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Chrysalis funding

Each year one million pounds is spent on Chrysalis projects across the borough providing one-off capital funding for the improvement of council-owned assets; from buying new playground equipment to resurfacing car parks. All in the name of helping instil a sense of pride in your community.

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Funding criteria

Chrysalis funding is available for the provision of or enhancement of facilities on council land only

  • Your proposal must clearly demonstrate an improvement or benefit to the local community and support the council's objectives. This could include proposals which support local priorities such as:-
    • maintaining parks and green spaces
    • helping people to lead healthier, independent lives
    • promoting and investing in town centres
  • Proposals from voluntary organisations, community groups etc to enhance a council-owned asset must have appropriate and current lease/license arrangements in place and not be in financial arrears to the council. The proposal should demonstrate a clear benefit to the wider community.
  • The proposal should be for 'one-off' capital funding of a project of between £5,000 and £100,000 to enhance a community facility without creating any additional on-going financial commitment from the council.
  • Buildings or facilities managed through Hillingdon Housing services, and their partners, are not eligible for Chrysalis funding.
  • Primary and secondary schools, including academy status schools, can apply for Chrysalis funding, provided that the proposal meets all other relevant criteria and can demonstrate that specific benefits to the wider community will be achieved, over and above the educational merits expected from a school. In these circumstances the Chrysalis funding may be paid as a direct grant to the recipient.
  • Exceptional proposals, in particular those which demonstrate a significant improvement to the overall well-being of the community may also be considered.

What Chrysalis can't fund

  • Community events or activities.
  • Purchases of furniture or equipment.
  • Projects placing long term and additional financial demand on the council, such as lighting projects.
  • Projects on land under control of Hillingdon Housing Service.
  • Road improvements or traffic calming (however projects that will improve road safety for pedestrians may be considered).
  • Applications for work at council office premises.

Evidence of community support for an application will strengthen the case.

Examples of recent projects

Since 2009 over 200 projects have benefited from Chrysalis funding including the installation of new playgrounds, refurbishment of community buildings, park footpath improvements and creation of outdoor gyms.


Anyone who is 18 or over and lives, works or studies in Hillingdon can propose an improvement and if the suggestion is taken up, the council will undertake all aspects of the project including consultation, design, commissioning of contractors and inspecting the work.

Parents, guardians teachers and youth leaders are welcome to make a submission on behalf of younger people provided that the adult's contact details are submitted.

Submit your suggestion now! 

The successful projects will be chosen by Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration.

For more information, please contact the Community Engagement Team.

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