New Homes Bonus

Under the New Homes Bonus the Government matches the council tax raised for new homes and properties brought back into use, with another £350 for each affordable home.

We are using these funds to address the needs of local communities by dividing the funds into two areas:

  • 40% for Locally Important Projects
  • 60% for Housing and Neighbourhood Planning

Bids for funding need to show that they:

  • address community needs identified in local community plans
  • produce good value for money
  • show that they are possible

Locally Important Projects funding

The Locally Important Projects funding is further divided into two schemes:

1.    Member Locality Budgets Scheme: £1,000 for each SLDC Councillor for use for projects in their ward areas. Details are given in the councillors' spending overview.

2.    Locally Important Projects: Locally Important Projects funding can be used to support the delivery of infrastructure such as:

  • additional, or extension of, social facilities
  • improvements to paths, walkways and the local environment

While new developments are generally expected to meet their own infrastructure needs the funding can be used to support wider community infrastructure or facilities which help a community after new development.

The funds can match other sources of funding available.

Applications for Locally Important Projects are now being sought for allocation of funding from New Homes Bonus funding expected to be available in 2017/18. The Government has not indicated to date that there will be any changes to the availability of New Homes next year. We are therefore progressing with the applications process on that basis. If there is any change notified to us this will be publicised as soon as we have it.

How do I apply?


  • This fund is now open.
  • The deadline for applications is  12 noon Monday 13 February, any applications received after this date cannot be considered.
  • Please complete the LIP Grant Funding Application Form 2017-18 using the LIP Grant Funding Guidance Notes 2017-18 , both provided below:

LIP Grant Funding Guidance Notes 2017-18

LIP Grant Funding Application Form 2017-18


Approved round four projects (Spring 2016)

The projects approved using the £284,600 funding available in the fourth round were:


Approved project

Approved amount

Arnside Educational Institute Increase community web and storage facilities £15,000
Brigsteer Village Hall Drainage and lighting improvements to car park £3,500
Burneside Parish Council
The Riverside Project, enhance the visual and amenity value of the stretch of the river before Ford and Mill Bridges
Crosthwaite Exchange
Upgrade of cooking provisions
Friends of Lightburn Park Improvements to Lightburn Park £20,000
Grange Athletic Football Club Supply and install drainage scheme into the pitch £10,000
Grange Town Council Redevelop and upgrade existing SLDC playground on the Memorial/Yew Tree Playing Field, Grange £20,000
Kendal Rugby Club and The Queen Katherine School Feasibility study into the possibility of developing site to improve sports facilities and enhance the sports development programme for the Rugby Club, school and local community £18,000
Kendal Town Council Redevelop and upgrade existing SLDC playground on Abbott Hall Park, Kendal £20,000
Kendal Town Council Kendal Trail Project, promoting Kendal by highlighting walking routes, fascinating points of interest and heritage to visitors £8,000
Kendal Town Council Improvement of footpath surface from Dean Gibson to Collin Road £9,000
Milnthorpe Play Area Development Fitness facility/trim trail for children £5,230
New Hutton Parish Council Installation of Rural Broadband £20,000
Preston Richard Parish Council Group Creation of a footpath on the A65 at Crooklands £10,000
Ruskin Museum Replacement of current lighting system with LED technology £3,500
Staveley Parish Council Refurbishment of Ings village playground £7,500
Cartmel Township Initiative
Wide range of actions to ease increased traffic congestion in Cartmel £60,000
Millerground Enhancement Project Relocation and redesign of the children's playground £50,000

Previously funded projects: