Issue details

Community Initiative Fund (CIF)

Since April 2018 the Community Initiative Fund (CIF) has been allocated by County Local Committees through a crowdfunding model called ‘the West Sussex Crowd’. This has enabled funding from other sources to be pledged to local projects and causes.  By early January 2019, over £190,000 had been pledged, £118,000 of which had come from external funding sources.  The ability to leverage such external funding, combined with the fact that the CIF budget is usually underspent each year, has led to the development of this proposal to reduce the CIF budget as part of the Council’s overall savings programme.


This report details the proposal to reduce the budget for the Council’s CIF from £280,000 per year to £140,000 per year.  This proposal will be included in the Governance Committee review of County Local Committees due to take place between May and September 2019, with implementation of savings to be delayed until the review has been completed.  Any in-year underspend in the CIF will not be rolled forward into the budget for 2019/20 but will be used to mitigate savings required for 2019/20 in front line service areas whilst alternative funding sources are explored.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 17/12/2018

Decision due: January 2019 by Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities

Lead member: Councillor Debbie Kennard

Contact: Nick Burrell, Strategic Manager (OPE and Growth), Place Services Email: Tel: 033 022 23881.

Consultation process

All members of the Council have been invited to comment on the proposal.


Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.

Democratic Services Contact: Erica Keegan Tel: 033 022 26050

West Sussex Plan Priority: A Council that Works for the Community


Background papers

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