Supporting capital projects within Gateshead

  • Grant Range: Up to £5,000
  • Closing Date: rolling grants programme
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About the Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge made by local authorities on new building developments in their area, for example, when new housing is constructed.
Funds raised through CIL help local authorities deliver the infrastructure needed to support these developments, including support for local charitable organisations.

The CIL Fund will only consider applications for capital projects of benefit to local communities in the specific wards listed below. Funds are limited so please apply as soon as possible; once the available funds are allocated, the fund will close. Applicants must demonstrate sustainability, with no ongoing revenue costs for Gateshead Council.

Applications will be considered from voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations, based in the following wards:

• Chopwell and Rowlands Gill
• Winlaton and High Spen
• Blaydon
• Whickham North
• Dunston Hill and Whickham East
• Lobley Hill and Bensham
• Lamesley
• Low Fell
• Bridges
• Deckham

Applications must outline the proposed capital project and the benefits for the local community. You can apply for up to £5,000, although larger grants will be considered where there is significant community impact.

Applicants will also need to provide copies of the following documents with their application:

• Most recent annual accounts
• Governing document
• Bank statement no more than three months old
• Project budget and quotes for the work or items to be purchased
• Copies of relevant insurance policies and asset register

For capital building works, the following must also be provided:
• Evidence that any capital works have been approved by the owner of the building
• Architect and surveyor reports, together with any relevant permissions, for example Building Control and Party Wall

Please note that applications will not be considered if appropriate documentation is not submitted.


In addition to the standard Community Foundation exclusions, CIL will not support revenue or project costs, including overheads and full cost recovery

Decision making

Decisions on applications will be made by an Advisory Panel, which includes representatives of the Ward under consideration, Gateshead Council and the Community Foundation.
The Community Foundation expects to notify successful applicants within eight weeks of submission.

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