve gardens, playgrounds and green spaces
  • 18 community centre projects 
  • 29 youth projects
  • 9 projects to encourage exercise and activity
  • 7 learning and training programmes
  • 17 arts, singing and festival projects
  • 2 sanctuary seeker projects
  • 5 projects for elderly people
  • 6 food poverty initiatives

See all of the previous NCIL funded projects.

The second round of funding applications will be assessed and reviewed over the autumn and a recommendation will be made to Mayor and Cabinet in Spring 2025. The local capital projects to be awarded funding will take into account the feedback from Lewisham’s residents as well as equalities considerations and will include community facilities, youth activities, green spaces, transport and streets. This funding will be spread right across the borough, helping a wide range of community organisations and residents.

Councillor Edison Huynh, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture said:

“NCIL ensures that residents are firmly put at the heart of decision-making in our community. I am proud that Lewisham is the first council in the UK to use a deprivation indicator to allocate additional money to the local areas that need it the most. Lewisham is fully committed to investing in its communities, taking money from new developments and putting it back into the community to help local residents.

“We’ve already seen the tremendous difference NCIL projects can make across every ward in our borough so I’m excited that we are launching our second round of this funding. Thank you to our amazing and dedicated voluntary and community partners who help make these projects happen.”

Find out more at communityfunding.lewisham.gov.uk

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