Chrysalis projects

Each year £1 million is spent on Chrysalis projects across the borough - from buying new playground equipment to the refurbishment of community buildings.

Anyone who is 18 or over and lives, works or studies in Hillingdon can propose an improvement.

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.

Funding criteria

  1. Proposals for Chrysalis funding must clearly demonstrate an improvement to council-owned assets to benefit the local community and will need to support priorities set out within Hillingdon's Strategic Climate Change Plan. 

    This could include:

    - funding energy efficient measures and improvements to council owned assets

    - investing in allotments whereby residents - particularly those who may not have gardens themselves - can be encouraged to grow their own food and compost organic waste where possible

    - continuing to add value to programmes improving town centres and local parades across the borough, particularly in terms of improvements to help mitigate against flooding, as well as measures that encourage residents who want to walk or cycle to local facilities

    - focusing Chrysalis investment on refurbishing and renovating the many existing playgrounds and outdoor gyms throughout the borough to ensure that these continue to provide residents with free, quality, and convenient community amenities.

  2. The proposal should be for one-off capital funding of at least £5,000 to a likely maximum of £100,000 to enhance a community facility without creating any additional on-going financial commitment from the council.

  3. Exceptional proposals, in particular those that demonstrate a significant contribution towards the council's 2030 carbon neutral commitment may also be considered in excess of the £100k threshold.

  4. 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 (as per the item a above) and local support.
  5. Local authority community maintained schools, that can demonstrate a wider public benefit of the Chrysalis funding, (over and above educational merits expected from a school), can apply, provided that the proposal meets all other relevant criteria.
  6. Buildings or facilities managed through Hillingdon Housing services, and their partners are not eligible for Chrysalis funding. Neither are proposals that would undermine the council's Strategic Climate Change Plan, such as introducing new lighting into parks and open spaces or using council-owned green spaces to create new parking facilities. Chrysalis cannot fund events, activities or furniture and equipment.

The successful projects will be chosen by Cllr Edward Lavery, Cabinet Member for Residents' Services.

If your suggestion is taken up, the council will either undertake all aspects of the project including consultation, design, commissioning of contractors and inspecting the work or issue the funding as a grant

For more information, email us at

Make a suggestion for Chrysalis funding

Page last updated: 16 May 2024