Investment group

The investment group works in partnership with the resident involvement team to make decisions on resident-led bids for environmental improvements to communal areas on council housing land.

Projects can include but are not limited to:

  • play areas
  • ball courts
  • green roofs
  • community growing gardens
  • waste and recycling provisions
  • secure bike storage
  • landscaping.

The aims of the investment group are to:

  • review and agree funding applications for environmental improvements outside the scope of the responsive repairs process or planned maintenance schemes
  • consider funding applications against an agreed set of criteria
  • provide accountability, transparency and value for money in terms of reviewing and agreeing funding application
  • ensure that funding to deliver projects through the council’s approved contractors is awarded where it is most needed
  • undertake site visits to check on the quality, biodiversity and sustainability of projects.

For more information view the investment group terms of reference.

Key facts

  • 6 meetings a year, usually held online using Microsoft Teams.
  • You will be asked to become a member of the group and make a commitment of at least 12 months.
  • You need to be able to spare at least 3 hours, 6 times per year.

Latest news and updates

The place environmental rejuvenation programme (PERP) provides funding to transform public spaces on council owned housing estates so they are greener, safer and benefit the local community.

Project funding, for delivery by our approved contractor, can be up to £75,000.

For more information on this, visit the get involved and make a bid page.

The next annual round of funding opens on 2 March 2021. If you have ideas for green projects in your area, please let us know using the contact details at the bottom of the page. All applications need to be received by 5pm on Friday 30 April 2021.

Behind the scenes: The investment group

Read how the investment group has helped us allocate funding to projects.

The Investment Group is really important because it is about residents prioritising and agreeing by consensus on how funding is spent on their neighbourhoods. It is also about residents suggesting and agreeing what areas funding is spent on to improve different areas of their communities.

I am currently the Chair of the Investment Group and have been involved in helping to allocate community funding for over five years. The Investment Group was set up in June 2015 and brought together Neighbourhood Improvement Fund and Housing Improvement Projects. It is fantastic that residents are working together with officers from the housing team to deliver positive benefits to council housing communities.

I originally got involved because I wanted to make sure that council housing residents were fully benefitting from the funding opportunities that are available to them. In the future, I would really like to see the Investment Group working on the sustainability of the projects that they agree, as well as to work with officers from the housing team to look at new external funding opportunities.

By Kim Shearer, Chair of the investment group

Interested in joining us?

Sign up to get involved with the investment group or other resident involvement groups.

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Get Involved Hub

Investment group members can view meeting minutes, presentations and group discussion chats on the Get Involved Hub - Investment forum

Contact us

Contact the resident involvement team on 020 8753 6652 or email