Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council are promoting a community fund that is designed to promote greener living and healthier lifestyles among communities in Cornwall.
Since January 2019 Cornwall Council have required developers to pay into a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Part of the levy is distributed to town or parish councils where the development has taken place. So far Cornwall Council has paid £203,900 to local councils through CIL.
The remainder is used to benefit communities across Cornwall by helping to mitigate adverse effects of development through new or improved infrastructure.
Cornwall Council have now earmarked £500,000 of that fund to help communities kickstart low carbon projects.
From 1st July not-for-profit organisations and constituted community groups including local town or parish councils can apply for up to £100,000 to fund infrastructure projects that will help boost greener living or promote healthier lifestyles.
Edwina Hannaford, Liberal Democrat portfolio holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods said:
“The new community CIL Fund is a direct result of our ambition to make Cornwall as green as we can possibly be. The Liberal Democrat group working with Independents on the Council have created or promoted a number of initiatives that will help meet the ambitious targets set out in our climate change action plan, including:
- The Forest for Cornwall which will eventually cover 8,000 hectares and capture up to 38,000 tonnes of carbon each year.
- Retrofitting of Cornwall Housing homes to make them more energy efficient
- Invested in a 3mw wind turbine and 2 deep geothermal projects.
- Applied for grants to significantly increase the number of electric vehicle charging points across Cornwall
“We were one of the first councils to create a comprehensive climate action plan and are leading the way in promoting green initiatives.”
Dulcie Tudor, Liberal Democrat Chair of Strategic Planning said:
“The new CIL Fund is an exciting opportunity for community organisations to build low carbon projects into their local infrastructure. Covid-19 has shown that there can be no going back to business as usual and Lib Dems on Cornwall Council are determined to provide the tools and funding for local communities to flourish in a way that helps to tackle climate change.”
The new CIL Fund will hand out grants of £20,000 to £100,000 through a competitive application process. Applicants will need to show how there is local need and community support for their project as well as how it will enable lower carbon living as part of the Council’s ambitions for Cornwall to become carbon neutral by 2030.
This could include projects such as new pedestrian and cycle paths to improve links around and to community centres, improvements or creation of green spaces using infrastructure, or the adaptation of community buildings to enable multi-use functions such as improved access to health facilities and physical activities.
Infrastructure projects that will help communities recover from the impact of COVID-19 will also be welcomed.
The application form and guidance will be available here from 1 July. Deadline for applications is 19 October 2020.