Community Leadership Fund


The Community Leadership Fund enables city councillors to seek support that will have positive impacts on projects within their wards.

Each councillor has been allocated £1,000 to spend each financial year on neighbourhood projects. 

The funding must be spent on capital projects.

Examples of Community Leadership Fund projects

The following are some examples of the sort of projects that would qualify: 

  • Improving open spaces
  • Improving accessibility to community facilities, for example providing signs, the creation of ramps for disabled access or the provision of automatic door openers. Improvements to parking, e.g. setting out parking spaces
  • Investing in community buildings, for example the provision of a new heating system, kitchen, shed or storage facility. The installation of energy efficiency measures or the upgrading of toilets and changing areas
  • The refurbishment and / or replacement of playground equipment, play areas, skateboard facilities
  • Enhancing accessibility to open spaces, for example improvements to footpaths / trails, the provision of signs, the installation of a bench or litter bin
  • Projects to encourage the re-use of household items, for example the provision of local recycling sites
  • Projects linked to environmental sustainability, for example community composting schemes
  • Improving road safety, for example the provision of road signs
  • A wildlife garden / vegetable patch at a school
  • Securing a piece of land to develop into a community orchard or allotment
  • The installation of art to improve public space establishing a sense of place and local identity 

The funds cannot be used for general repairs, redecoration or maintenance projects.

How to apply

City councillors can now apply to the Community Leadership Fund for 2022-2023.

Please read the guidance document and return your completed application form to

The deadline for applying is 10 February 2023.

Community Leadership Fund 2022-2023 - guidance notes for councillors96KBpdf
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Community Leadership Fund 2022-2023 application form32KBword
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Breakdown of Community Leadership Fund spend

2021-2022 Councillor Spend Summary558KBpdf
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2020-2021 Councillor Spend Summary539KBpdf
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2019-2020 Councillor Spend Summary553KBpdf
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2018-2019 Councillor Spend Summary568KBpdf
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2017-2018 Councillor Spend Summary543KBpdf
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2016-2017 Councillor Spend Summary539KBpdf
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