Apply for the Local Community Improvement Fund

About the fund and application process and details on how to apply.

About the fund 

Payments made via the Community Infrastructure Levy enable the Council to raise funds for some forms of new development in the community, to help fund the infrastructure needed to mitigate the impacts of that development. A proportion of the money collected through the Levy, known as the Local Community Improvement Fund, can be spent on local projects in the Borough. 

The types of infrastructure included are as follows:    

  • shared Suitable Accessible Natural Greenspace (SANG) 
  • open space 
  • local sustainable transport projects, play areas & equipped playing space 
  • indoor sports & leisure facilities 
  • community facilities 
  • climate change 
  • digital infrastructure 

Funding application periods 

There will be two opportunities in each financial year (from the beginning of April) to submit projects for consideration.

The next bidding round opens on Tuesday 2 January 2024, and closes at midnight on Wednesday 31 January 2024. 

Apply for the Local Community Improvement Fund

Application process 

Once forms have been reviewed the decision(s) will be made by the SHBC Executive, via consultation with local communities and Ward Councillors. 

The bidding for funds for projects is designed for non-Parished areas in the Borough only. Parish Councils can be approached directly for support in relation to project funds, since they receive a proportion of Community Infrastructure Levy monies from building developments in their Parishes. 

Local groups (such as residents' associations, sports clubs and community groups) and infrastructure providers (including the Environment Agency, NHS/GP surgeries and Surrey County Council) can suggest projects or improvements by completing and submitting the online Local Community Improvement Fund Project Application Form.

Prior to submitting the form, please read the Local Community Improvement Fund guidance notes carefully. Any additional documents to support your submitted application should be emailed separately to (link sends e-mail)

The projects selected for CIL funding will be outlined in an Annual Infrastructure Funding Statement, and updated during each financial year.