Small improvement grants for council estates
Our Small Improvement Budget (SIB) gives grants to residents to make improvements to their estate or block which will benefit the community.
These are for projects which you think are important and would not normally be funded by other budgets.
I have a Small Improvement Budget idea or project
Anyone living in a council managed property should contact their residents' association (RA) with any ideas or projects.
The majority of SIB projects come from residents' associations/co-ops meetings with residents.
I don't have a residents' association
If you don't have a RA, either contact your Resident Participation Officer or your estate manager. Communities without a RA can still apply for a grant, but not until around September of each year.
Qualifying for a Small Improvement Budget grant
Projects or schemes must be for the benefit of the majority of residents. Priority is given to those with residents' associations, co-ops or RMOs which form part of the formal structure. To qualify for funding the project/scheme must:
- Be under £20,000*
- An improvement and non-rechargeable to leaseholders
- Not incur any ongoing maintenance costs
- Not part of an existing programme of works (e.g. door entry systems)
*Although schemes cannot exceed £20,000 (£25,000 for central area), more than one scheme can run on an estate at the same time.
Types of projects
The types of schemes funded include:
- Community gardens and landscaping
- Railings and other new security features
- Bike stores and racks
- Bin enclosures
- Tables and benches (for clubrooms and gardens)
RPO help and assistance
Once you've contacted your RPO they will:
- Confirm if your project meets the criteria
- Will also take you through the process, explaining which forms to complete and what it entails
- Discuss the suggestion with other residents where necessary and seek quotes