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Applying for CIL funds for an infrastructure project

Applying for CIL funds for an infrastructure project

Applying for CIL funds takes four stages.

Below is how each stage works:

  • Stage 1: annual call for projects
    What you can expect to happen Forms or further information

    Once a year the SDNPA will have a ‘call for projects’, inviting local communities including Parish and Town Councils, County and District Councils, service providers and other stakeholders to put forward projects for CIL funding.  

    We will also review existing information and projects sent to us in previous years.Initial bids (referred to as ‘Expression of Interest’ or CIL EOI) should be made via the SDNPA’s ‘Projects for the South Downs’ (an online application process).

    Bids should include information on:

    • Existing demands on infrastructure.
    • Additional demands likely to arise from proposed development.
    • The extent to which existing infrastructure or services are capable, in terms of location, capacity and suitability, of meeting those additional demands.
    • The estimated costs.
    • The timescales for implementation.

    We have provided a guide as to what a good CIL application might look like to help.

    Bids are unlikely to be successful if there are other funding sources currently available that could help deliver the scheme. 

    Strategic or large-scale schemes, for example some transport or education matters, will require the support of the relevant Highway Authority or Local Education Authority

    The application window is now closed   

    Applications should be submitted via – Projects of the South DownsWhat does a good CIL fund application look like?

  • Stage 2: assessment
    What you can expect to happen Forms or further information
    Projects put forward for funding will then be assessed in three initial stages:

    • Step 1 – Basic Eligibility Test, when considering a project the following questions will be asked:
      • Is it infrastructure?
      • Does it comply with the Regulation 123 list?
      • Does it relate to and support the South Downs Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans?

    If the answer is ‘No’ to any of the above then the project is not eligible for CIL funding. If the answer is ‘Yes’, then the project will move onto Step 2.

    • Step 2 – Category of Project, the SDNPA will prioritise projects (which may involve discussions with County Councils and other strategic infrastructure providers).  Projects will be categorised as Critical, Essential, High Policy Priority or Desirable.
    • Step 3 – Scoring of Projects
      • Projects will be scored using the ‘Scoring Matrix’.
      • Projects are put into 5 year periods based upon when we understand they will be delivered.
      • We will also identify those infrastructure projects where Parish / Town Councils could use their own CIL payments (if they have them)  to deliver the project. If they so wish to, a Parish / Town Council can request the SDNPA to retain all or part of their 15% or 25% to ensure maximum funding is available.

    Liaison will also take place with key officers across the National Park, in particular focusing on where proposals can link to objectives within the South Downs Partnership Management Plan.

    Regulation 1 2 3 ListExample Scoring Matrix
  • Stage 3: awarding the grants

    What you can expect to happen

    Forms or further information

    The Infrastructure Business Plan (IBP) will set out which projects will be allocated funding within that particular year.  

    It is presented for formal approval at Planning Committee.

    Once approved, an ‘in principle’ agreement has been given to allocate funding to those projects and successful applicants will be notified.

    Projects not allocated CIL funding will be carried over and reviewed for the following year(s) Infrastructure Business Plan.  

    These applicants will also be notified and asked to review the information we hold. 

    • Stage 4: receiving the funds
      What you can expect to happen Forms or further information

      Successful applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed application (known as a CIL Grant application).  

      The purpose of this will be to confirm in more detail the use of the funds, the responsible organisation, timescales, claw back arrangements, payment details etc

      CIL Grant application form


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